A multi-award winning science exhibition that offers an extraordinary insight into the workings of the human body has arrived in Belfast for the Northern Ireland Science Festival.
BodyWorks creates interactive experiences that inspire, challenge and engage people to increase awareness of science.
GSK has sponsored Glasgow Science Centre’s BodyWorks on Tour programme since its launch in 2008. The programme, which brings to life the science behind the human body through shows, exhibits and interactive workshops, has reached over 300,000 people. This is its first visit to Northern Ireland.
Speaking at an event at The Odyssey to launch the exhibition last night Chris McCreery, Director, NI Science Festival says the exhibition fits perfectly with what the Festival is all about:
“It’s thrilling to have BodyWorks in Belfast to kick off the first Northern Ireland Science Festival, bringing science to life for people of all ages. We are grateful to GSK for helping bring BodyWorks here – the excitement that it has helped generate makes us confident that the Festival is going to rapidly become a fixture in our cultural and scientific calendar.”
As well as the travelling exhibition that visits scores of school and other venues every year, there is a static exhibition at the Glasgow Science Centre.
Stephen Breslin, Director of the Glasgow Science Centre which created and runs BodyWorks, says people who come to W5 today and over the weekend will find themselves taken on a voyage of discovery around their own bodies:
“The human body is a complex machine and it is surprising how little we know about how it works and how the choices we make affect it. BodyWorks on Tour allows you to take a closer look and put your body through its paces as you discover its wonders in a fun and interactive way. Making understanding health more accessible and interesting will equip us with a better understanding of what we can do to keep our bodies healthy.”
GSK Head of External Affairs for Northern Ireland and STEM Ambassador, Stephen Kennedy says BodyWorks is part of a movement to remind people that science is exciting:
“We’re passionate about science because it is at the heart of what we do every day as a company. Many new and exciting medicines and vaccines have been discovered in the past decades but there will be many more to come. We hope BodyWorks, and also GSK’s own science education programme, will spark the imaginations of the next generation of scientists, doctors and citizens who will make that happen.”
For further information about the NI Science Festival log on to www.nisciencefestival.com And for more on GSK’s science education programme log on to www.gskscienceeducation.com