Monthly Archives: February 2015

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.

Soapbox Science 2015

Soapbox Science are now looking for female speakers to be part of their annual public science communication event.

They are looking for scientists, researchers, academics and PhD students to be part of this year’s event and share their passion for experimentation, discovery and innovation with the rest of the UK.

The event brings cutting-edge science to the public, in an accessible, fun, free and un-intimidating way. Some of the UK’s top scientists will take to the streets to allow people who would not usually consider science, hear about it first-hand.

Soapbox Science runs for 3 hours over an afternoon in the summer. The event is divided into one-hour sessions, with 4 to 5 speakers per session. Speakers stand on custom made “Soapbox Science” soapboxes, arranged in a semi-circle, facing slightly inwards, to facilitate the crowds’ movements.

There are seven events at several locations this year. For more information or to find out which event you can be part of apply here before the 23rd of February.

2015 Women in Science Fellowships – open for applications

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships programme is now open for applications.

Each year, the For Women in Science Fellowship programme recognizes the achievements of exceptional female scientists across the globe and awards them with fellowships to help further their research.

Each year, the For Women in Science Fellowship programme recognizes the achievements of exceptional female scientists across the globe and awards them with fellowships to help further their research.

Candidates wishing to apply must be female postdoctoral level researchers who have already been awarded their research doctorate in the fields of life or physical science.

L’Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society have partnered together to provide five fellowships.

Each fellowship is available to outstanding female postdoctoral scientists to assist with their research over a 12-month period of research and for the first year  including maths, engineering and computer science.

The Fellowship money can be spent in any number of ways to enable women scientists to pursue their careers and facilitate world class research – such as buying equipment, paying for childcare or funding travel costs to an overseas conference.

Deadline Date: Friday 13th March

For more information or to apply visit the website.

Volunteer @lancscifest 2015

Following the success of 2014’s Lancashire Science Festival, we are pleased to announce that plans are well underway for Lancashire Science Festival 2015; this year the theme is ‘Evolves’. The dates for this year’s festival are 25-27 June. Days one and two of the Festival will be open to school groups and the final day is open to the general public; we anticipate total visitor numbers in excess of 6000.

The Festival will again feature a fantastic programme of interactive lectures, demonstrations, workshops and the ever-popular science show floor of hands-on exhibits. Confirmed activities include walking with dinosaurs, rocking out with heavy metal marine mayhem and exploring the evolution of experimentation! The ethos of our festival is to enthuse, engage and excite!

The festival will be held 25-27 June 2015.

Thursday 25th June and Friday 26th June – Schools days

Saturday 27th June – General public day

We need volunteers for all three days!

Volunteering times:

Schools day – 08.30-16.30

General public day 08.30-17.30

(Please note, volunteers do NOT have to volunteer for all day every day)

Activities volunteers are needed for:-

  • Welcoming attendees to the festival
  • Directing attendees to the correct areas
  • Registration
  • Stewarding
  • General assisting of the Lancashire Science Festival team

What we are looking for:-

  • Reliable, friendly and enthusiastic individuals
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Work well in a team
  • Enthusiastic about engaging with families

If you are interested in volunteering for this opportunity, please email with ‘Volunteering Lancashire Science Festival’ as the subject and one of the team will be in touch.