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Fancy going on a kitchen safari to see what bacteria lurk in your food? How about unleashing your inner monkey, uncovering the history that lies beneath Hengistbury Head, or finding out how best to market your business?


These are just some of the 150+ free events being held by Bournemouth University as part of its 2014 Festival of Learning.




It runs from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 June and is open to staff, students and members of the public – with events taking place at the university’s Talbot and Lansdowne campuses, and locations across Dorset.

Different events will run throughout the day and evening, and range from interactive workshops and hands-on taster sessions to presentations and seminars.

For the brave among you, there will even be a chance to try some unusual foodstuffs – including insects and super-hot chillis.

The Festival of Learning is now in its second year, and BU’s Vice-Chancellor Professor John Vinney hopes it will be even bigger and better than before.

“Last year we had over 4,000 local people joining us to find out more about our research and how it can impact their lives and the lives of those around the world,” he said.

“Whether you’re part of a business, interested in the latest technological developments, looking for something different to do with the family, or are simply inspired by learning new things, there’s something for everyone.”

The events focus around several exciting themes – including Food and Drink, Professional Development, and Secret Dorset – with activities looking at a range of diverse subjects, covering everything from health and nutrition to business accounting and finance, and the technology of tomorrow.

There are also live labs running on campus throughout the week, giving people the chance to experience first-hand the work and research taking place at the university – from testing to see if you are a super-recogniser to understanding the physical reactions people have playing video games.

With everything from children’s animation workshops to an introduction to the stock market on offer – there’s something for all ages and interests.

To book onto an event, or for more information, visit: or call 01202 962362.

You can also keep up with the Festival of Learning on Facebook and Twitter, and share your thoughts using #BUFest14.