Infinity

Professor Brian Cox to headline new Science & Technology Festival in Cumbria

Brian Cox, BBC broadcaster and Professor of particle physics at The University of Manchester, headlined the Infinity Festival, a new groundbreaking science programme for secondary school students, held in Cumbria.

The first event of its kind for Cumbria, Infinity took place on 28th September 2017 at  West Lakes Academy, Egremont and featured a stellar line up of international superstars in the world of science, technology and engineering including experts in robots, insects, crime mapping, aircraft design, nuclear reactors, and a host of other exciting fields.

Infinity Festival was attended by more than 200 13 - to 14-year-olds from across Cumbria, supprted by over 100 West Lakes Ambassador Students inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers through motivating talks and exciting hands-on experiments and workshops.

Infinity festival was hosted in partnership with the Science Summer School, an annual event held at St Paul’s Way Trust School in London. Co-founder, Lord Andrew Mawson OBE, said: "In July 2016 we were thrilled to host a group of young people from West Cumbria at the Science Summer School. We were so inspired by the levels of enthusiasm that it was decided to hold a similar event in Cumbria."

The festival programme also featured employment opportunities, training options and career paths. The evening reception, included interviews with scientists and pupils by Prof Cox, engaged with parents getting them on board to support pupils to aspire to a future with no limits.

The festival was created by The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute, working closely with the REACT Foundation. It was also supported by a range of industries and academia including: NuGen, who will support via their award-winning Bright Sparks education programme, the National Nuclear Laboratory, Sellafield Ltd, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the University of Central Lancashire, the University of Cumbria and West Lakes Academy. The event was actively supported by the Well Whitehaven initiative, working to improve health and wellbeing by realising the potential of people and communities.

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