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Something for everyone at Bournemouth University's Festival of Learning 2014

By fdart  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

Have the chance to be an archaeologist for the day during BU’s Festival of Learning

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Bournemouth University Festival of Learning runs from 9th – 15th June, with more than 150 free events and activities open to all

Fancy going on a kitchen safari to see what bacteria lurk in your food? How about unleashing your inner monkey, uncovering the history that lies beneath Winterborne Kingston, or finding out how best to market your business?

These are just some of the 150+ free events being held by Bournemouth University as part of its Festival of Learning.

It runs from Monday 9th to Sunday 15th June and is open to all - with events taking place at the university’s Talbot and Lansdowne campuses, and at locations across Dorset.

Different events run throughout the day and evening, and range from interactive workshops and hands-on taster sessions to presentations and seminars. They include the chance to be an archaeologist for the day at BU’s Big Dig site in Winterborne Kingston - looking for Roman artefacts and learning how to catalogue finds.

The Festival of Learning is now in its second year, and BU’s Vice-Chancellor Professor John Vinney hopes it will be even bigger and better than before.

“Last year we had over 4,000 local people joining us to find out more about our research and how it can impact their lives and the lives of those around the world,” he said.

“Whether you’re part of a business, interested in the latest technological developments, looking for something different to do with the family, or are simply inspired by learning new things, there’s something for everyone.”

The events focus around several themes – including Food and Drink, Professional Development, and Secret Dorset – with activities looking at a range of diverse subjects, covering everything from health and nutrition to business and finance, archaeology, and the technology of tomorrow.

Sean Beer, Senior Lecturer in BU’s School of Tourism, is running two fun food-themed workshops at this year’s Festival of Learning - one looking at why we are obsessed with the chilli pepper and other extreme tastes, and the imaginatively titled Don’t Eat Poo and Die, Eat Poo and Live, which will explore why we choose to eat and avoid different foods.

Both will be accompanied by tastings for those who dare.

“The world is such an exciting place and I am paid to find out about it, but I also have the duty and privilege to tell people about what I have found and to help them to develop their own enquiring minds,” Sean said.

“The Festival of Learning is great opportunity to do this, and if people come away having learnt something new or seen a new way of looking at things, I am pleased. It also helps if they have a good time.”

There are also live labs running on campus throughout the week, giving people the chance to experience first-hand the work and research taking place at the university- from testing to see if you are a super-recogniser to understanding the physical reactions people have playing video games.

With everything from children’s animation workshops to an introduction to the stock market on offer – there’s something for all ages and interests.

To book onto an event, or for more information, visit: www.bournemouth.ac.uk/fol or call 01202 962362.

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