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Science - Date with the natural world

Stirling University is hosting an event for senior secondary pupils and students at degree level who are interested in pursuing a career in environmental science.

University science students across Scotland will showcase their own research at the all-day event on Monday, April 6, the best presentations being eligible for a prize.

Andrew Watkinson, director of the living with environmental change programme at the University of East Anglia, will deliver the main presentation of the conference, which will be opened by Scottish Environment Minister Michael Russell.

There will also be talks on employment opportunities in the field of conservation and environmental management. Representatives from organisations within the government sector (Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency) and non-governmental organisations (the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, the British Trust for Ornithology and Scottish Wildlife Trust) will be on hand to discuss career options during the breaks.

"For tomorrow's scientists, it could be the most productive Pounds 10 you'll ever spend," said a spokeswoman for the university.

Anyone who wants to attend must register; the student concession rate is Pounds 10, which includes a breakfast roll, lunch, and teacoffee. The deadline is March 20.

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