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Big Biology Day celebrates its sixth anniversary!

06 October 2017
Saturday 14th October is a big day for Big Biology Day (BBD) as it welcomes its sixth 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/AstraZeneca, BBD as it’s fondly known, has blossomed since its origins in 2012 to become 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, biology teacher and former Head of Department 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 since 2012.”

“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 being engaged, enthused and educated makes the effort that goes into organising the day totally worthwhile.”

“Last year one of our younger visitors wrote on the feedback form “Best day ever!!  thank you very much!!! Each year Big Biology Day welcomes 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 meeting 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 have an exciting addition to BBD, a careers fair. Our visitors can talk to a wide range of experts working in the varied fields of biology and medicine. Maybe coming to BBD will kick-start an enthusiasm in young minds to study biology and eventually lead to a career in the biological or medical sciences. Who knows, maybe a 10 year old visiting BBD may one day win a Nobel Prize!”
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