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Is free-range Egg Production All It's Cracked up to be?

Are chickens better off on free range farms or could cages have their advantages? What makes a happy chicken? With ever-changing regulations and industrialised farming, how can consumers make the best choices for animal welfare? Find out how chicken welfare is studied and measured by scientists and vets, to resolve…

The Barber Institute Of Fine Arts, University Of Birmingham

Tue 9 Sep

Free / 0121 414 7333

Part of British Science Festival.

Is the World Running out of Food and What Can we Do About it?

Global demand for food is growing faster than our ability to supply it, and climate change is putting an extra brake on production. Can we grow enough food to meet demand and can we do it in a way that preserves our land for its many other functions? Join Tim Benton to explore some of the current issues and potential…

Poynting Physics Building, Birmingham

Wed 10 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel Award Lecture: Of Crafty Crows and Space Shuttles

Why do so few animals use tools, and why are we humans so good at it? In his Award Lecture, Christian Rutz from the University of St Andrews will explore this intriguing scientific puzzle, reporting about his long-term research on one of the most remarkable nonhuman tool users – the New Caledonian crow.

Elgar Concert Hall, Birmingham

Wed 10 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

JBS Haldane Lecture 2014: Computing Life

What is it that makes living things alive? Over 2000 years ago Aristotle said the network of functional relationships between the parts of living things; 20th century biologists reduced life to the functioning of cells and molecules; now a new breed of 'systems biologists' like Armand Leroi, are bringing these two…

Elgar Concert Hall, Birmingham

Thu 11 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

Jodi Picoult: Leaving Time

Popular author Jodi Picoult talks about her career, including her latest book, Leaving Time.

Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey

Sun 9 Nov

£6 (£4) / 028 9034 0202

  • 14:30
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John De Simone: Writing a 'Scottish' Piece

John De Simone of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland talks about the important of national identity in his music.

Byre Theatre, St Andrews

Wed 24 Sep

Free

  • 14:30

Journey into the Library of Secrets

Using practical demonstrations, Jim Al-Khalili and Andrea Sella introduce you to the historical roots behind various scientific ideas and theories and the scientists, to whom we owe credit for bringing these ideas to light. Witness a demonstration of the finest alchemy and see base metals being turned into gold, as if by…

Poynting Physics Building, Birmingham

Wed 10 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch

The world as we know it has ended. For the few survivors it no longer matters how. But what do you do now? What would be the crucial scientific and technological knowledge a group of post-apocalyptic survivors would need preserved in a book to help them recover as quickly as possible? Join the author of The Knowledge: How…

Aston Webb Building, Birmingham

Tue 9 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

Life Saving Mathematics

What has abstract maths ever done for you? You may be surprised! By applying mathematics to biological problems, such as brain tumours, heart attacks and cancer, we can produce results that simply could not have been achieved through experimentation alone. Come and meet the people who are breaking down the barriers that…

Aston Webb Building, Birmingham

Wed 10 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

Light Lunchtime Lectures

Monthly informal talks on a variety of subjects.

Lincoln Drill Hall

Fri 17 Oct

£5 / 01522 873894

Architectural Conservation – Crick-Smith research fellow Paul Croft speaks on architectural restoration and conservation, including his specialty of decorative finishes in historic buildings and the camouflage used on WWI tanks.

  • 12:00

Fri 14 Nov

£5 / 01522 873894

Magna Carta – Ahead of its 800th birthday, learn about the Magna Carta from Erik Grigg.

  • 12:00

Fri 12 Dec

£5 / 01522 873894

Freeschool Lane: A History – Learn about the history of Free School Lane, including the 13th century home of the Grey Friars. With Lesley Clarke.

  • 12:00
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Literature Talk and Film with Dr Jane Mackay: Henry Miller's The Colossus of Maroussi

Discuss the works of 'scandalous' writer Henry Miller and watch the biopic Henry and June starring Uma Thurman and Richard E Grant.

Lincoln Drill Hall

Fri 26 Sep

£6.50 for the talk only (talk and film £10) / 01522 873894

  • 12:00

Literature Talk and Film with Dr Jane Mackay: Lord Lytton's Last Days of Pompeii

Investigate the work of Lytton before checking out a film adaptation of his book.

Lincoln Drill Hall

Fri 28 Nov

£6.50 / 01522 873894

  • 12:00

Literature Talk and Film with Dr Jane Mackay: Louisa May Alcott's Little Women

Discuss Alcott's beloved novel before hunkering down for the 1949 film version starring Elizabeth Taylor.

Lincoln Drill Hall

Fri 24 Oct

£6.50 for the talk only (talk and film £10) / 01522 873894

  • 12:00

Louise Bourgeois: A Woman Without Secrets – Talk & Tour

mima exhibition Project Manager Kath Wood leads this tour around the A Woman Without Secrets exhibition, discussing Bourgeois' works as well as her life.

mima – Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Thu 4 Sep

Free (ticketed) / 01642 726720

Lunchtime Talk and Tour: Feed Your Mind

A discussion about Scottish documentary photography.

Impressions Gallery, Bradford

Thu 18 Sep

Free / 01274 737843

  • 12:30 – 13:30
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Mackintosh Architecture Architects in Conversation

Contemporary architects give a series of presentations on themes inspired by the exhibition.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Sun 30 Nov

Free / 0141 330 4221

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Sun 7 Dec

Free / 0141 330 4221

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Sun 14 Dec

Free / 0141 330 4221

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Mackintosh Architecture Book Reading: Esther Freud – 'Mr Mac and Me'

Freud's latest novel Mr Mac and Me features Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Sun 12 Oct

Free / 0141 330 4221

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

  • 14:00 – 15:15

Mackintosh Architecture Exhibition Tours

The Hunterian's Museum University Student Educators take you round the exhibition. Tours last approximately half an hour.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Mon 8 Sep

Included in admission / 0141 330 4221

  • 12:15 – 15:15

Mon 15 Sep

Included in admission / 0141 330 4221

  • 12:15 – 15:15

Mon 22 Sep

Included in admission / 0141 330 4221

  • 12:15 – 15:15
…and 14 more dates until 29 Dec

Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – John Keppie: Architect

Simon Green from the Royal Commission of the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland presents a talk on architect John Keppie.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 22 Oct

Free / 0141 330 4221

  • 13:00 – 13:15

Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – Mackintosh and Europe

A talk from Nicky Imrie of the University of Glasgow.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 8 Oct

Free / 0141 330 4221

  • 13:00 – 13:15
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Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – Modelling Mackintosh

Brian Gallagher of BG Models presents this timely talk.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 5 Nov

Free / 0141 330 4221

  • 13:00 – 13:15

Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – On the Drawing Board

Pamela Robertson of the Hunterian delivers the talk.

The Mackintosh House, Glasgow

Wed 1 Oct

Free / 0141 330 5431

  • 13:00 – 13:15

Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – The Hill House: Living with a National Treasure

Anne Ellis, former Property Representative of Hill House presents this talk.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 29 Oct

Free / 0141 330 4221

  • 13:00 – 13:15

Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – The Paper Trail: Glasgow's Building Records

Irene O'Brien from Glasgow City Archives presents this talk on the city's building records.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 12 Nov

Free / 0141 330 4221

  • 13:00 – 13:15

Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – The Stones that Built Victorian Glasgow

John Faithfull presents this talk on the stones that built Victorian Glasgow.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 19 Nov

Free / 0141 330 4221

  • 13:00 – 13:15
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