Published On: Wed, Nov 4th, 2020

Baking in Space 2020 – Bake to the Future!

‘Baking in Space’ with Great British Bake Off Star Andrew Smyth, Dr. Niamh Shaw and Helen Sharman, the first British Astronaut, returns to Science Week 2020.

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Baking in Space, 2020

What do baking and aerospace engineering have in common? Find out by tuning into Baking in Space, the online show hosted during Science Week 2020.

For the third year running, the hugely popular event will be hosted by Great British Bake-Off finalist Andrew Smyth, and scientist, performer and space enthusiast, Dr. Niamh Shaw, throughout 8th-15th November. The shows will be broadcast via webcast, so that families can tune in at home.

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Andrew Smyth – Baking in Space, 2020

Baking in Space is an educational, unique and family-focused show that makes science accessible for all. Created by Andrew, Niamh and The British Council Ireland (funded by Science Foundation Ireland), with support from long-term partner Yakult, who are currently conducting experiments with astronauts on the International Space Station with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

The Baking in Space shows will also feature Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman and other special guests including Romain Charles and Dr. Aidan Cowley from the European Space Agency (ESA), who will reveal the connections between the science of baking and the engineering used in space.

Baking in space 2020

Baking in Space, 2020

Baker and engineer Andrew Smyth said,

“Baking in Space will further ignite people’s curiosity about space. Whilst whisking, stirring and whipping up a storm in their kitchens, they can learn even more about the world of science! Packed with live demos, baking, facts about space, scientists, engineering (both aerospace and food) and activities for all the family to enjoy at home – it’s one not to be missed!”

Dr. Niamh Shaw said,

“The pandemic restrictions have reawakened a passion for baking in many of us – particularly for banana bread! Covid-19 has also piqued people’s interest in science and raised awareness of the importance of scientific study and being curious about how our world works. Join us as we explore our planet in lockdown, how we have learned to adapt and the parallels between living in space and living during the pandemic.”

Mags Walsh, Director, British Council Ireland, said

“At The British Council in Ireland we are so pleased to be able to work with Andrew and Dr Niamh again to bring Baking in Space to homes across the UK and Ireland. Andrew and Niamh’s innovative approach to blending baking, engineering and space is for anyone who is even the tiniest bit curious about science. We are especially delighted that Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut, will join the webcast this year and share her experience of life and food in space.”

‘Baking in Space’ is supported by Yakult. Yakult’s Managing Director Hiroaki Yoshimura commented,

“Yakult’s mission on the International Space Station (ISS) is to study the influence of Yakult’s bacteria on the human body in outer space. Using freeze-dried live bacteria in capsules, crew members of the ISS are consuming Yakult’s L.casei Shirota to provide the answers!”

Baking in space launch 2020

Baking in Space, 2020

Visit www.britishcouncil.ie/baking-in-space for your free ticket to the Baking In Space online show and enjoy a journey from Earth to the Moon and back, with demos, bakes, picture competition and exciting challenges for the whole family along the way.

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