Organisers of this year’s set99 science, engineering and technology week, which starts today, hope it will get an easier ride than in previous years.
Last year, funding cuts and closure of the Royal Greenwich Observatory led to claims that the event was covering up for a government uninterested in science.
‘Science funding has risen,’ a spokeswoman for organiser the British Association said. ‘We think criticism will not be as great this year.’
The week’s events, which aim to encourage young people to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology are likely to cost £2m.