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Evaluating scientific arguments: 08 Mar 07 (10:00 - 12:00)

Venue: Cardiff School of Pyschology, Tower Building, Cardiff University
Contact: Adam Corner, 

Students walking in front of Psychology Building

Increasingly, scientific messages must be communicated with some urgency (e.g. climate change research). We are running a psycholgical experiments with young people to find out how they evaluate the scientific arguments they read in the media (Open to selected secondary schools in the Cardiff area).

The Ig Nobel Wales Lecture: 09 Mar 07 (19:00 - 21:30)

Venue: Julian Hodge Lecture Theatre, Cardiff University, Colum Drive (off Colum Road)
Contact: Tammy Boyce, 029 2087 0101,

The first time the famous Ig Nobel tour visits Wales. The Ig Nobels celebrate science that first makes you laugh, then makes you think. A rollicking FREE lecture about the weird and wonderful science carried out by researchers from around the world, and Wales!

The Floating Classroom: 09 Mar 07 - 18 Mar 07 (10:30 - 14:30)

Venue: Cardiff Bay and the School of Earth, Ocean & Planetary Sciences, Cardiff University
Contact: Alan Channing, 029 2087 6213,

Boat out on River Severn

Research Vessel "Guiding Light" will become a floating classroom in Cardiff Bay. School groups will measure water parameters, view the seabed on underwater TV and sample sediments. At Cardiff University students will analyse and synthesise data collected to create an overview that highlights interactions between the geosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere.

From mountains to micro-scapes - Minerals in the digital age: 09 Mar 07 - 31 Mar 07 (9:00 - 16:30) Mon — Sat only

Venue: Cynon Valley Museum & Gallery, Depot Road, Gadlys, Aberdare
Contact: Alan Channing, 029 2087 6213,

Mountains to micro-scapes

Digital technology and cutting-edge printing techniques are revealing dramatic micro-worlds within minerals with fantasy landscapes, seascapes, shorelines, mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and life. This exhibition illustrates this "new world" with spectacular mineral specimens, breathtaking art-prints, textiles and ceramics and explains the science of the natural phenomena beyond the aesthetic.

Exploring the red planet: 10 Mar 07 (10:00 - 13:00)

Venue: Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning, Senghennydd Road

The Red Planet

Mars is a planet that has fascinated mankind for millennia. We will look at results from current missions to Mars, and study stunning images of the longest canyons and highest volcanoes in the Solar System. There was once water on Mars, and it may still remain locked into the rocks - but was there, or is there, life?

There are a limited number of places available.  For further details please contact:

Centre for Lifelong Learning

Phone:(029) 2087 0000

Brundtland twenty years on: how is sustainable development progressing?: 12 Mar 07 (10:00 - 16:00)

Venue: Main Building Council Chamber, Cardiff University
Contact: Liz Hemming, 029 2087 6562,  

This event marks 20 years since the ground-breaking Brundtland Report by assessing progress and learning along the path to a more sustainable society. The day will create engagement and discussion among members of the public, policy makers, academics, local government and others to explore perceptions and progress concerning the sustainable development agenda.

Water from the hills: Brecon Carreg mineral water - from source to bottle: 12 Mar 07 - 16 Mar 07 (TBC) Half day visits times to be arranged nearer date for interested groups/schools

Venue: Brecon Carreg Natural Mineral Water, Brecon Carreg Plant, Llwyndewi Isaf, Trap nr. Llandeilo
Contact: Alan Channing, 029 2087 6213,

Brecon Carreg natural mineral water is bottled at source in the village of Trap, Carmarthenshire. Its purity originates from the special geological features of the Black Mountain. This event explores the relationship between geology and water supply during a tour of the local geology, the well-site and bottling plant.

Ancient treasure secrets revealed by science: 13 Mar 07

Venue: Humanities Building, Cardiff School of History and Archaeology
Contact: Louise Joyner, 029 2087 5157,

Silver Gillet Ring

A unique opportunity to see how science can reveal what ancient treasure is made of and how it was produced by ancient people. See how the scanning electron microscope is used to analyse an artefact of treasure.

Llysdinam field centre: wildlife, willow and water: 13 Mar 07 (10:00 - 15:00)

Venue: Llysdinam Field Centre, Newbridge-on-Wye, Llandrindod Wells, Powys
Contact: Amy Tibble,

A Frog in its natural habitat

The event will encourage the communication of scientific research by presenting Cardiff University’s Llysdinam Field Centre research including climate change, renewable energy and local habitats to Key Stage 2 pupils from local primary schools. Exploring the themes of research will include a tour of the Field Centre and meeting our working scientists.

Learn About Life: 14 Mar 07 (9:30 - 12:30) & 15 Mar 07 (9:30 - 12:30)

Venue: Biomedical Science Building, Cardiff School of Biosciences
Contact: Faye Merrix, 029 2087 5729,

Children in class

Cardiff University invites budding biologists from local primary schools to learn about life in a morning of interactive workshops, demonstrations and plays. The event will take place over two mornings and is aimed at making science accessible, and more importantly fun for primary school pupils.

Science in Health Live!: 15 Mar 07

Contact: Tom Hay Tel: 029 2087 6445, Email: or Dr Ken Mills, Tel 029 2074 4522, Email:


Science is the understanding of nature’s processes, which include medical research into the diseases processes and therapy. This event, for A-level students and schools, is an opportunity to discover the science behind medicine and gain a better understanding of how researchers and staff at Wales’ largest teaching hospital are at the forefront of international medical research and education. The event combines talks, exhibits and a clinical case presentation with the opportunity to visit research laboratories within the School of Medicine at Cardiff University. Unfortunately this event is fully booked.

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Women in Science and Engineering: 15 Mar 07 (18.30 — 21.00)

Venue: Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Cardiff
Contact: Claire Stevens, 029 2049 3351,

Women working in a laboratory

This event includes a documentary film around the involvement of women in the rebuilding of Waterloo Bridge, a presentation of Cardiff University’s research into the 'Presence and Representation of women scientists, engineers and technologists in the UK media' and a photographic exhibition followed by a discussion and networking opportunity.