20-23 July 2023 Jodrell Bank Observatory

We are thrilled to announce that International development charity Practical Action is again one of our official charity partners. 

The charity uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries.

Paul Smith Lomas, CEO of Practical Action said: “We are really excited to be partnering with Bluedot for a second year. The line-up is incredible and it’s a great opportunity to generate some strong support and advocates for Practical Action. Our ambition is to create a world where all men and women have access to the technology they need to meet their needs and reach their potential. Sustainability and innovation are at the heart of everything we do so Bluedot is the perfect fit for us.”

Teresa Anderson, Director of Jodrell Bank said: “We want to work to inspire the scientists of the future, an aim in which we include engineers, doctors, technologists – in fact, anyone who might be inspired, by a visit to Jodrell Bank, to realise their potential.”

Practical Action is an international charity that uses technology to help communities find practical solutions to the problems they face. Through technology we work with poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions – transforming their lives forever and protecting the world around them.

Whether it’s enabling women and men in Sudan to feed their families, providing people in Bangladesh with the chance to control the impact of flooding on their lives, or working with remote communities in Zimbabwe to access electricity, Practical Action’s activities are always people focused, locally relevant and environmentally sensitive, offering sustainable ways out of poverty.

Every year Practical Action helps 1 million people to lift themselves out of poverty. The charity works in 13 countries around the world implementing projects from podcasting to help communities adapt to the effects of climate change, constructing wind turbines or micro-hydro systems to generate energy to building gravity ropeways to transport crops to market in mountainous terrain.

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