31 Mar 14

EDF Energy signs a three-year partnership with The Times Cheltenham Science Festival

EDF Energy and The Times Cheltenham Science Festival have strengthened their relationship as they agree a three year partnership to showcase world-class communication of science.

EDF Energy is now ‘Associate Title Partner’ of the UK’s largest science festival, which welcomes over 50,000 visitors each year. The company will also continue to support the festival’s education programme, which brings science to life for more than 15,000 young people a year.

Stuart Crooks, Managing Director of EDF Energy Generation, said: “We are delighted to build on our hugely successful partnership with Cheltenham Science Festival. Becoming Associate Title Partner means we can further contribute to the communication of science in the UK.

“As the UK’s largest producer of electricity, we are passionate about engaging with young people and helping to build the UK’s next generation of scientists and engineers. We have made a commitment to be open and transparent about our operations and events like this are an ideal platform to engage with the public about what we do.”

Today, The Times Cheltenham Science Festival, which takes place 3 – 8 June 2014, launches its 2014 programme including exciting speakers such as, award-winning physicist Jim Gates – science advisor to the US President; award-winning physicist, Sean Carroll; David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science; Professor Alice Roberts; Professor Robert Winston; and Guest Directors Richard Bacon and Steven Backshall.

Cheltenham Science Festival Director, Rex Mackrill said: “We are really excited about our new partnership with EDF Energy. The company is one of our longest serving supporters and over the past four years they have been instrumental to the development of our education programme.

"Going forward we will be working together to reach the maximum number of people - supporting our mutual aim to deliver world class science communication."

EDF Energy will also showcase ‘The Great EDF Energy Experiment’, a five year citizen science initiative at the science festival.

The Big Bumblebee Discovery is the first experiment, which launched in January 2014 in partnership with the British Science Association. Examining bumblebee pollination in the UK, the experiment will explore whether the diversity of bumblebees is affected by their surroundings.

Young people visiting the festival will be able to actively contribute to the experiment in the ever popular 'EDF Energy Zone' run by young graduates and other employees from the company's Barnwood offices.


Cheltenham Science Festival:
3 - 8 June 2014 The Times Cheltenham Science Festival is a six-day celebration of science, engineering and the arts and is produced by Cheltenham Festivals. A rare opportunity for the public to come face-to-face with around 300 of the world’s leading scientists and thinkers, the Festival annually issues in excess of 40,000 tickets whilst the free interactive Discover Zone and other free events and exhibitions attracts over 14,000 visitors. The six day Festival promises a mix of serious debate, live experiments and surprising discoveries all based at Cheltenham Town Hall. For more details visit: http://cheltenhamfestivals.com/science #cheltscifest @cheltfestivals www.facebook.com/cheltenhamfestivals The Big Bumblebee Discovery To sign up to the Big Bumblebee discovery visit www.beediscovery.org