University of Hull scientists enthral at British Science Festival 2015

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Scientists from the University of Hull have enthralled, enlightened and entertained visitors at this year’s British Science Festival.

The Festival, hosted by the University of Bradford and supported by Siemens, took place between 7 – 10 September, with events on campus and across the city of Bradford.

The Festival is organised by the British Science Association (BSA), who aim to bring cutting-edge British science to the fore and celebrate the importance of science in society.

Professor Dan Parsons "When these guys were around, it would have been a great time to be a submarine geologist"

Professor Dan Parsons
“When these guys were around, it would have been a great time to be a submarine geologist”

Geoscientist and Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise Professor Dan Parsons demonstrated how the biggest flows on Earth happen in the deep ocean, showing how flows can travel for thousands of kilometres and build sediment deposits more extensive and deeper than the Himalaya are high.

Evolutionary Biologist Dr Lori Lawson Handley, along with an expert panel, discussed non-native species, how scientists track them down and predict future invasions, and whether invasions can be positive.

Professor John Greenman at the British Science Festival

Professor John Greenman at the British Science Festival

Finally, with help from a sonic screwdriver, avid Dr Who fan and Head of School of Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences Professor John Greenman presented his work on small biopsies of patient tissue which can be used in microfluidic chips for personalised therapies. The chips developed and used for this research were available to view in close detail.

Dr Mark Lorch, Associate Dean for Engagement, said “British Science Festival is a flagship event in the science communication calendar that receives a lot of attention from national and international media. Being involved is an important way of highlighting our cutting-edge research to the public.”

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