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Caithness Science Festival cancelled


By David G Scott


THE annual Caithness International Science Festival (CISF) has cancelled all further events in its programme this month due to the coronavirus outbreak.

On Monday, the CISF committee were informed by head teachers at the various schools which host the event that they were "closed to external presenters with immediate effect".

The committee was also told that Highland Council would not permit any lets to external organisations.

Professor Iain Baikie welcomes the public and guests at the opening of the Caithness International Science Festival in 2018.Pictures: DGS
Professor Iain Baikie welcomes the public and guests at the opening of the Caithness International Science Festival in 2018.Pictures: DGS

Professor Iain Baikie, chairman of the CISF organising body Science O3, said: "Unfortunately this means we have to curtail our educational and public programme with immediate effect.

"We are very disappointed to have to take this action as many in our community of all ages attend and enjoy our events."

An experiment at the 2018 festival. Pictures: DGS
An experiment at the 2018 festival. Pictures: DGS

A launch event for CISF 2020 was due to take place tonight (Tuesday, March 17) at Newton Park Primary School but has been cancelled "in line with new local and national government guidance".

The CISF Fun Day – the centrepiece of the annual festival – on Saturday (March 21) and due to take place in Wick High School has also been cancelled as part of the nationwide response to coronavirus..

Professor Baikie added: "At this time the Science Festival committee is planning to re-run the event next year".

Another cancellation this week "due to current concerns"is the Dyslexia Scotland event due to occur on Thursday (March 19) at Mackays Hotel.

The organisers apologise for any inconvenience and say they will reschedule the event.



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