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Science festival season for CMBB researchers

Science festival fever hit Edinburgh and the surrounding region this spring, and CMBB researchers took part in a number of exciting activities, showing the public the wonders of their marine environment.

The season kicked off with the Dunbar Science festival (16-17 March), where Bill Sanderson's team and the cold-water coral group showcased the critters of the local coastline as well as the deep-sea corals that are usually out of sight. 

Dunbar Science Festival

The 2,500 visitors were wowed by the CMBB touchtanks, with children big and small holding the animals and learning more about the creatures that grace our seashores. Together with a stunning video of Scotland's deep-sea coral reefs, and interactive ocean acidification experiments run in conjunction with the Natural History Museum, Heriot-Watt marine scientists showcased their scientific expertise.

As part of National Science and Engineering Week 2013, the cold-water coral team were back in action, hosting an evening of talks at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh. The evening was a great success, giving the public the chance to not only hear about the threats facing our oceans today and see stunning high definition footage of Scotland's coral reefs, but also to meet the scientists working to understand these threats and find solutions. 

And finally, CMBB scientists joined with colleagues from the Marine Alliance for Science and Technlogy Scotland (MASTS) to bring marine critters to the National Museum of Scotland as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival. The touchtanks allowed museum visitors to hold crabs and starfish and learn more about the creatures. Special thanks go to PhD student Flora Kent and the rest of the team for their hard work during the 2 week festival. 


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