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Success on the Maes

07 August 2010

Cardiff Institute of tissue Engineering display

University research was brought to life as Cardiff staged its biggest ever presence on the National Eisteddfod Maes (31 July – 7 August 2010).

The University teamed up with its strategic partner Techniquest for the third year in a row to show visitors the fun side of science. Exhibits in the University Pavilion allowed visitors to see the effects of climate change, understand how radar technology can be used to find out what is hidden beneath the ground, and measure the size of skulls from different periods in history.

The Pavilion was inspired by all things Roman this year, to celebrate the 1,600th anniversary of the Roman’ departure from Britain. Visitors of all ages had fun ‘becoming’ Roman soldiers, trying on togas and making their own helmets.

A new exhibition, Tissue Engineering for Human Healing, was popular with visitors. Run by the Cardiff Institute for Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER), it made inventive use of a life life-size operation game, an interactive human statue, a special maggot racing track, and organs grown in plant pots to illustrate the science behind tissue engineering.

Academic schools and staff organised at least 28 separate events during the festival, which took place in Blaenau Gwent and Heads of the Valleys. Highlights included a talk on the launch of a digital community heritage project led by Dr Gethin Matthews of the School of History, Archaeology and Religion; a School of Welsh Alumni Reunion; and novel audio walks around Ebbw Vale.

More information about Cardiff’s exhibits, activities, and talks at this year’s Eisteddfod can be found in this special publication.