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Harnessing the Potential of Technology

Find out about how collaborations between the Digital Hub, small digital companies and cultural organisations are harnessing the potential of innovative new technologies to transform the way we interact with our technology. Chew over the challenges of developing software that works on 360 degree interfaces, consider the…

Chancellor's Court, Birmingham

Wed 10 Sep

£4

Part of British Science Festival.

Held in Mind, Not Lost in Space

We live in a crowded world but in our minds we can often feel lonely and forgotten. GRiST is a web-based application that reconnects us within a caring and supportive network built on the advice of several thousand mental health experts. Hear about GRiST, try it, and see how it creates a canopy of care to maintain the…

Main Building, Birmingham

Thu 11 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

High-speed rail: An Engineer's Perspective on HS2

The current plans for HS2 may not deliver maximum benefit because of a lack of systematic thinking. Drawing on lessons from Japan, China, France and Spain Felix Schmid explores how HS2 could benefit from better integration of engineering, urbanisation and societal aspirations that will allow integration of high-speed…

Poynting Physics Building, Birmingham

Sat 6 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

Highlights Tours at Glasgow Museums

Get a closer look at some of the best specimens Glasgow Museums has in its collections. Booking is essential.

Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

Thu 28 Aug

Free / 0141 276 9300

Today: Highlights of the Art Collection. Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 14:30 – 15:30

How Old are you Really?

In some areas of the UK, life expectancy is increasing by two years every decade. As your lifespan is influenced only partly by your genes (25%) and longevity is partly determined by your lifestyle, the good news is that we can often do something about it. Come along to find out what it's like to be old, how fit and…

Bramall Music Building, Birmingham

Sat 6 Sep

£4 / 0121 414 8861

Part of British Science Festival.

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How Quantum Technologies Can Improve Our Future

Quantum technologies with fantastic new features are closer than you might think. A £270m government grant will help turn research into applications within the next five years. Enjoy a series of short talks on clocks and gravity sensors and workshops, posters and the presentation of a system trapping cold atoms in laser…

Bramall Music Building, Birmingham

Mon 8 Sep

£4 / 0121 414 8861

Part of British Science Festival.

II Young European Entrepreneurs Seminar

Learn how to make your business idea a reality at this conference designed for Europeans recently arrived to the UK. From Vamos Scotland. Booking is essential.

Glasgow University Union

Thu 25 Sep

Free / 07583 388331

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

The Improbability Principle: Why Do Incredibly Unlikely Things Happen Every Day?

Coincidences happen, incredibly unlikely things occur, and the apparently miraculous comes about. The improbability principle says that such extraordinarily improbable events are commonplace. This is not a contradiction; we should expect identical lottery numbers to come up more than once, lightning to strike twice, and…

Muirhead Tower, Birmingham

Sat 6 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

In Conversation with Lord Dick Taverne: Is Politics Bad at Science?

Director of Sense about Science, Tracey Brown talks to its founder Dick Taverne. As a Life Liberal Democrat Peer and former MP, Lord Taverne has been perfectly positioned to witness how much reason, science and rationality echo along the corridors of power and inform policy decisions on topics such as drugs policies…

Muirhead Tower, Birmingham

Sat 6 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

Inside Future Robots

Autonomous robots have suddenly hit the public consciousness. Join Jeremy Wyatt and Nick Hawes on a journey to the frontier of intelligent robotics. Discover the 'smarts', the intelligence required to make robots autonomous, and the latest research which makes robots perform intelligent manipulation, plan, learn, see…

Elgar Concert Hall, Birmingham

Sun 7 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

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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: Daphne du Maurier's The Birds

Discuss Du Maurier's short story, which made into a film version by Alfred Hitchcock.

Lincoln Drill Hall

Fri 29 Aug

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

  • 12:00

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

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