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Cheltenham Science Festival bursaries available for graduate students

9 April 2008


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  • The UCL Graduate School has ten bursaries on offer for graduate students to attend the 2008 Cheltenham Science Festival, being held from Wednesday 4 - Sunday 8 June 2008.

    Each bursary is worth £550, to cover travel, accommodation and festival tickets, to go to the festival and attend up to six events per day for five days.

    Cheltenham Science Festival has a reputation for getting the best brains in the country together to probe the most topical issues. You can explore ideas that make the world go round; debate the hottest topics; and put your questions to some of the world's leading thinkers and personalities.

    Dr Mark Lythgoe, Director of the UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging and Co-director of Cheltenham Science Festival said: "It might be the only chance you get to hear speakers as diverse as Steven Pinker, A C Grayling, Kevin Conrad, Richard Hammond, David King, Richard Dawkins, Ben Goldacre, John Beddington, Martin Rees, Mark Watson and many, many more. A wide range of topics is covered; from Sustainability to States of Mind, Astrobiology to Arabic Science, and Hypnotics to Robotics. The festival provides a unique opportunity to debate, ask questions and hear the most current thinking from the experts, first hand. From psycho-geography to the science of cocktails: find answers to questions you've never thought of asking, and those you've often pondered. 2008 at Cheltenham Science Festival will inspire your future."

    "This year the festival theme is 'taboo', exploring the boundaries between scientific evidence and political correctness. Are there too many people on the planet? Can IQ tests really tell us anything of value? Could brain scanners be used to predict our choices?" added Dr Lythgoe. "It is not about being controversial but discussing important topics that are usually avoided; what makes someone want to harm another? Do you have the right to die?"

    If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, write 250 words on what you think about public engagement in science and whether it is important, then send it to your Departmental Graduate Tutor. Each department will be asked to recommend one student to the Graduate School who will then select ten bursary winners. Closing date for the applications to reach your DGT is Thursday 24 April 2008.

    The successful candidates will be sent a full festival brochure and more details on how to claim their tickets.

    To find out more, use the links at the top of this article