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TV presenter Johnny Ball will launch the 2010 Wrexham Science Festival

07 June 2010

TV presenter Johnny Ball is to launch the 2010 Wrexham Science Festival.

Ball, a regular on TV screens in the 1970s and a science entertainer for more than 30 years, will appear at Glyndŵr University’s William Aston Hall, Wrexham, on Thursday 1 July.

His talk – ‘Past Imperfect, Future Fantastic’ – will focus on the progress being made year-on-year on protecting and caring for the environment.

The event is one of more than 50 science talks and demonstrations being held across the ten-day festival.

This year’s programme also includes a talk on wolf behaviour from Shaun Ellis, star of Channel Five documentary The Wolfman, on Thursday 8 July, and a presentation based on the groundbreaking book Why Does E=MC².

Professor Jeff Forshaw, co-author of the book with Professor Brian Cox, will consider the real meaning behind the iconic sequences which make up Einstein’s famous equation.

Eur Ing Helen James, Chair of the Wrexham Science Festival and an Executive Director at Glyndŵr University, said: “We’re delighted to have someone of Johnny’s calibre to launch this year’s festival. His ability to excite, inform and entertain about science is unmatched and his talk is certainly one which families won’t want to miss.

"The programme for 2010 is as packed as ever, with a broad range of presentations and demonstrations which will appeal to everyone with a keen interest in science.”

Events at this year’s festival fall into one of four new themes – Earth and the Universe, Animal World, Human Mind and Body and Bright Sparks.

Other highlights of the programme include a preview of a new solar car being constructed at Glyndŵr University and an insight into the University’s involvement with a project to build optical mirrors for the world’s largest telescope which, when completed, will be the size of Wembley Stadium.

Drug use is the focus of several talks, covering the prison drug market, a look at how more and more educated people are becoming addicted to over-the-counter medications from their local pharmacy and the impact of drug use on Britain’s young people.

Wrexham Science Festival runs from Thursday 1 July to Saturday 10 July 2010. Hands-on science spectacular Scientriffic will take place on Saturday 3 July.

Follow the festival online on Facebook Groups or twitter at @wrexhamscifest. For a full list of events or to book online visit www.wrexhamsf.com. Email wsf@glyndwr.ac.uk or call 01978 293466 if you wish to receive a copy of the printed programme.
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