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Exploring Techniques, a conference organised by Lloyd Ansell, head of Damp;T at North London Collegiate School, will be held at RLE International, Basildon, Essex on June 18. Fee: pound;70 plus VAT. Lloyd Ansell, North London Collegiate School, Canons Drive, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 7RJ (cheques payable to "The Design and Business School Limited"). Interview, page 29.

The British Nutrition Foundation's annual nutrition education conference will be held at Hatherley Manor in Gloucester on June 19. It will focus on the importance of having a good understanding of nutrition in the design and development of food products.

Tel: 020 7404 6504 www.nutrition.org.uk

"Creativity and innovation" is the theme of the Design and Technology Association's annual conference at Sheffield Hallam University on July 1-3, incorporating the International DATAresearch conference. This year there will be more emphasis on practical primary and secondary workshops. To book, contact Suky Sangha, Tel: 01789 473906

Email: data@data.org.uk

www.data.org.uk

EVENTS

As part of its "Brilliant"exhibition of contemporary lighting, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is holding a series of lectures by participating designers on the theme "Talking design: making light of things", on March 17, 24, 31 and April 7, 7pm-8.30pm. Tickets: pound;8.50; pound;5.50 membersstudents.

Tel: 020 7942 2211 Models of Gromit's bedroom from The Wrong Trousers and the incredible pie machine from Chicken Run can be seen in an exhibition at Explore-At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Harbourside until September 6. An accompanying film shows highlights from the movies, interviews with Aardman creators and behind-the-scenes action.

Tel: 0845 345 1235

www.at-bristol.org.uk Architecture Week, June 18-27, is on the theme "The way we live". Events across the country will investigate the sort of homes we want, how the built environment affects us and much more. It is co-ordinated by the Royal Institute of British Architects and Arts Council England.

Tel: 020 7973 5246

www.architectureweek.org.uk

As part of Design and Technology Week, June 21-24, Sainsbury's Taste of Success is running a schools' food challenge which can form part of regular lessons. Challenges involve making exciting new dishes and sampling the results. Register at www.nutrition.org.ukdtweek2004.htm

For Damp;T Week information from DATA (website above), Tel: 01789 470007

COMPETITIONS

The Scottish Food Challenge co-ordinated by Sainsbury's Taste of Success scheme invites pupils to develop a delicious and inspiring recipe for a low-salt savoury main meal containing seasonal Scottish vegetables. The winning pupil's school will receive pound;250 in Sainsbury's vouchers and hisher creation will be developed into a new recipe card for all UK Sainsbury's stores.

www.nutrition.org.ukscottishfoodchallenge.htm

The annual Schools Aerospace Challenge run by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers invites teams of five students aged 16-19 to combine their research and design skills to come up with their vision for the future. Closing date: May 24. Details at www.imeche.org.ukaerospace_challenge

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