Festival of Science & Curiosity

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Curious minds can ‘ask a scientist’ at Nottingham science fun day


Curious minds were offered the chance to explore microscopes, giant lungs, an indoor planetarium and more with research scientists from The University of Nottingham as part of a week-long series of events.


The Festival of Science and Curiosity, which ran in Nottingham from 8th to 15th February 2017, was aimed at encouraging people in the city to use creativity to expand their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and maths.


Researchers and students from the Nottingham Molecular Pathology Mode and Department of Respiratory Medicine ran activities in collaboration with a local artist and the Nottingham-based company Ignite! to encourage people to ask questions about pathology, microbes, the body and the universe.

Mohammed Ilyas, Professor of Pathology in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at The University of Nottingham welcomed the opportunity to bring the work of his department to the general public.


“Pathology is all about understanding disease and how the body works, and the Festival of Science and Curiosity will be a great way to share our research with children and their families,” he said.


Dr Abhik Mukherjee, Associate Professor of Pathology, who works alongside Prof Ilyas, is enthused by the prospect of engaging curious minds. He said: “Pathology is integral to diagnosing and treating illnesses and research in the field is developing at a quick pace. This interactive festival will be an excellent platform to make children and their families aware of the potential of pathology as a career.”


Funded by the Pathological Society of UK and Ireland and The University of Nottingham, the day encouraged scientists to reach out to members of the public and to promote more creative initiatives in schools and education.

More information on the Festival of Science and Curiosity can be found on STEMCity’s website: http://www.stemcity.co.uk/festival.html