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National Eisteddfod 2009

31 July 2009

Young girl playing with experiments

The science of space exploration, a world record attempt, book launches and Tudor poetry are just some of the highlights of University-related events at this year’s National Eisteddfod.

Taking place in Bala, North Wales (1-8 August), Cardiff staff and students will be bringing a host of talks, lectures, competitions and activities to the Maes.

Helping to engage people with the world-leading scientific and humanities research undertaken by experts at Cardiff, the University will also be providing an exciting array of visitor attractions, with its partner Techniquest.

To mark the Year of Astronomy, a special feature for this year will be a new hands-on ‘Hub’ exhibit about the science behind space exploration. Created in partnership with Techniquest, the Hub and associated demonstrations by scientists from the School of Physics and Astronomy will take visitors on a journey into the inner-reaches of space and behind the scenes of astronomical science.

Everyday visitors to the University’s pavilion next to the Science and Technology Pavilion will be able to see up close Herschel and Planck - two satellites launched by the European Space Agency which carry on board University-led instruments that are currently beaming their first astronomical images back to earth.

The Herschel Telescope

Throughout the week there will also be a number of special events both at the University’s own pavilion and across the Maes.

On Monday (3 August) Dr Dylan Foster-Evans, School of Welsh will be delivering the TH Parry-Williams Memorial Lecture in the Societies Pavilion. On Tuesday (4 August), Dr E Wyn Jones, School of Welsh, with his co-editor Dr Bill Jones from the School of History and Archaeology will be launching a new book in the Literature Pavilion about the Welsh settlements in Patagonia.

Dr Arwyn Tomos Jones from the Welsh School of Pharmacy will be working with 50 local children and young people helping them get to grips with the wonders of DNA by attempting to create the longest model of DNA in the world. On Tuesday morning, the world record attempt will begin, and if completed, the model will measure about 22 meters – almost as big as the Science and Technology Pavilion itself on the Eisteddfod Maes.

On Thursday (6 August), a special reunion will be held for past School of Welsh students, followed by reading from current creative writing students from the School, and Professor Colin Williams will be debating Welsh language policy in the Societies Pavilion.

Professor Ken Woodhouse, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement said: "The University is proud to be at the Eisteddfod again this year. We have a really exciting programme of events and activities that will hopefully excite and engage people of all ages. We look forward to welcoming everyone to our pavilion."

The University also produced a special publication showcasing Cardiff’s highlights at this years’ Eisteddfod.

The National Eisteddfod of Wales which can be traced back to 1176 is the largest and oldest cultural festival of competitive music and poetry in Europe. It is the premier artistic event in Wales, attracting in the region of 150,000 people annually and more than 6,000 competitors.

More about the University’s events at the Eisteddfod –

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