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As science and technology lovers from as far afield as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch descend on Dunedin for next week's science festivities, locals are urged to get tickets early or risk missing out.
Organisers said a boom in ticket sales for the eighth instalment of the New Zealand International Science Festival meant the earlier people got tickets the better.
The festival starts today and includes children's workshops, talks with scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs and the opportunity to meet Nasa astronaut Stephanie Wilson.
Festival director Chris Green said even if you were not a science fan, the festival would be a fun new way for people of all ages to experience it.
"From the strange to the serious, there is something there for you.
"It's not anything you're going to get at home watching TV, because we're bringing science to life."
Various events could host anywhere between 15 and 500 people, with some filling up quickly, Mr Green said.
Booking and programme details are available at www.scifest.org.nz.
- Written by Lucy Townend.