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Big Biology Day celebrates its fifth anniversary!

10 Oct 2016
Saturday 15th October is a big day for Big Biology Day (BBD) as it welcomes its fifth annual event which is bigger and better than ever at Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge.

Run in partnership with the Cambridge Science Festival and sponsored by MedImmune and the Microbiology Society, BBD as it’s fondly known, has blossomed since 2012 when 500 eager visitors attended the inaugural event. BBD is now one of the largest free-to-attend festivals in the UK that has a sole focus on the biological sciences and is the brainchild of Ian Harvey, Head of Biology at Hills Road Sixth Form College.

Ian said “BBD brings together the biology community in Cambridge and beyond, sharing their passion for their subject with an eager audience of all ages. BBD has seen a bigger audience and more exhibitors every year.” “My satisfaction every year is seeing the smiling faces of our visitors as they leave the event – the buzz I get from seeing happy people walking out of our doors after a great day out makes the effort that goes into organising the day totally worthwhile.”

“Last year one of our younger visitors told me that BBD was better than her visit to Alton Towers and that is what puts the smile on my face.”

Last year Big Biology Day welcomed over 2000 visitors of all ages through the doors for a full day of hands on biology activities, providing entertainment alongside education. The festival focuses on getting close-up and personal with biology and scientists from a wide range of backgrounds.

Ian added “There is genuinely something for all ages at BBD and often something that several generations of the same family can all enjoy together.”

“This year we’re seeing our second expert panel discussion on the theme of the human microbiome, the bugs inside us and on us, good and bad. It’s a great opportunity for members of the public to engage in discussion with scientists who are experts in their field and it’s sure to be a lively conversation.”

Linda Sinclair, Principal at Hills Road Sixth Form College said: “I am delighted that Big Biology Day is celebrating its fifth anniversary at Hills Road.”

“The festival really highlights the enthusiasm and capability of our students, who form the main body of volunteers for the day. It is wonderful to see our students consistently and enthusiastically involving themselves in new experiences such as Big Biology Day and helping to provide such a great learning experience for children and adults alike.”