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Discover planet earth

10 March 2010

Illustration of Earth

People of all ages are being given the chance to get up-close and personal with the wildlife on their doorstep and find out more about the history of the universe as part of Cardiff University’s events to celebrate National Science and Engineering Week.

Running from 12-21 March 2010, National Science and Engineering Week is the nation’s largest celebration of science, engineering and technology. The theme for the week this year is ‘Earth’ in recognition of 2010 being named the International Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations.

The packed programme of events includes talks on the University’s cutting-edge research into star formation and the origins of the universe as well as advances Cardiff academics have made in mapping the human brain.

The exotic (and not so exotic) plants used in research and undergraduate teaching will also be showcased as part of a tour of the University’s botanic research garden and glass houses.

Audiences will also be able to engage with questions such as: How do birds view the world?; and, Why do elephants have trunks? One of the major events planned for the week is Science in Health Live, which will see more than 500 A-Level students taking part in interactive clinical tours, exhibitions and talks at the University Hospital of Wales.

Running alongside National Science and Engineering Week is Brain Awareness Week (12-16 March) and the ESRC Festival of Social Science (12-21 March) and the programme includes a number of events to celebrate these including talks exploring the emergence of Islamic fashion in Britain and the ways in which infants learn about toys and tools, and language,

Most events are free and the programme has been co-ordinated by the University’s Community Engagement Team. More information is available at