The University of Manchester’s MSF working group organized, supported and promoted a big Science Spectacular event and an Images of Research photography competition, involving over 200 researchers from all faculties. These two events acted as an effective platform for researchers to communicate with the public and connect and link to the Festival. Further connections and links were made to other events organized by University staff and early career researchers, and were also promoted and showcased on the science spectacular website.
‘Science Spectacular’ – a day time event (11am-3pm) in the Whitworth Hall and Manchester Museum, where families could explore interactive exhibits and take part in science challenges. Visitors were given a Science Spectacular Passport to collect ‘stars’ and receive a badge and small prize to take home.
Images of Research photography competition (September to October 2011), in which university staff and postgraduate researchers were challenged to share their work using a single, inspiring image and a short abstract under the theme ‘Sustainability: people, environment or culture’. In the run up to the Manchester Science Festival, 18 finalists were shortlisted for a public vote and exhibited at the John Rylands Library, Deansgate, and on the website.