EDF Energy is passionate about supporting the development of the next generation of UK scientists and engineers. As a result we have partnered with The Times Cheltenham Science Festival as Associate Title Partner and the Edinburgh Science Festival to deliver inspiring and exciting science programmes to young people across the UK.
EDF Energy also supports many education initiatives local to our nuclear power stations. Examples include mentoring programmes at Sizewell B, the Dunbar Science Festival (near our Torness nuclear power station) and Crucial Crew in Hartlepool.
Between 2012 and 2013 we opened seven new visitor centres at our nuclear power stations. The facilities provide more information about how we generate electricity through an interactive exhibition and offer members of the public the opportunity to pre book a site tour.
Cheltenham Science Festival
EDF Energy is proud to be Associate Title Partner of The Times Cheltenham Science Festival, which welcomes 50,000 visitors each year. As partners for over 10 years we have successfully worked together to deliver an exciting education programme inspiring young people in Science across the nation. The Times Cheltenham Science Festival is also a leader in adult public engagement in science recognised internationally for innovative and challenging events.
As Associate Title Partner for FameLab in the UK we are helping the search for the next science stars. At FameLab researchers pitch their science topic in just three minutes and are judged on clarity, content and charisma – the winner going on to represent the UK at the International FameLab Competition at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival where researchers from 26 countries compete for the coveted award. Since its formation in 2005 more than 5,000 researchers have competed in FameLab across the globe.
In 2014 EDF Energy extended the partnership for a further three years to become Associate Title Partners, providing continuing support for the education programme, which engaged over 15,000 young people in 2013.
We are working together to widen the coverage of the outreach programme, principally in Somerset, and across the UK. In 2013 we ran projects in Kent, Lancashire and London.
Edinburgh Science Festival
EDF Energy is a major funding partner of the Edinburgh Science Festival, supporting Generation Science - the festival's education outreach programme.
Generation Science shows tour all over Scotland, bringing educational and entertaining performances and hands-on activities directly into classrooms. EDF Energy supports the delivery of 30 shows at schools close to our three Scottish nuclear power stations.