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Friday, 26 February 2010

National Science and Engineering Week

It's that time of year again and the National Science and Engineering Week is fast approaching. From March 12th until March 21st the University of Sheffield has once again teamed up with Sheffield Hallam University, local schools, industry, commerce and museums throughout South Yorkshire to celebrate the best in British research and innovation.

This year's theme is Earth in support of the International Year of Biodiversity and the What on Earth project - an initiative 'encouraging everyone to get outside into their gardens and local parks and take photos of the wildlife they don’t recognise'. If you come across something unusual (or not so unusual) head over to www.whatonearth.org.uk armed with your image and get it identified by a team of scientific experts. I have a picture of a flower I'd be interested in someone identifying so if any of you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them:

Flower

The program of events (mostly free and open to the public) includes a David Allen-Booth Memorial Lecture entitled Shapes and Patterns: Crystals, leaves, leopards and zebras by Professor Gillian Gehring, What on Earth... will we do about energy? by staff and students from the Mechanical Engineering Subject Group (Sheffield Hallam) and the return of Rock Around the General Cemetery.

The University Library in collaboration with the National Fairground Archive will also be taking part to celebrate the engineering feats of fairgrounds and roller coasters. Look out for more information right here in the coming weeks.

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