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Campaigners question arms industry sponsorship of science festival

The Edinburgh International Science Festival has been criticised for accepting sponsorship funds from the arms industry, by a science campaign group.

Scientists for Global Responsibility, an organisation that promotes ethical science, peace and justice, has written an open letter to the festival’s director, Simon Gage, to voice objection to the festival accepting sponsorship from the company Selex ES.

In a statement released with the letter on 13 December, SGR executive director Stuart Parkinson said: “Arms companies should not have a role in science education events for children. We should be encouraging children to see science and technology as a means to help tackle pressing social and environmental problems, not finding new ways to wage war.”

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