Midlothian festival focus on careers

The Midlothian Science Festival offers visitors a chance to have a closer look at scientific subjects

The Midlothian Science Festival offers visitors a chance to have a closer look at scientific subjects

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More than 100 events are to showcase the fascinating and sometimes bizarre nature of science as part of the Mid-lothian Science Festival.

Now in its third year, the festival, which begins this weekend, aims to inspire visitors of all ages but also encourage local people to see science, technology and engineering as career opportunities.

Midlothian is home to some of the world’s leading research centres and was where Dolly the Sheep was cloned.

“We’ve got a rich history of science in Midlothian and over the last 30 years in particular we’ve built a reputation for producing research which is consistently world-class,” said festival director Sarah Keer-Keer, whose own work as a research scientist at Midlothian’s Roslin Institute has helped improve the welfare of chickens in battery farms.

“We’re also home to a number of big engineering and technology employers working on cutting-edge projects and offering fantastic jobs.

“Yet these employers often have to recruit from overseas because there’s maybe a lack of recognition locally that the science and technology sector offers great career opportunities.”

There are events on across the county – in libraries, community centres and even garden centres. Some events are free. For more details got to www.midlothiansciencefestival.com

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