Bute to host free pop-up science festival

The 2015 Middle of Scotland Science Festival will be held on Bute on Saturday, June 20.
The 2015 Middle of Scotland Science Festival will be held on Bute on Saturday, June 20.

The Middle of Scotland Science Festival is coming to Bute in June - and local businesses and organisations with a scientific link are being invited to get involved in the free family event.

The ‘pop-up’ event is in its third year, having been held in Crianlarich in 2013 and in Ardfern last year, and will bring a host of scientific exhibits, including a portable (though still pretty big!) planetarium, to the island on Saturday, June 20.

The festival is the result of a partnership between two biologists, Dr Jane Magill and Professor Kevin O’Dell, and physicist Professor Martin Hendry - all of them from the University of Glasgow.

“The most important thing for us is to involve local businesses and community groups,” Dr Magill said.

“I visited Bute last week and was shown round by Councillor Isobel Strong - part of the purpose of my visit was to speak to local businesses and organisations with a link to science who might like to get involved, and I know there are many on Bute.

“I’ve spoken to the brewery, I’ve been in touch with the blacksmiths, I’ll be talking to the baker, and I know there are lots of community groups like Grow Bute and Bute Produce who might be interested in taking part.

“It’ll be open to all, suitable for families and entry will be free to all, including those taking a stand at the event.”

The venue for the event has yet to be confirmed but we’ll announce where the festival will happen as soon as we hear. You can also follow the event on Twitter at @MoSSFest to keep up with all the latest news about the festival.