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Budding writers win Festival of Science trip

British Festival of Science

British Festival of Science takes place is Birmingham 14-19 September 2010


Two budding writers from the Faculty of Biological Sciences have won a trip to the British Festival of Science. Students were asked to write a letter to the Prime Minister arguing the case for future investment in training in Biological Sciences.

The chosen prize winners were Luke Riley, 2nd Year BSc Pharmacology, and Joseph Cullen, 1st Year BSc Biological Sciences. They will have the opportunity to attend the festival on a fully paid student bursary.

Their essays were written in a style appropriate to members of the public without specialist scientific knowledge.

The judging panel agreed that Joseph and Luke showed a flair for explaining scientific concepts. Dr David Marples, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Biological Sciences, said: “Joseph showed a ‘bigger picture’ approach about why biotechnology is going to be so important on the 21st century. His essay was inspirational and very well written.”

Luke’s essay was chosen for its “interesting and appropriate examples.” David said: “The essay showed that a clear effort had been made to modify the writing for a non-scientific reader."

The British Science Festival takes place at the University of Aston in Birmingham from 14 – 19 September 2010. The Science Festival is an excellent opportunity to join in with current scientific debate, meet leading scientists and speakers, and engage in the wide range of science topics discussed.

The bursary will cover costs of registration, accommodation and all meals for the duration at the Science Festival.

We look forward to reading about their experiences at the Festival of Science.

6th August 2010