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UCL students blog live from Cheltenham Science Festival

8 June 2011

A team of UCL postgraduate students are blogging live from the Cheltenham Science Festival, which runs 7-12 June, covering UCL talks on the uses of plasma, the science of cannabis and a live brain scan, among others.

Dr Andrea Sella

The students are:

  • Kathy Aitchison (UCL Institute of Child Health)
  • James Heather (UCL Medicine)
  • Jenny Love (UCL Energy Institute)
  • Andrea Pochylova (UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies)
  • Frances-Catherine Quevenco (|UCL Science & Technology Studies)
  • Claire Skipper (UCL Chemistry)
  • Laura Vale (UCL Speech, Hearing & Phonetic Sciences)

The festival is co-directed for the sixth consecutive year by Dr Mark Lythgoe, Director of the UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging.

Dr Lythgoe said: "We now get 40,000 visitors and it's a total sell-out. It's the Glastonbury of Science - people come to have fun and learn something. The key to this success is rock-solid speakers, who are wonderful communicators, and our advisory board - a group of 12 artists, engineers, scientists, who have been the eyes and ears of the festival since the start.

"This year, we've grouped all the events into a series of themes - beautiful, entertaining, intriguing, inspiring, controversial and compelling. There is also a new interactive area for called Area 42, which will showcase unseen new technology and what we call 'undercover science'."

Follow the blog at the link above.

Image: Dr Andrea Sella (UCL Chemistry) during one of his famously explosive demonstrations at the Cheltenham Science Festival