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Big Ideas

27 February 2012

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Are electric cars the future and how can DNA save the panda? These are just some of the questions that will feature in the University’s Big Ideas programme.

Running throughout March 2012, Big Ideas brings together academics at the forefront of their work in science and technology to share their latest ideas.

The event supports National Science and Engineering Week (9-18 March) and Brain Awareness Week (12-18 March) and gives people of all ages the change to get up-close and hands-on with Cardiff’s latest research.

During the month, highlights from the programme include:

· A discussion between Camilla Batmanghelidjh, founder of Kids Company, and Sara Jaffee, a developmental scientist about the needs of children in Britain, hosted by the School of Psychology;

· A presentation on whether electric cars are the future for sustainable motoring by Dr Paul Nieuwenhuis, Cardiff Business School;

· A lecture by Professor Sir Robin Murray of the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, on the methods scientists are using to improve understanding and treatment of psychotic illnesses.

James Vilares of the Community Engagement team said: "The Big Ideas programme is all about sharing our knowledge and research with the wider community. At Cardiff our researchers are answering some of the world’s biggest questions in the fields of science, sustainability, technology and engineering. Throughout March, people of all ages can come along to film screenings, lectures, discussions and conversations between experts to find out more."

For the full programme of activities or to book onto an event, visit

National Science and Engineering Week is the nation’s largest celebration of science, engineering and technology. Brain Awareness Week is the global campaign to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research.

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