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The Edinburgh International Science Festival takes place on April 7-17. Themes include: catastrophes (positive effects of natural disasters); the cutting edge (transport, materials, communications technology so advanced it may never make it from the test bench); inside the brain; space odyssey; speed; and fitness, health and medicine. A family programme includes more than 200 workshops, shows and hands-on interactives. ESF, 8 Lochend Road, Edinburgh EH6 8BR. Tel: 0131 530 201. E-mail: Web: science Backyard Biodiversity Day on June 21 is a nationwide event for nine to 12-year-olds, their teachers and parents organised by Action for Biology in Education and the Chelsea Physic Garden. An action kit is available and so is training in some areas. Send SAE to Biodiversity Day, co 54 Gondar Gardens, London NW6 1HG. E-mail: Web:

Festivals, talks, pub quizzes, school trips, visits to businesses and many other events will be held during National Science Week, March 16-25. Information packs on how to organise an event are available from Maria Roy, British Association for the Advancement of Science, 23 Savile Row, London W1X 2NB. Tel: 020 7973 3078. E-mail: Web:

Peter Kalmus, professor of physics at Queen Mary University of London, will talk about antimatter at the first in a programme of free informal discussion evenings at The Royal Institution, January 23, 6-7.30pm. He will explore the symmetry between matter and antimatter and an object and its mirror image and show how we can avoid being annihilated by an antiperson from a distant world. The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS. Tel: 020 7409 2992. Web:

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