A MINI Wrexham Science Festival is being held this year after Wrexham Council decided it could not offer as much support as in previous years.
A poor financial settlement and efficiency savings in all departments meant that the council could not provide the funding or staff hours that have helped the festival become a major success over the years.
NEWI has stepped up to take on responsibility for organising most of this year's mini-festival, known as Wrexham Science Week.
The council is still supporting the event between Monday, March 20 and Saturday, March 25 with tickets on sale at Wrexham Tourist Information Centre, a partnership with the Welsh Development Agency to organise the business seminar and other administrative support.
But negotiations over a full festival next year are likely to conclude with a decision to hold the festival every two years in future.
'In order to ensure we maintain a presence in the science arena Wrexham Science Week will take place this month and will include elements of the festival such as Scientriffic and a business seminar,' said a council spokeswoman.
'The week is not intended as a direct replacement for the festival which will return in 2007 and is already being worked on.
'All partners involved in the organisation of the festival have supported this approach.'
Councillor Bob Dutton, Wrexham's lead member for economic prosperity said: 'We are pleased to be supporting Wrexham Science Week in 2006 and to sponsor the Fast Forward to your Future business seminar.'
This year's event may be smaller but there will still be special guest speakers, many of whom are appearing for free.
The business seminar, which will take place for the first time at the new Ramada Plaza Hotel features keynote speaker Barbara Cassani, the American vice-chairwoman of London's 2012 Olympic bid and former founder and CEO of budget airline Go.
Also speaking at the seminar are former Olympic athlete Kriss Akabusi, business innovation expert James Woudhuysen and BBC business reporter Declan Curry.
The week gets off to an explosive start with Energy: Snap, Crackle, Bang, a demonstration of energy and its uses.
Also on the Monday is The Science of Alcohol, an insight into how alcohol is made featuring a demonstration of how vodka can be made from milk.
Tuesday sees an examination into innovations that have influenced sound and our quality of life and car lovers will be interested in Hybrids to Hydrogen: the cars of the future, which will give tips on reducing your trips to the fuelling station and tell you how if engines were able to harness all the power from petrol they would get around 300 miles to the gallon.
Midweek offers an opportunity to join NEWI's in-house sound engineers for a demonstration of how to solve problems recording live sound and on Thursday there is a family show exploring the science of sound including how deep Barry White's voice really was and how you can win X Factor with no musical talent. nFor the full programme of events log on to www.newi.ac.uk. Lectures during the week are free but people should reserve their place by calling 01978 293439 or 01978 293597 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advance admission prices for Scientriffic are £4 adults, £2 children, family tickets £10. To book call the numbers above or Wrexham Tour-ist Information Centre on 01978