An invitation to take a voyage of discovery

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Hear about the Huygens Saturn probe from the mission's lead scientist... meet stars from the BBC TV series Rough Science... see the latest research in arts, sciences, social sciences, education and health... find out how you can learn... or just have a fun day out at the Open University Open Day on Saturday 18 June.

Hear about the Huygens Saturn probe from the mission's lead scientist... meet stars from the BBC TV series Rough Science... see the latest research in arts, sciences, social sciences, education and health... find out how you can learn... or just have a fun day out at the Open University Open Day on Saturday 18 June.

The campus at Walton Hall in Milton Keynes is open from 11am with displays, activities, music and entertainment for all ages and interests. Entry is free.

Adventurous types can head for the Earth and Space Zone to find out about space missions involving the OU, bring along a rock to the rock and fossil roadshow, go gold-panning or fossil-making. The kids can build their own robot in Digital World; the Arts and Society Zone is the place to try out alternative therapies or take a virtual museum tour.

Children over 10 can book ahead to join in Rough Science experiments in the OU and BBC Zone; for the older generation there's a People's War exhibition where you can record your wartime experiences. Business World offers short talks, displays and events linked to management and business; the OU in Africa Zone highlights the university's research, teaching and development activities on that continent.

For some intellectual fun, there's a full programme of lectures. Join innovative theatre directors, translators and academics in the Great Debate on whether modern stagings of classical Greek drama have been hijacked to convey contemporary messages. Discover the truth about violence in English society past and present, or why we should take James Bond seriously.

Those inspired to study can head for the Student Experience for advice; former students will find the alumni information point in the Library. For those who want to make a weekend of it, there are facilities to accommodate your tent or campervan. For more information and updates, visit www.open.ac.uk/open-day

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