Oxfordshire Science Festival spreads the fun across county with packed programme for 2011

By Ben Miller Published: 25 February 2011

A photo of a boy looking into the gaping jaws of a huge model dinosaur
Festival: Oxfordshire Science Festival, various venues, Oxfordshire, February 26 – March 20 2011

The 11th edition of Oxfordshire’s annual science extravaganza offers enough fun and games to get even the most studious lab hands excited.

You can find out about quantum mechanics in a talk going under the title of The Most Amazing Things in the Universe, debate what zoos should do with surplus animals in the picturesque surroundings of Cotswold Wildlife Park, pick the brains of geneticists courtesy of Science Oxford Live or enjoy a sprawling bazaar at Oxford Brookes University.

A photo of mothers and young children looking at artefacts in soil in a silver box at an indoors science festival
Witness a bazaar at Oxford Brookes University
The month of enlightenment launches in Bonn Square (February 26 2011) with Science in your World, featuring levitating magnets, bike-powered computers, model brains and sessions based on the inventions of Wallace and Gromit.

The new Interactive Dinosaur Gallery at the Oxfordshire Museum will spend the day hosting dinosaur feeding, a dinosaur puppet theatre, fossil identification, fancy dress, mask making and face painting among other animalistic activities.

A photo of an enormous model dinosaur in a museum garden
Dinosaur fun at the Oxfordshire Museum
“Oxfordshire is world famous for outstanding scientific discoveries and we have some of the greatest minds working on our doorstep,” says Festival Patron Professor Marcus du Sautoy, leafing through the programme of more than 110 events.

“The festival gives you the opportunity to meet and talk to world-class scientists and have a go at science yourself.”

Science Oxford Live will also host the Wildlife Photographer of the Year show until March 13, and an accompanying session on March 9 will look at the art of taking beautiful snaps of nature.

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