Science competition launched


To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the National Health Service, `Science and health' is the theme of the second Oxfordshire Science Writing Competition, run by the University and The Oxford Times newspaper.

The competition aims to stimulate thinking about science and to emphasise the importance of the public understanding of science. It is being run as part of SET98, the national Science, Engineering, and Technology Week in March.

Sir Walter Bodmer, FRS, Principal of Hertford College and one of Oxford's leading cancer experts, will deliver the keynote lecture following the prize-giving on Wednesday, 18 March, in the University Museum of Natural History.

Sir Walter will describe the challenge to identify each genetic step in a cancer's evolution and how this will lead to many new targets for prevention, early detection and treatment.

The closing date for entries to the Science Writing Competition is Friday, 13 February. It is open to all those who live, work, or study in Oxfordshire. Essays should be 600–800 words long, have some reasonable scientific content, but not be too technical.

There are five age categories: 12–14 years; 14–16 years; 16–18 years; 18–25 years; over 25 years, with winning entries published in The Oxford Times.

Judges will be Professor Susan Greenfield of the Department of Pharmacology; Professor Graham Richards of the Department of Chemistry; Ms Georgina Ferry, presenter on Radio 4's Science Now; Ms Maggie Hartford, science correspondent of The Oxford Times; Dr Paul Wordsworth, Clinical Reader in Rheumatology, and Dr Jo Ashbourn, a research physicist.

For further information, contact Dr Ashbourn at St Edmund Hall, tel: (2)79037 (afternoons only) or e-mail: jmaa@sable.ox.ac.uk. For information on SET98 and tickets for the lecture, contact the External Relations Office, tel: (2)78113.


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