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Virtual TechFest talk to explore the science of embryos

By Kirsty Brown

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Just what happens from the time an egg is fertilised to when a baby is born will be explored at a virtual lecture at this year’s TechFest festival, which has gone digital for 2020.

PhD student at the University of Aberdeen and volunteer STEM ambassador Amanda Berg will present Embryos! How to Make a Human on Tuesday, November 17 at 7pm.

She will discuss what an embryo is, how they grow, and why chickens and fish can be used to help us learn more about human development.

The event is free of charge and suitable for over16s, with booking now open.

The annual festival of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is aiming to be the biggest and most ambitious digital science festival in Scotland this year.

With an exciting mix of more than 30 events taking place until November 25, TechFest has two main strands - the traditional public programme and a programme for schools.

Managing director of TechFest Sarah Chew said: “Amanda is part of a team of STEM Ambassadors, who give their time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life and demonstrate the value of them in life and careers.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming her for an insightful talk about embryos and human development, which is sure to make for an interesting evening.”

The celebration of STEM usually runs for three weeks in September, with events taking place in venues across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

This year, rather than cancel the festival due to current events, organisers not only decided to go ahead with a 2020 event but to make it wider ranging than ever before.

The mix includes both live and pre-recorded events delivered via Zoom, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and through interactive activities.

A schools programme will also bring science-based activities directly into the classroom with a variety of activities, video conferences, talks, and virtual events

Admission to all events is free.

For more information and to book, you can visit the TechFest website at www.techfestsetpoint.org.uk/

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