Agenda item - Update on Great British Science Festival

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Update on Great British Science Festival

Presentation by Andrew Swayne


29.1      The Board considered a presentation from Andrew Swayne that provided an evaluation and legacy planning for the British Science Festival held in the region between the 5 and 9 September 2017.


29.2      Prof. Humphris stated that the evaluation and the Festival captured the potential interest in science amongst young people. Prof. Humphris added that she hoped that promotion of the two universities specialisation in the area would advance that interest further still.


29.3      Geoff Raw stated that the event was of huge importance and going forward, it was essential to devise branding and clearly state the regions local offer.


29.4      Natalie Brahma-Pearl welcomed the success of the event adding that science and technology was rapidly becoming of greater importance with the global increase in AI.


29.5      Dean Orgill stated that restrictions in the teaching syllabus needed to be overcome to realise the potential in the education of the sciences and political intervention was required to do that.


29.6      Nick Juba stated that he believed attention should be focussed on the creative subjects that would hold as much importance in the future as STEM subjects.


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