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Abertay professors to compete in Tayside Science Eggheads!

3 November 2014

As part of Dundee Science Festival, S6 pupils from Dundee, Angus, and Perth and Kinross schools will take on some of Tayside’s best-known scientists this Friday night (November 7), as they endeavour to be crowned Dundee Science Eggheads!

For weeks, Abertay University has been scouring local secondary schools to find the smartest science talent, and the winners from each of the participating regions in the family quiz show are Forfar Academy (Angus), Menzieshill High School (Dundee) and Blairgowrie High School (Perth and Kinross).

The ‘Egghead’ Professors are David Bremner and Graeme Walker from Abertay University, Tracy Palmer from the University of Dundee, Martin Ryan from the University of St Andrews and Lesley Torrance from the James Hutton Institute.

Everyone is welcome to come and watch. Admission is free and booking is not required.

Dr Alan Bruce, principle organiser and Senior Lecturer in Food and Life Sciences at Abertay University, said:

“Once again, we’ve been on a mission to pinpoint the top science talent being nurtured within local schools and this year’s regional qualifiers have once again been very impressive. We’ve unearthed some truly bright and inspirational youngsters who are revving up to compete against our local academics, and possibly even embarrass some of them in the process!”

The event will be held from 7-9pm on Friday 7 November 2014 in Abertay University’s Main Lecture Theatre, Room 2516, Kydd Building, Bell Street, Dundee.

Dundee Science Festival, which will run from Saturday 1 until Sunday 16 November 2014, is a two-week city-wide celebration of science, providing fun, entertainment, inspiration and curiosity for all ages. With a new ‘personality’, the festival will host a staggering 112 events this year, twice as many as last year.

Audiences will have the chance to explore everything from the world of forensic science and dementia to the role of optimism in sporting success and the wonders of the night sky. Meanwhile, families can try their hand at making bat boxes in Dundee’s Baxter Park, building brush robots in the Wellgate Shopping Centre and getting fully immersed in science fun at free family days at Dundee Science Centre. The festival will also fuse science with food, music and art, with an opportunity to enjoy wine-tasting and dine out in a completely darkened restaurant, or enjoy some ‘Brainsex’, with an irreverent combination of comedy, video, songs, game shows and experiments.

An array of exhibitions have also been lined up, exploring everything from dinosaurs and animations to brains and beauty, available to view at venues across the city from Centrespace, Visual Research Centre and the University of Dundee to Roseangle Arts Café Gallery.

As well as taking place in over 20 different venues throughout Dundee, festival events will branch out well beyond the city centre, with the science behind the perfect brew being held in the stunning Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, with ‘Around the world in 80 teas’.

Dundee Science Festival is supported by the Scottish Government, Dundee City Council, University of Dundee, Homecoming Scotland and EventScotland. Other supporters include Skills Development Scotland, The Gannochy Trust and Royal Society of Chemistry.

For more information on Dundee Science Festival, and to book events, visit, email or telephone 01382 228800.


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Scottish Government

The Scottish Government’s core purpose is to create a more successful country, with opportunities for everyone to flourish, through sustainable growth. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are central to this aspiration, and events such as Dundee Science Festival give local scientists a chance to tell people about the cutting edge, world-leading work they do, and the benefits and opportunities of a career in STEM.

Dundee City Council

Dundee City Council Education Department is proud to support Dundee Science Festival. Our pupils are fascinated by new discoveries and technologies. Through Curriculum for Excellence in our schools, children and young people will develop a secure understanding of important scientific concepts and a lifelong interest in science and its applications. The festival offers the opportunity to engage with a range of partners who are involved in cutting edge, world-leading work – inspiring children and young people to develop their interest and aspiration in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The University of Dundee

The University of Dundee is proud to support and participate in Dundee Science Festival. The University is an internationally renowned institution with an ambitious agenda for transformation. Our global and local remit drives a wide-ranging programme of public engagement which makes a significant contribution to the cultural life of the city and its reputation in the world. Our staff and students are delighted to share and discuss their world-leading research and knowledge with the many thousands of visitors to the festival.


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