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Ben Goldacre leads field at annual science festival

June 20 2011

Writer and broadcaster Dr Ben Goldacre and a science expert from TV’s Blue Peter will headline this year’s Wrexham Science Festival.

Talks by Goldacre and science communicator and comedian Steve Mould are among a programme of more than 40 science lectures and presentations at this year’s event, the largest of its kind in north Wales.

The Wrexham Science Festival 2011 runs from Thursday 14 to Friday 22 July at venues across Wrexham and Flintshire.

Steve Mould’s interactive talk about polymers and the weird properties of plastic kicks off the festival on Thursday 14 July, from 6.30pm at Glyndŵr University’s Wrexham campus.

Dr Ben Goldacre In Conversation, on Tuesday 19 July, is one of two events which will be recorded for the BBC Radio Wales Science Cafe programme – along with a science pub quiz at the Bridge End Inn in Ruabon on Thursday 21 July.

Event organiser Katie Dutton said: “The full programme has been released this week and following feedback from previous years organises events into categories. So whether it’s a family science show or a more in-depth science discussion which you’re after, it’ll be easier than ever to find.

“As always, there’s a broad range of science topics to discover, with selected events appearing in line with two of 2011’s major science celebrations – the 2011 International Year of Chemistry and the 2011 International Year of Forests.”

Other events returning to the Wrexham Science Festival include the natural history rock musical Ameoba to Zebra on Friday 15 July, and on Friday 22 July the Magic Mathworks Travelling Circus and the Science Junkie live show.

All events are free to attend and the majority take place at Glyndŵr University’s Wrexham or Northop campus.

For a full list of the programme and to book onto any events visit If you wish to receive a copy of the printed programme email or call 01978 293466. Bookings for all events can also be made using these contact details. Alternatively call in to the Wrexham Tourist Information Centre on Lambpit Street,  Wrexham, if you wish to book in person.

To receive updates on the Wrexham Science Festival 2011 follow online, via Facebook or twitter, @wrexhamscifest.

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