Spectacular science takes over Manchester

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Oxford Road will be turned into a giant laboratory on Halloween weekend as spectacular science takes over Manchester

The University of Manchester will be running its Spectacular Science event on Saturday 31 October, offering a dazzling display of hands on science to delight children and adults alike. It’s all part of the Manchester Science Festival and the Manchester European City of Science celebrations.

At least 25 science buskers will be lining the Oxford Road dishing out dazzling displays of scientific wizardry.

At the same time, The University of Manchester’s Science Spectacular takes place in Whitworth Hall and, with more than 40 interactive stalls, there's something for everyone at this family fun day. Help create a mini-tornado, crack secret DNA and computer codes, and snuggle up to some creepy crawlies. Play the imitation brain game, build a world of fungus, work with mini robots, and much, much more.

Manchester Science Festival is produced by the Museum of Science and Industry and runs from 22 October to 1 November

Sheena Cruickshank, University of Manchester Lead for Public Engagement with Research said: “This fantastic event showcases some of the best research at the University of Manchester and enables people to discover more about our science and gets hands on with fun activities.”

As part of Science Spectacular tickets can also be bought for The Flash Bang Show which kicks off at 16:00 in the Chemistry Building at The University of Manchester.

This extravaganza of sound and vision will definitely catch attention and generate enthusiasm. Enjoy an introduction to the world of atoms, molecules, solids, liquids and gases, with exciting experiments featuring sudden colour changes, chemical clocks, fizzes, whizzes, fireworks, flashes, welding, melding, crashes and bangs.

It’s suitable for all ages (although very young children with sensitive ears might not like the louder explosions).

Manchester has a proud history of scientific discovery and by coming to the Science Spectacular you’ll be able to make some discoveries of your own!

This fantastic event showcases some of the best research at the University of Manchester and enables people to discover more about our science and gets hands on with fun activities.
Sheena Cruickshank, University of Manchester Lead for Public Engagement with Research

Notes to Editors:

For details of the Manchester European City of Science visit http://www.esof.eu/

For details of Manchester Science Festival visit www.manchestersciencefestival.com

For details of the science spectacular visit http://www.engagement.manchester.ac.uk/highlights/manchester_science_festival/science_spectacular/index.html

For details of the Flash bang Show visit: http://www.manchestersciencefestival.com/whatson/flashbangshow

Media are welcome to attend the events

For images and interview requests contact:

Mike Addelman

Media Relations Officer

Faculty of Life Sciences

University of Manchester


0161 275 2111

07717 881567


Lead Coordinator of The University of Manchester Science Spectacular Dee-Ann Johnson on 07960 129 127 or Dee-Ann.Johnson@manchester.ac.uk

Science Spectacular:

11am - 4pm Whitworth Hall, The University of Manchester.

Price: Free, no need to book

Website: http://www.engagement.manchester.ac.uk/highlights/manchester_science_festival/science_spectacular/index.html

Twitter: @UoMEngage #ScienceIsSpectacular #msf15

The Flash Bang Show:

4pm - 5pm (Doors open 3:30pm) G51, Chemistry Building, University of Manchester Price: £5/£2.50 (children and concessions). Booking required. Suitable for: Families 5+ Website: http://www.manchestersciencefestival.com/whatson/flashbangshow

Manchester - European City of Science

Website: http://manchestersciencecity.com/

Manchester Science Festival – Supported by Siemens

A burst of creation, experimentation and wonder is at the heart of this year’s Manchester Science Festival (MSF) proudly produced by the Museum of Science & Industry – supported by Siemens and Lead Education Partner University of Salford. Running from 22 October – 1 November in over 40 venues across Greater Manchester, this award-winning Festival is now in its ninth year. With more city-wide and creative collaborations than ever before, this diverse and inspiring 11 day programme features World Premieres, internationally acclaimed art and artists, cutting-edge science, comedy, hands-on workshops, evening events, talks and a jam-packed family programme all designed to inspire, engage and immerse visitors of all ages with the science that lives all around us. www.manchestersciencefestival.com 

Manchester - European City of Science

The next 15 months will see a dynamic and diverse programme of events linking science to Manchester’s vibrant music, sporting and cultural scene. The pinnacle of Manchester’s celebrations as the European City of Science will be the science festival, taking place at the same time as the EuroScience Open Forum in July 2016.

The European City of Science programme is being developed in partnership with Manchester City Council and The University of Manchester and led by the ESOF 2016 Delivery Team.

For more than 200 years Manchester has been a source of innovative thinking and of scientific discoveries which have changed the world. It’s the city where Rolls met Royce, where Rutherford first split the atom, where Dalton developed modern atomic theory, where Turing pioneered the concept of artificial intelligence, where the world’s first test-tube baby was born and where in 2004 Graphene was isolated – a discovery set to revolutionise almost every part of everyday life.

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