A FLAGSHIP education programme to take science projects to the heart of communities is offering £240,000 in grants this year.
The Talking Science grants will fund activities across Scotland and are designed to help get roadshows, debates and hands-on science workshops to rural and difficult to reach parts of the country.
The chief scientific adviser for Scotland, Professor Muffy Calder, said: "Science is hugely important to Scotland in the modern era and we want it to be more accessible to people of all walks of life and all ages. These grants give families and the wider public an opportunity to get a fun and hands-on experience of how science affects our day-to-day life."
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Minister for Science Dr Alasdair Allan said: "In 2013 we saw Professor Higgs win the Nobel Prize and we want to inspire more Scots to follow in his footsteps."