Visit focuses on Scottish science role

pupils and teachers from Edinburgh joined others from across Scotland on a visit to Geneva to help raise awareness of Scotland's role in cutting-edge science and to promote careers in the field.

The group visited CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research), one of the world's largest and most respected centres for scientific research and home of the Large Hadron Collider.

Allyson Dobson, deputy headteacher at Portobello High, and S6 pupil James Parr- Burman were part of the group.

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They were joined by Ian Manderson, principal teacher of physics at Currie High School and S6 pupil Scott Butler.

Education Secretary Michael Russell, who accompanied them on the visit, said: "Science is central to Scotland's future economic growth. It is therefore essential that our young people are supported and encouraged to take up career opportunities in science."

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