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Scientists and engineers are joining forces to bring their knowledge of the weird and wonderful into the public arena during the Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering, part of the National Science & Engineering Week 2014.

The festival, running from 14 to 23 March, is organised by Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield, and offers people the opportunity to learn more about the world-leading research taking place across the region. This year scientists will take visitors on a scientific 'Tour de France', a geological tour of Sheffield General Cemetery, and look at and why chocolate tastes good.

Events will be taking place across the region involving schools, colleges, libraries and museums, all offering communities a unique opportunity to learn more about the world-leading research taking place across the region.

Dr Richard Walton, from Sheffield Hallam's Centre for Science Education, said: "The aim of the Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering is not just to celebrate the achievements of the past but to see, in the research and development of the present, a vision for the future in all areas of science and technology.

"This festival demonstrates the enormous richness of scientific and technical talent that can be found in South Yorkshire - not only in the universities but in schools and industries across the region."

The Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering will take place at a range of venues across the city, including Sheffield Hallam University, University of Sheffield, Showroom Cinema, Weston Park Museum, Sheffield General Cemetery, Kelham Island Museum and Sheffield Central Library.

On Saturday 15 March Sheffield Hallam's biosciences department will host an afternoon of science and engineering activities for visitors to the festival.

Children and adults will be invited to take part in a number of workshops including crime scene simulation and fingerprint keepsake, extracting DNA from a strawberry, testing the stretchiness of jelly sweets, examining clean renewable energy from a water wheel, detecting radioactivity using an iPad, and will have an opportunity to explore the heart and brain using virtual reality.

All events are free but places must be reserved. For more information on these events, and many more taking place, please see the full programme which is available online at

For press information: contact Joe Field in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 2074 or email