This summer the British Science Festival was in Newcastle and I was lucky enough work as an event assistant. The most incredible thing about the job was that I got to see award winning speakers give talks about their research…and managed to sneak in for free.
The week long bonanza was a great experience and was the first time that I was presented with such a diverse range of science topics that I tried to immerse myself in. Free talks during the day ranged in topics from metal heath to maths and from particle physics to politics, so they really did have something for everyone.
A talk I attended on ‘Three-Parent Babies’ was particularly interesting, as I had heard about the research done at Newcastle University. It was chaired by the Wellcome Trust’s Mark Henderson and was divided between four speakers each looking at a different aspect of the story, including issues I hadn’t considered. The idea that the child’s mental health may be affected and the egg donor may be involved in their life baffled me, but must be debated.
Other events included workshops for instance Come Dissect with Me ‘a guided dissection of a freshly-landed octopus’ and plenty of family orientated happenings where children could spend a Night at the Museum. The final night of the festival was held at the Centre for Life which gave a salute to medicine and also had very delicious science-themed cocktails which after a week of intense of science, were well deserved.