Heriot-Watt researchers at the Orkney International Science Festival

Heriot-Watt  researchers took part in the Family Day of the Orkney International Science Festival, which took place on 5 - 11 September.

The 800 visitors had the opportunity to visit displays and learn more about the work of Professor Jon Side, Dr Kate Johnson, Dr David Woolf, Andrew Want, and Jenni Kakkonen from Heriot-Watt's International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT).

Dr Jo Porter from the School of Life Sciences made a formidable team with Mary Spencer-Jones of the Natural History Museum to get children involved in experiments to understand ocean acidification using boiled cabbage and the microscopic delights of encrusting bryozoans whilst secretly looking out for future recruits for the Heriot-Watt spin-out company Bryoactives.

Dr Bill Sanderson and Professor Hamish Mair from the School of Life Sciences were also present at the event. They organised touch tanks displays and encouraged children to get to know and learn more about sea creatures.