Monday, 25 June 2012 9:10 AM
If you enjoy learning more about science, why take a break from your favourite subject just because you're on holiday? Book a break in Aberdeen during the British Science Festival and there's no reason you can't indulge your penchant during a getaway.
Aberdeen has plenty to offer holidaymakers all year round, from a clutch of unique castles and Green Flag-awarded parks to numerous museums such as Provost Skene's House and the Maritime Museum. But visit in early September and you'll be able to catch the events of the fascinating British Science Festival.
Taking place at the University of Aberdeen, King's College, the fair is scheduled to run from September 4th to 9th and is set to offer an interesting programme of events to cater for all ages. Once you've booked into some Scottish holiday accommodation and unpacked, head to the university and take a look at the festival schedule.
The event is a celebration of the role of science, technology and engineering in our lives, and will give visitors the chance to take part in workshops, learn about the latest breakthroughs from experts, get involved with interactive exhibitions and watch interesting science shows.
Among the topics covered at the festival will be the world's largest particle accelerator the LHC, why people become overweight, what dwarf elephants have to do with climate change and how the zebra got its stripes.
The festival will include talks from a number of famous faces, such as Billy Bryson and George McGavin, both of whom will be addressing audiences, while other renowned names set to present at the festival include Richard Wiseman, Susan Greenfield and Brian Cox.
Workshops you can get hands-on in, meanwhile, cover a range of subjects, such as how our bodies fight infection - which will give you the chance to take a look through the microscope and team up with mathematicians and biologists to see how infection is fought - and the potential for humans to grow extra limbs following research into the ability of planarian worms to spontaneously re-grow tissue. Discover the future of the car as you find out more about electric vehicles, and join chemist and mixologist Noel Jackson for an applied lesson in making the perfect cocktail.
Other activities taking place during the event include science comedy and drama shows, fun quizzes and the opportunity to interact with science buskers on the streets, so whether you're travelling with friends, your partner or your family, you'll find something to suit your interests.