Science Bazaar inspires next generation of researchers

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

Science Bazaar 2017

On Saturday 25 February, Oxford Brookes University opened its doors for the annual Science Bazaar which took place in the John Henry Brookes Building.

The event attracted around 1200 people, with families taking the opportunity to meet Oxford Brookes researchers and find out more about the work carried out across the university.

Lecturer in Biology and Science Communication and lead organiser of the Science Bazaar, Dr Anne Osterrieder said: “We love to show children the amazing research we are currently doing by inviting visitors to get involved in our annual Science Bazaar.

The event was a great opportunity to talk to people about our work and to inspire the next generation of researchers. We’re already looking forward to planning next year’s science extravaganza.

Dr Anne Osterrieder, Lecturer in Biology and Science Communication, Oxford Brookes University

“We always aim to have something for everyone and hope to spark a few new interests along the way.”

Staff and students creatively put together more than 16 hands-on activities across five different themed zones, which young visitors (ages 5-12 years) could explore using the interactive brochure. 

Visitors could test out their drumming skills and learn about music therapy from the university’s sports department, how viruses spread using glitter, learn about all the different bones in the human body, race rocket cars and make a crafty family tree out of their own hand prints.

The Botanical Society presented the wonderful and diverse world of plants while Professor Anna Nekaris and her slow loris mascot took selfies and talked about how social media can impact on endangered animals. 

A team of over 90 staff and student volunteers worked at the event and were kept busy at what was the university’s busiest Science Bazaar yet. 

Visitor’s praised the efforts of the volunteers with one commenting: “We’ve had an amazing time. The people on each stand were so very enthusiastic. The kids loved interacting with them.”

Dr Osterrieder continued: “It was a fantastic day for everyone involved and it was great to receive such positive feedback from both visitors and volunteers.

“The event was a great opportunity to talk to people about our work and to inspire the next generation of researchers. We’re already looking forward to planning next year’s science extravaganza. 2018 will be our 10th Science Bazaar and we hope that you’ll be able to join us to celebrate!”