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Eco-science under the microscope for teens.

Publication date: 10/03/2010

Climate change and biodiversity are the focus of 'hands-on' science activities for teens from across north Wales at Bangor University this week.

Part of the National Science and Engineering Week (12--21 March 2010), Bangor University's Eco-science Day takes place on Monday 15th March.

The Eco-science Day, organised by the College of Natural Sciences and sponsored by the Dr Tom Parry Jones Endowment Fund, aims to inspire teenagers to follow a career in science. The chemistry show, hands-on laboratory experiments and demonstrations focussing on climate change as well as the maintenance of biodiversity are designed to motivate the students to take an interest in 'green' issues.

Dr Tom Parry Jones OBE, an eminent entrepreneur and inventor, developed the world's first Electronic Breathalyser in 1974 and established Lion Laboratories to manufacture and market the products worldwide. Now a fellow of Bangor University, he established a fund at Bangor University to encourage young people to pursue careers in science and technology. Dr Tom Parry Jones said, "I am keen to inform secondary school pupils about the exciting opportunities that are opening up in 'green jobs'. I am delighted to support the Eco-science Day, which promises to be a wonderful interactive event, where high profile scientists and experts in environmental sciences will share their knowledge with pupils and their teachers".

Dr Rosanna Robinson from the College of Natural Sciences said, "Eco-science Day will be very useful for all those students attending, as all talks and activities are relevant to Key Stage 4 science. The maintenance of biodiversity has been chosen as the main focus of the day because the UN has declared 2010 the 'International Year of Biodiversity', to promote the need to safeguard the natural world, including such important systems as wetlands which are under increasing threat due to climate change."

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