40,000 Festival Fanatics
Published on 21 December 2014
Nearly 40,000 people took part in the fifth Dundee Science Festival last month.
Recently collated statistics from organisers Dundee Science Centre reveal that just over 39,000 people attended its 112 events during the two-week city-wide celebration, which ran from 1-16 November 2014.
The huge number of participants attended a combination of schools events, public events and exhibitions compared to just over 8,000 taking part in 2013. One loyal festival fanatic attended a total of 30 events! As well as Dundee residents, people also travelled to the festival’s 20 venues from Perthshire, Angus, Fife and beyond.
Laura Wilkie, Festivals and Development Manager, Dundee Science Centre explained the reasons behind the increase in numbers – “The festival offering was the largest ever in its five year history, and together with the number of exhibitions which we introduced this year, the total number of participants was significantly higher than last year. However, we also had very strong numbers attending the entire programme of events, from talks and walks to family fun days and comedy shows. Dundee Science Festival is all about taking science to people of all ages and backgrounds and it was fantastic to bring in some new topics this year too, to widen people’s perceptions of ‘science’ even more. We would like to thank the people of Dundee and beyond who took part in the festival, and making it the success that it was.”
The festival, which ran from Saturday 1 until Sunday 16 November 2014, is a two-week city-wide celebration of science, providing fun, entertainment, inspiration and curiosity for all ages.
Festival audiences enjoyed everything from the world of forensic science and dementia to the science of whisky and the wonders of the night sky. Meanwhile, families tried their hands at making bat boxes, building brush robots and getting fully immersed in science at free family days at Dundee Science Centre.
Dundee Science Festival is supported by the Scottish Government, Dundee City Council, University of Dundee, Homecoming Scotland and EventScotland. Other supporters include Skills Development Scotland, The Gannochy Trust and Royal Society of Chemistry.