University of Leicester eBulletin

The New Frontier

September 2002

Think of space research and you think of NASA?

Then think again. Think of Europe, Britain and think of Leicester.

The University of Leicester Space Research Centre, is one of the largest of its kind in Europe and works with major space agencies across the world, including the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA.

Leading researchers from the University of Leicester Department of Physics and Astrophysics will be speaking on space research at the BA Festival of Science 2002, held at the University from 9-13 September 2002.

Future space missions, the frustrations and challenges of rocket science, dying stars and an interstellar “in-flight movie” are a few of the sessions planned, as well as discussions on some of the more contentious issues.

Space research can have unexpected spin-offs on health and quality of life on Earth, and “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 or to book to come along and take part, see the website: http://www.theba-net or contact 0207 973 3052.

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

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