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Science education in Wales and its implications for the Welsh economy

Bangor University brings the first week-long Science Festival to the city, with events to appeal to people of every age and interest. Running between 11-20 March 2011, the Festival opens on Friday 11 March by involving the public in a Panel Debate on science education in Wales.

Are we producing the science and scientists that we need to plan for Wales’ future? How can science help us to meet challenges facing Wales today and in the future? Can science assist the Welsh economy to grow?  Are we properly addressing these issues? Are we taking full advantage of the scientific knowledge already available to us?

What do you think?

Members of the public, science students at schools and colleges and others can pose questions to a panel of experts at the Panel Debate on Science and Education on Friday 11 March at 12.00 pm at the University’s Prichard Jones Hall.

The event is free, but participants need to register to reserve their place. They can also submit their questions on line via the website at

Among those taking part in the Panel Debate are John Harries, Science Advisor for Wales, Professor Terry Hewitt, Honorary Professor Bangor University and an expert on scientific computing, Professor Sian Hope, Science Advisory Board member and Professor of Computer Science at Bangor University, Dr James Ingram, Bangor graduate and a consultant to the renewable energy industry and Mr John Idris-Jones Head of Socio-Economics at Magnox North.

Other events during Science Week include guided walks, talks, ‘Wild Science’ at Treborth Botanic Garden, described as a family day out and an Eco-Science Discovery day for schools.

Full details about the Festival are available here.

Publication date: 14 February 2011