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Fact and fantasy

08 Mawrth 2008

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Are we close to tackling time travel? How does water from the Welsh hills make it from source to bottle and why can a cancer-related gene help prevent some forms of the disease?

These are just some of the questions that will feature in a series of public events and hands-on workshops organised by the University to celebrate National Science and Engineering Week (7-16 March 2008).

Held at venues across south and mid-Wales, the events will bring science, engineering and technology to life for audiences, illustrating their importance in the modern world, as well as exploring the possibilities of future developments.

Some of the topics covered over the 10 days include nanotechnology, psychology, climate change and even Dr Who. Held on Friday 14 March Doctor Who - Fact or Fantasy will explore the science behind the BBC TV series in an attempt to identify how close we are to time travel and living our lives like the Doctor.

One major event taking place during the week is Science in Health Live, when more than 500 A-Level students will take part in an interactive clinical tour at the University Hospital of Wales.

Hosted by the School of Medicine and The Sir Geraint Evans Wales Heart Research Institute Science in Health Live will enable year 12 pupils from more than 35 schools to see first hand the science behind medicine. Planned activities include visits to research laboratories, presentations on subjects including leukaemia and physiotherapy and the chance to observe a heart beating.

Other events include The Severn barrage debate, which will discuss proposals and opinions on the 17km tidal power plant in the Severn estuary, and Quantum Engineering, which explores how quantum physics could transform society.

The planned events celebrate not only National Science and Engineering Week but also Brain Awareness Week (10-16 March) and the Festival of Social Science (7-16 March) have been co-ordinated by the University’s Community Engagement Team.

A full programme, along with details of how to book places on the events can be found at