University of Leicester eBulletin

Dinosaurs, Volcanoes and Continents that Move

August 2002
No 172

Could you outrun a Tyrannosaurus Rex?  

You might feel it’s 65 million years too late to find out, but not so.

At the BA Festival of Science 2002 to be held at the University of Leicester between 9-13 September, a University geologist is organising a series of young people’s events which will include ways of determining the speed of dinosaurs.

Dr Sarah Gabbott’s earth shattering workshops will include moving continents and making volcanoes, as well as simulating dinosaur footprints and trackways. Children will be encouraged to walk, trot and run through sand and mud to show how footprints are formed and how they can be used to assess the size and speed of the dinosaurs that made them.

Quality of life is this year’s theme for the BA Festival, which is the UK’s biggest science festival, held annually at different universities throughout the country.    This year’s event will attract 400 top international scientists and science communicators and reveal the latest developments in research.  

A total of 3,000 delegates are expected to attend the event at the University, as well as thousands of students of all ages and members of the public interested in science.

The Festival returns to the University of Leicester for the third time since 1921, during a year in which the University is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

To find out more about the BA Festival of Science and how to book to come and take part, see the website: or contact 0207 973 3052.

NOTE TO EDITORS:   Further information is available from the BA website,, or from the University of Leicester Press Office, telephone 0116 252 2415, facsimile 0116 252 2485, email

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