Get hands-on with engaging research at Science in the Park

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Families engaging in science activities with university staff and students

Scientists from Nottingham’s two universities are joining forces to showcase their research with a range of fun family activities at the annual Science in the Park event.

‘Science in the Park’ is a free annual festival at Wollaton Hall that takes place as part of British Science Week. Visitors will be able to find out about elephant welfare, the solar system, dinosaurs, treating disease and much more.

The event will take place on Saturday 9 March between 11am and 3pm and will feature a range of interactive exhibits suitable for pre-school children through to adults.

Scientists and engineers from the University of Nottingham will be showcasing a range of exciting research – from learning about elephant welfare using a hologram, getting hands on with microscopes and telescopes to discovering what plant fossils can tell us about Dinosaurs.

The University of Nottingham participation has been organised and supported by the Institute for Policy and Engagement.

This is a hugely popular local event that showcases some of the amazing research happening at the city’s two universities. We hope the fun and hands-on nature of the activities will give families not just a great day out but also the opportunity to explore STEM subjects.

Maria Richards, Head of Public Engagement at the Institute for Policy and Engagement

Biomedical Scientists from Nottingham Trent University will be showing how disease is detected in blood and urine and letting visitors have a go at performing tests which are used to diagnose patients who are poorly.

Scientists from NTU will also run other exciting activities including building a sweet cannon to see how far and fast a sweet can travel, which aims to teach about forensic science, ballistics and physics.

Now in its 16th Year, Science in the Park continues to give staff and students from both universities the chance to engage with the public in investigating the topics that shape the world around us.

Dr Michael Loughlin, scientist and event lead at Nottingham Trent University

Wollaton Hall is wheelchair accessible by lift and for those who want a quieter experience it is recommended to arrive earlier.

Other community partners will also be at the event including Nottinghamshire Girl Guiding, a guided walk with members of the local RSPB group spotting birds and the opportunity to explore Wollaton Hall and see the incredible miniature work of Dr Willard Wigan

You can find out more about Science in the Park 2024 and book your free place here.