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"Prospering through science", the annual meeting and science festival of the British Association for the Advancement of Science is being held at Sheffield University, September 13-17. Key speaker: Sir Richard Sykes, chief executive of Glaxo Wellcome Worldwide. Sandra Koura, BAAS, 23 Savile Row, London W1X 2NB, tel: 0171 973 3076.

"Let there be light", "Opposites attract", "Have a heart!" and "The science of toys" are among the summer term lectures run for primary pupils by The Royal Institution. Secondary lectures include: "The magic of total solar eclipses", "Vibrations and sound", "Chemistry is - elementary!" and "Particles and the Universe". Free to pound;1. Teachers' workshops also available. Fee: pound;15. Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1X 2BS e-mail:

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