Derelict Sites : a festival of sited performance in unusual spaces

Derelict sitesSaturday 11th April – Sunday 19th April 2015 in Preston City Centre

Derelict Sites is a micro-festival joining Preston’s public in the experience and participation of contemporary performance and sited installation. Over this week we are activating parts of Preston, including shopping centres, train stations, high streets, cafe’s and museums. See website for full programme.

Perhaps you fancy a Papparazzi welcome at the train station or a view across the city from the top of the Harris Museum? Or how about sending a passing stranger a secret message – using Semaphore flags!

If that’s all too much – then call in for a cuppa with Hunt and Darton – our resident brewers extraordinaire. But be warned – this is no ordinary Caf!

Derelict are dedicated to promoting Preston as a developing cultural city. Through this festival and our continued work, they hope to engage and inspire the community of Preston, generating wider participation and encouraging new audiences for contemporary performance and art in the North West of England.

Complimentary tickets (including a free pop up bar) for the launch night of Drunken Chorus’s I Never Told A Joke In My Life which are on a limited allocation, first come, first served basis, so to reserve your ticket  please reply to by 9th April with subject line Derelict Sites, your name and organisation.

UCLan and Ri official launch night in pictures

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe University of Central Lancashire has officially opened its state-of-the-art Young Scientist Centre (YSC) in collaboration with the Royal Institution here in Preston.

The centre, which is the first YSC outside of London, was opened by Jamie Edwards, a local school student and the youngest person in the world to carry out a nuclear fusion reaction along with Minster of State for School Reform, Nick Gibb.

A variety of experiments and demonstrations took place across the evening allowing guests to have a taste of the workshops the centre offers.


The YSC is a purpose built facility which will give young people greater access to STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) outside school allowing them to get hands-on with science through interactive workshops.


Dr Liz Granger, manager of the UCLan and Ri Young Scientist Centre, said: “At UCLan we are dedicated to providing an enriched experience and encouraging our students to immerse themselves in the world of science and technology, how it works and how this knowledge can be applied to later life. The YSC creates an exciting environment that will motivate young people to embrace STEM subjects before they consider career paths.” 

More images from the evening can be found on Flickr.

Check out some of the exciting activities that took place here:

British Science Week at the UCLan and Ri YSC

British Science Week takes place next week from 13-22nd March and we have a fun filled week of activities in place at the UCLan and Ri Young Scientist Centre (YSC).

We have the official opening of the UCLan and Ri YSC which takes place on Wednesday.

The centre is a state-of-the-art lab used to deliver interactive workshops, allowing young people to creatively explore science. It is the first national branch of the YSC outside of London and it is a beacon for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in Lancashire.

Staff and students battled it out last week at our Demo Day heats to secure a place to perform for us at our Demo Day 2015 which lands on Thursday, March 19.

From daring demonstrations to exceptional experiments we had a variety of demos and it was a very hard decision to choose the final five performances who will showcase their demo at the YSC. The final winner will be chosen by school children on Thursday. This will be our first event in the centre after its official opening.

We will also be performing some of your favourite #scistories so don’t forget to share with us your most memorable science experiments/demos from school. You can share yours by tweeting us @YSCUCLan using the hashtag #SciStories or share your experiences on our Facebook page.

Demo Day is an annual campaign aimed at inspiring school teachers and technicians to explore ideas and promote discussions through exciting science demonstrations.

Here are some of the best parts from our demo day heats…

Follow us on Twitter for updates throughout the week.

UCLan’s New Innovation Fund is now open!


The fund has been set up to support the rapid evaluation and translation of disruptively innovative, high-impact ideas into commercially and reputationally valuable outcomes.

The Innovation Team will be holding a series of competitive innovation funding rounds to encourage bold new ideas that build on know-how and intellectual property arising out of research performed by UCLan staff. The ideas will possess the potential to have a substantial commercial impact, but are too early to attract external funding.

Awards will be made available to the successful applicants via the following allocation of funds:

  • Up to a maximum project value of £30,000 and we anticipate funding a maximum of 5 projects
  • Up to a maximum project value of £50,000 and we anticipate funding a maximum of 2 projects
  • Up to a maximum project value of £100,000 and we anticipate funding a maximum of 1 project

The first competition deadline is Tuesday 31st March at 12noon.

If you have an idea that you think will fulfil the funds criteria and would like to discuss it, contact the Innovation Team on extension 5651 or follow them on Twitter.


We are delighted to announce a collaboration with @snaggletoothale to create a Lancashire Science Festival ale #festivALE… which will go on sale across local pubs in Lancashire this June for Lancashire Science Festival 2015.

Real ales have a reputation for pun-tastic and amusing names, from Pure Hoppiness to Hoptimus Prime. Think you could do better? We are asking you to come up with a witty name for our Lancashire Science Festival Ale.

Tweet your ideas to #festivALE… One winner will be chosen at the end of March and will receive a pair of free tickets to our Festival at Night event, to be held Friday 26 June at UCLan, Preston, and a complementary bottle of our limited edition ale. Please note this competition is open to over 18s only.

Join us as we raise a glass to science and celebrate the microbiology of beer with our science #festivALE at this year’s #lancscifest. Look out for details of where you can sample the brew.

For more information contact us or follow our updates on Twitter and Facebook.

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The Lancashire Science Festival encourages safe drinking. Know your limits and drink responsibly. For more information visit the website.


Community call out!

LSF Call Out Flyer 2015 - PRINTDo you have an event idea that you would like to  as part of this year’s Lancashire Science Festival?

We are pleased to announce a call out for Community Partners and we are looking for community groups and organisations to take part and host their own science event.

All ideas are welcome and the deadline for event submissions is Friday 10 April.

Contact Jenny Bennion for more information.

Connect with us on Twitter @lancscifest #lancscifest15


An exciting explosion? A fascinating fact? An exceptional experiment? A daring demonstration?

At the UCLan and Ri YSC we want to hear about your most memorable experience in a school science lab.

In the lead up to our official opening, we are finding out the nations favourite science moments so that we can recreate some of them in the lab. Whether it was an experiment, a demonstration or that time the teacher blew off the school roof – we want to hear all about your science stories.

We hope to showcase the most memorable experiments to local primary school students in a science demo show that we will film and share with all of you.

Join the conversation by tweeting us @YSCUCLan using the hashtag #SciStories and share your experiences on our Facebook page.