Come and meet the scientists!

10 January 2005 - for immediate release

Come and meet the scientists!

TO SHOW that science can be fun and accessible, Thinktank, Birmingham's science museum at Millennium Point, has invited some of the brightest young scientists from the region's universities to give demonstrations and perform experiments for visiting school parties and the general public.

One of the first academics to take part was Dr Yvonne Perrie from Aston University's Pharmacy School.

From 13 January visitors will be able to either 'Meet the Scientist' on one of the ten exhibition galleries or drop in to the Thinktank theatre for a free talk on a topical issue.

Dr Kenny Webster, Thinktank's resident scientist explains: 'Science does have an image problem and there's no doubt it is losing out to allegedly more 'sexy' subjects at school and in the media.� We're seeing fewer young people studying the traditional science disciplines and that's having a knock-on effect on further education.

'Our job at Thinktank is to show that science and technology affect all our lives - past, present and future.� Being a scientist can be one of the most fulfilling careers imaginable, while what scientists do can make a huge difference to the way we live and the world at large.� With more and more technologies, such as GM foods and stem cells, involving ethical issues, we as consumers and citizens need to know at least a bit about the moral, economic and environmental challenges involved.'

Kenny has brought together lecturers, researchers and postgraduate students from Aston, Birmingham, UCE and Warwick universities.� Over the coming weeks they will be covering a wide range of topics including medicine, pharmacy, genetics, chemistry, computer science, space science and immunology.

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