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The British Science Festival is coming to Bradford in 2015

Published: Thu 11 Sep 2014

The British Science Association is pleased to announce the University of Bradford as host for the 2015 British Science Festival.

The British Science Festival is one of Europe’s biggest science festivals and brings together over 350 leading scientists for a week of ground breaking science, technology and innovation. The week-long festival is in Birmingham this week to showcase the latest scientific breakthroughs and discoveries from across the globe. Tens of thousands of visitors will attend the talks, discussions, workshops and evening events.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford, Professor Brian Cantor, said: "We are thrilled that the British Science Festival will be coming to Bradford in 2015. The University prides itself on its high-quality research and knowledge transfer activity and we look forward to hosting the festival next year alongside the ever popular Bradford Science Festival."

British Science Association Chief Executive, Imran Khan said: "We are delighted to be returning to Bradford for the 2015 British Science Festival. The University of Bradford hosted an excellent Festival in 2011, and enjoys a brilliant legacy with the town now hosting its own annual science event. The British Science Festival provides a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the role and importance of science and innovation in our culture and society, and we look forward to returning to Bradford for another excellent week of science."

The Festival has been the stage for many iconic moments in history - such as the famous debate on Darwin's controversial theory of evolution between Thomas Huxley and the Bishop of Oxford in 1860. It also saw the first use of the word 'scientist', in 1834.

The origins of the Festival, previously known as the annual meeting, can be traced back to York, in 1831. Since then it has travelled the globe, including visits to Montreal and Australia. Bradford first hosted the event in 1873, and 2015 will be the fourth time Bradford has hosted the Festival.

The headline sponsor for the British Science Festival is Siemens - the four-year partnership between Siemens and the Festival has started this year in Birmingham and will continue next year at Bradford.

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