TechFest offers feast of fun

TECHFEST is hitting Aberdeen next week, offering a feast of science and technology for children young and old.

Organisers predict more than 25,000 visitors will flock to the city between September 9 and 27.

They will attend some 190 events planned at a range of venues from Duthie Park to alternative sports centre Transition Extreme and the city’s Robert Gordon University.

International explorer and documentary-maker Paul Rose, vice-president of the Royal Geographical Society, will open this year’s TechFest at the Beach Ballroom. Mr Rose, also a polar guide with extensive experience of leading exhibitions in Antarctica, worked for four years as a mountain safety consultant to the oil industry in the Middle East.

Other high-profile personalities due to speak at the festival include Richard Noble, who will return to update audiences on the challenges and successes of the Bloodhound Project – a land speed record – and world-renowned explorer, environmentalist and film-maker Jean-Michel Cousteau.

Bookings are open for the public programme, made up of events for adults and children, covering topics such as zombie science, forensics, and wildlife crime.

As well as a public programme, thousands of pupils have also signed up to attend a host of science, engineering and mathematics-themed TechFest events for schools.

Sam Cordiner, TechFest In September director, said: “We have introduced a huge variety of new events and venues this year and we are hoping to increase on our numbers from last year, engaging even more youngsters and adults than ever before.”

For more information, see www.techfestsetpoint