‘Cheers!’ to Dundee Science Festival

Dundee Science Festival organisers clinked glasses today (Wednesday 22 October 2014) to toast the success of the biggest event in its five year history.

The festival, which will run 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.  With a new ‘personality’, the festival will host a staggering 112 events this year, twice as many as last year.

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The programme was unveiled today at Boudoir Bar and Coffee House in Dundee, which will host ‘Chemistry of Cocktails’ on the evening of Friday 7 November 2014. Two of Scotland’s finest science communicators and a professional mixologist will explain why drinks should be shaken and not stirred, how you can extract DNA from a strawberry and why aged whiskies taste better.   

Festival audiences will also have the chance to explore everything from the world of forensic science and dementia to the role of optimism in sporting success and the wonders of the night sky. Meanwhile, families can try their hand at making bat boxes in Dundee’s Baxter Park, building brush robots in the Wellgate Shopping Centre and getting fully immersed in science fun at free family days at Dundee Science Centre.

The festival will also fuse science with food, music and art, with an opportunity to enjoy wine-tasting and dine out in a completely darkened restaurant, or enjoy some ‘Brainsex’, with an irreverent combination of comedy, video, songs, game shows and experiments.

An array of exhibitions have also been lined up, exploring everything from dinosaurs and animations to brains and beauty, available to view at venues across the city from Centrespace, Visual Research Centre and the University of Dundee to Roseangle Arts Café Gallery.

As well as taking place in over 20 different venues throughout Dundee, festival events will branch out well beyond the city centre, with the science behind the perfect brew being held in the stunning Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, with ‘Around the world in 80 teas’.

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.

For more information on Dundee Science Festival, and to book events, visit www.dundeesciencefestival.org, email dundeesciencefestival@dundeesciencecentre.org.uk or telephone  01382 228800.

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