Science enthusiasts throughout the Western Isles are gearing up for this year’s Hebridean Science Festival.
Now in its fourth year, the 2013 festival runs from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd of this month, with events in Lewis, Harris and Uist. This years science festival is supported by the Include-Us programme. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Quentin Cooper, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Material World’, who has described as being “the world’s most enthusiastic man” and “an expert on everything from pop music to astrophysics”. Mr Cooper is also credited with an energy and ability to “enliven the dullest of topics” with his wit and enthusiasm. Events for school pupils will take place in The Nicolson Institute, Sir E Scott and Sgoil Lionacleit, while the wider public will also have the opportunity to hear Quentin Cooper at free public events in An Lanntair, with a free Family Fun Science Day at Sgoil Lionacleit on Saturday 23rd March. The festival this year is being supported by the Include-Us project: Include-Us Support Worker, DJ Macleod, said: “The Festival will focus on the subjects; Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. It really is vital that the young of the Western Isles keep a creative, scientific edge. If you lose that, then you lose aspects which help create a strong economy. Having said that, there is obviously a lot of fun involved in science too, which we will be showcasing in this year’s events. Science is something that applies at all levels, in all walks of life and everyone is welcome to attend.” The Hebridean Science Festival begins on Wednesday 20th with Quentin Cooper in An Lanntair at 7.30pm. Entrance is free.