16th January 2014, 1:35pm
Celebrating innovation in the 2014 Year of Science
Chemistry apparatus Public talks by some of the world’s most eminent scientists, competitions for inquisitive young minds and the unveiling of state-of-the-art new laboratories are among the highlights planned for the University of Lincoln’s Year of Science in 2014.

The University will be significantly expanding its provision of science subjects this year with the launch of a new School of Chemistry and the creation of a 10-acre science and innovation park.

This follows the recent establishment of the Lincoln School of Engineering - the first facility of its kind to be created in the UK for two decades, built in collaboration with Siemens - and the opening of a new School of Pharmacy in partnership with the Lincolnshire Co-operative.

The University of Lincoln’s Year of Science will celebrate these landmark developments through a series of events for people of all ages to enjoy. Activities will explore the crucial interplay between science, the arts and humanities, with contributions from experts across a range of academic disciplines.

World class speakers will deliver inspiring talks for schoolchildren and members of the public under the banner of the University’s Great Minds series, with appearances by a string of high-profile guests scheduled.

The line-up includes the scientist, author and presenter Professor Lord Robert Winston, the naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham, and one of the world’s most revered chemists, Professor Carl Djerassi, the inventor of the contraceptive pill.

The Year of Science gets underway with an essay competition which looks ahead to the launch of the Lincoln School of Chemistry by inviting young people to consider the question, ‘What is your favourite element?’. Competition entries will be judged by a panel of experts including Lord Dick Taverne, founder of Sense about Science and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, who has been a leading advocate of the value of science to the UK for more than three decades. The closing date for entries is 31st January 2014.

Staff from the University’s College of Science will be helping young people to see the fun side of science during National Science and Engineering Week from 14th - 23rd March, before taking their work on the road to some of the UK’s most prestigious public science exhibitions later in the year.

In June, conservation experts from the University will be offering schoolchildren the chance to see the science behind the restoration of historic objects and buildings. The following month, the University will host debate on the underrepresentation of women in science at its 2014 Teachers’ Conference.

A highlight of the Year of Science will be the official opening of the Joseph Banks Laboratories, the flagship building at the heart of the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park. The centre is being created in conjunction with the Lincolnshire Co-operative and other major employers from across the region with an interest in provision of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, said: “Lincolnshire has a remarkable legacy of innovation in the sciences, producing visionaries such as Isaac Newton, Joseph Banks and George Boole, whose work has shaped the way we understand the world today. 2014 is a significant year for the University of Lincoln with the launch of our new School of Chemistry and the opening of our Joseph Banks Laboratories at the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park. We want to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate Lincolnshire’s proud history of scientific endeavour and achievement, and to join us in looking ahead to what the future may hold.”

For the latest information and updates on the University of Lincoln’s Year of Science, visit: http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/whatson/yearofscience/
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