Hands-on science at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Real Life Science Lab at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh was the scene of a number of public events last year where adults and children could get hands-on experience of woodland-related science.

News from Forest Research: February 2012

An activity involving microscopes

Organised by Forest Research, in partnership with a number of other organisations, the events were part of our contribution to both the International Year of Forests and the International Year of Chemistry.

A wealth of activities were on offer, designed to capture the interest of the public, to demonstrate the breadth of current research, and to allow them to meet and talk to Forest Research scientists. For example, visitors could discover how to interpret tree rings or learn about carbon capture, photosynthesis and seed biology. Over 2500 visitors tried their hands at the activities.

Steve Penny, Research Liaison Officer, commented:

“The aim of running these events is to engage the public with our science and to show what we do. We hope that we have inspired some younger visitors to consider a career in science!”

The events were held in partnership with other organisations, bringing additional perspectives to inform visitors. To increase linkages to young people and science, we provided opportunities for pupils from two High Schools and students from The University of Edinburgh’s Moray House School of Education to be involved in delivering the activities.

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This and other news stories can be found in the Winter 2011/2012 issue of FR News, our online newsletter.