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Last week, Drs Emma Morris and James Edwards were invited to take part in the popular Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye.

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Emma, Postdoctoal Research Scientist and Public Engagment Coordinator at NDS, and James, Arthritis Research UK Career Development Fellow at NDORMS, presented their interactive workshop ‘Science of the Skeleton’ to an audience of over 300 people on Wednesday 31 May.

Hay Festival 2017The show included impressive dinosaur specimens and large animal bones loaned by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History to highlight how the sciences of biology, chemistry and engineering combine to create a dynamic and multi-functional skeleton.

Emma and James dispelled myths and discussed ongoing skeletal research projects investigating how diet, exercise and ageing affect our bones, and younger members of the audience were invited on stage to participate in a series of experiments highlighting the diverse composition of bone.

As well as rubbing shoulders with authors and celebrities, Emma and James were both swamped after the show by people interested in learning more.