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The 12th Festival gets under way on Friday of this week (30th August) with an eight-day programme packed with activities, with participants from all over the UK as well as from overseas. International contributors come from Australia, Zimbabwe, Slovenia and Denmark.

Post Office Ltd and the Royal Mail have joined forces to support this years Orkney Science Festival.

The joint Post Office Ltd and Royal Mail funding will go towards supporting events including talks on Scotland's changing coastline, Scotland's underwater landscape, science in the community, Victorian scientific pioneers, and women in science, as well as a tropical insect show and family activities.

Festival Director Howie Firth said today: ?We are delighted to get this support from a national body like Post Office Ltd and the Royal Mail. The Post Office is an essential part of the island way of life, and links us to the whole world, and that's very much what the Festival is about.

Louise Duff, Post Office Limited Manager for the Orkney Islands said: This year's festival has an excellent programme of events and we are very pleased to be involved ?  I'm sure the festival will be a great success.

Orkney Science Festival is one of the longest-running science festivals in the UK.   Its director, Howie Firth, started off the whole science festival format as Director of the first Edinburgh Science Festival in 1989, an event which was supported by The Post Office.

Every year Orkney Science Festival brings together large numbers of islanders and visitors, who enjoy the lively discussion and varied programme of activities, ranging from lectures by international thinkers to bus tours and ceilidhs, with much local food and music besides. The Festival is becoming increasingly recognised as an opportunity to open up fresh and exciting ideas in a friendly island setting, and it draws many well-known names each year.

Programme Of Events

Ferry Companies
John O'Groat Ferry Company
Ferry from John O'Groats To Orkney - Company also runs bus tours of Orkney.
P & O Scottish Ferries UK ferry company that runs car ferry from Scrabster to Stromness, Orkney
Pentland Ferries - From Gills, Caithness to St Margaret's Hope Car Ferry - shortest route for cars