Professor Robert Winston has offered his support to the British Science Festival which is taking place on Tyneside this week.
Lord Winston, Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London, said: "The North East of England is a powerhouse of good science and good universities.
"You've got the Centre for Life and so on and you engage the public. So it's important to support that even though it's a long trip from London."
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Many areas dry over the next few days with variable cloud and cooler airflow
A dry day with bright or sunny spells. Rain comes through overnight into Sunday morning, before drier yet fresher weather develops
A look ahead at the forecast for the Tyne Tees region.