It's nearly time for this year's Cambridge Science Festival, which will run from 13 - 16 March 2017.
The Science Festival provides the public with opportunities to explore and discuss issues of scientific interest and concern and to raise aspirations by encouraging young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Over 170 event coordinators organise talks, interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, film showings and debates with the assistance of around 1,000 staff and students from departments and organisations across the University and research institutions, charities and industry in the eastern region.
The events will comprise of all sorts of different activities to raise awareness of the need for language learning in the UK. They will focus on the fun, active and practical side to learning new languages and cultures. This year, they are currently planning that the cultural element of the Festival will form part of the regional Mother Tongue, Other Tongue poetry competition (which is open to eligible students aged 9-18), with workshops giving pupils the chance to create a poem to submit as part of the regional competition.
Pocket Merchant is a one hour production which offers an inspiring introduction to Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. If you're looking for a way into Shakespeare, do go along, and think of a question to ask the actors afterwards, as you'll have the chance to meet them.
NORWICH: Playhouse - Wed 30 Sept at 7.30pm and Thurs 1 Oct at 3pm.
BARNSLEY: The Civic Barnsley - Fri 2 October at 7.30pm
LUTON: Library Theatre - Tues 6 October at 1.30pm
CANTERBURY: The Gulbenkian - Wed 7 October at 1.30pm and 7.30pm
BRISTOL: Wickham Theatre- Wed 14 October at 7.30pm
HAVANT: The Spring -Thurs 15 October at 7.30pm
COVENTRY: The Belgrade - Mon 19 October at 2pm and 7pm
HARTLEPOOL: The Town Hall - Wed 21 October at 1pm and 7pm
DURHAM: The Gala Theatre - Thurs 22 October at 1pm and 7.30pm
There is a Cambridge Science Festival app, which you can search for on iTunes or Google Play.
Examples of talks:
Mon 9 March (17:30 - 18:30) - There's no business like flow business (age 15+)
Inreasingly cells are providing us with answers. Scientists at the Babraham Institute carry out vital research on cells and cellular processes to learn how the body works and how it changes as we age. In this lecture, Rachel Walker and Becky Newman explain flow cytometry and how how it takes us a step further in understanding cells and cell populations.
Tues 10 March (17:00 - 18:00) - Colour, new dimensions, and the geometry of physics (age 15+)
Professor Frank Wilczek from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the leading theoretical physicists of our time. Known for his discovery of asymptotic freedom, for which he received the Nobel Prize in 2004, his research ranges across particle physics, astrophysics and condensed matter physics.
Thurs 12 March (18:00 - 19:00) - Melioidosis:biothreat infection and paddy-field disease (age 15+)
Professor Sharon Peacock is a clinical microbiologist in the Department of Medicine, and works closely with Public Health England and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Intitute. In this talk, Professor Peacock shows how sequencing techniques can be applied to to study of Melioidosis, an infectious disease of tropical climates.
Fri 13 March (18:00 - 19:00) - Searching for intelligence in the legs: robots that walk, run and dance (age 15+)
Although there is enormous success in the use of robotic arms for the automation industry, robotic legs are very challenging to be engineered and used in our daily lives. Dr Fumiya Lida discusses why legs are so special, and whether we will see robots running around in the near future.
Do you have a love and flair for both the arts and the sciences? You're not alone!
The Royal Society of Chemistry's annual Bill Bryson Prize challenges students to think about science creatively. The 2014 competition asked 'where is the art in science?' Brynn Brunstromm found many connections in his winning video entry.
The Celebrate Science marquee will again be pitched on Durham Palace Green (seen here with the University Library in the background). Image credit: Lawrence OP
Durham University's fifth annual Celebrate Science festival will take place this half-term from Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 October:
Take part in hands-on experiments run by Ogden Science Ambassadors (from Whitworth Park School; Tanfield School; St Bede's School & Sixth Form College, Lanchester; Parkside Academy; Bishop Barrington School)
As well as the exhibitions, there will be lots of opportunities to meet research engineers in Cambridge and get a feel for the projects that they are working on. For details, please see the Extreme Engineering website and twitter feed.
24 August - Robogals (Engineers from Cambridge University) will be running a workshop about programming and robotics using Lego
29 August - Find out more about the ingenious structures created by animals with the Museum of Zoology