BAP at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival, June 2012

BAP had, for the third year running, a strong presence at the premier British Science Festival in Cheltenham last June. We supported two events, each of which was sold out to capacity audiences: one on depression and one addressing the roles of genes and environment in mental illness. These events are both challenging and hugely rewarding for speakers: challenging in the need for each speaker to condense often very complex topics into about 10 minutes, rewarding in the enthusiastic response and feedback that comes from the audience. The majority of the hour or so of each session is given over to open discussion, and this often carries on with audience members and speakers for long after the end of the event, as it did for the BAP sessions.