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University of Bedfordshire Festival of Science and Engineering

Festival of Science and Engineering

Mon 11th March, 2019

Lectures from Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam and Head Stemette Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon are just some of the events taking place at the University of Bedfordshire Festival of Science and Engineering (11 to 15 March).

The festival coincides with British Science Week, and aims to celebrate the University’s new STEM building which opens in September 2019. The week-long series of activities and talks is an opportunity for local people to find out about the amazing new facility on their doorstep and get inspired by science and engineering.  

On Tuesday 12 March, Prof Jonathan Van-Tam MBE, will be sharing insights and expertise from his storied 27 year career in his Public Policy lecture titled ‘Thinking the unthinkable: influenza pandemic preparedness and response’.

The free to attend lecture, which is open to the public will discuss the threats and the challenges involved in defending the population from this major public health threat. Click here to book a ticket.

Head Stemette, Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon, one of the youngest ever to be awarded a Masters’ degree in Mathematics & Computer Science by the University of Oxford at age 20, will speak to around 150 local students about why they should consider a career in STEM and the exciting opportunities studying a STEM subject can open up.

The students are spending the day at the University as part of the Festival, taking part in masterclasses, exhibitions, and hands-on activities in the University’s laboratories. The day has been designed to inspire young people aged 14 to 18 to consider a career in science and engineering.

The new STEM building will allow the University to offer a wide range of new science courses including Pharmacy, Nutrition, Physics, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Geology and Mechanical Engineering.

The building set out over four-storeys and incorporating 6000m2 of teaching and laboratory space, will include a new Science and Engineering Outreach Centre to promote the value of science and engineering to local schools and the wider Bedfordshire community.

British Science Week is a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths.



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