Stargazing on offer at Barn

Deeside residents will get a chance to experience Europe’s largest festival of science when it returns to the North-east Scotland for the first time in almost 50 years.

Residents can take part in stargazing at the Woodend Barn in Banchory after viewing two short documentary films by Edinburgh College of Art students who are looking at the work of scientists who devote their research to the study of planets outside our solar system.

Wish you were here? Searching for Exoplanets takes place on Wednesday, September 5 from 7 to 9pm.

Smarter Phones Enabling a Smarter Countryside on Tuesday, September 4 will look at the effect of smartphones which combine incredible computing power with sophisticated sensors in a lightweight package on rural communities.

There will be demonstrations exploring how smartphones may enable a smarter countryside in realms as diverse as culture, conservation, enterprise, health and transport.

The event takes place on Tuesday, September 4, 7 to-9pm at Woodend Barn, Banchory.

The events are part of the British Science Festival running in and around Aberdeen from September 4-9. The festival is Europe’s biggest celebration of science, engineering and technology and will see more then 200 events take place across Aberdeen city and shire.

Dr Ken Skeldon, Head of Public Engagement at the University of Aberdeen said: “The festival will have something for everyone, whatever their age or interests. We’re delighted to be able to bring an event to Banchory as part of this celebration of science, engineering and technology.”

For full details of the British Science Festival programme visit www.britishscienceassociation.org