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The Ape that Stood Up

Join Susannah Thorpe, and Julia Myatt to explore how the fascinating world of animal behaviour, especially knowledge of modern great ape walking, running and climbing, sheds light on how humans became the ape who stood up.

Poynting Physics Building, Birmingham

Mon 8 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

Bitter Music: Harry Partch’s Diary with David Moss

David Moss presents part of the musical text to accompany the staging of his last great opera Delusion of the Fury.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Fri 29 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

21st Century Materials with Mark Miodownik

We know what living things are and we know what non-living things are. But how much longer will this be so clear cut? Our growing understanding of matter and new materials are likely to mean that in the future, we may have to rethink; bionic people and living buildings are on the horizon. Join Mark Miodownik to gaze into…

Elgar Concert Hall, Birmingham

Sat 6 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

African Echoes in New Jazz

African-jazz fusion with South African playwright, composer and musician Mxolisi Norman. Booking is essential.

The Arts Centre, Ormskirk

Thu 6 Nov

Free / 01695 584480

Albert's Band: To Infinity and Beyond

Music associated with space accompanies this intergalactic experience.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7

Sat 25 Oct

£8.14 (Children £5.08) / 020 7589 8212

This event takes place in the Elgar Room.

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The Alternative Edinburgh Walking Tour

Get off the tourist paths and see a different side of the city, learning about everything from its literary past to the disco pioneer who grew up near (but note: not in) the bins at the back of Tesco.

Omni Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 30 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

Please do not contact the venue.

  • 15:30

Sun 31 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

Please do not contact the venue.

  • 15:30

Ancient Skies

A viewing of the fulldome film, which explores the relationships that ancient cultures had with the skies. Featuring interviews with archeo-astronomers and 360 degree time-lapse footage taken of various mesolithic and neolithic sites.

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Tue 2 Sep

£8–£10 / 01962 863791

  • 16:00 – 17:30

Andy Wightman: Stop Thief!

Commentator, activist and author Andy Wightman gives an audiovisual presentation.

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 30 Aug

Free / 0131 529 3993

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 14:00

The Art of Anatomy

This fascinating talk by Alice Roberts traces the history of the illustrated anatomy text through time, illuminating advances in anatomical knowledge, the changing relationship between art and science, and the development of new technology in the investigation of anatomy itself, in the production of illustrations, and in…

Elgar Concert Hall, Birmingham

Sun 7 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

Arthur Jafa and Kara Keeling: Touching the Imperceptible

Cinematographer, director and cultural critic Arthur Jafa and Prof Kara Keeling of USC, author of The Witch's Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense, in a (kind of) conversation about blackness, queerness and cinema.

Tramway, Glasgow

Sat 27 Sep

£6 for Saturday pass; £14 for weekend pass / 0845 330 3501

Part of ARIKA14 Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way.

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Astronomy in the City

Join astronomers from Birmingham for the launch of their autumn Astronomy in the City programme. Find out about the biggest objects in the universe and what these cosmic giants can teach us about the mysterious dark matter and dark energy! Hear what you can see in the September night sky. Ask the experts about black…

Poynting Physics Building, Birmingham

Sat 6 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

Astronomy in the City: Trips to University of Birmingham Observatory

The University of Birmingham Observatory is home to a new telescope with a diameter of half a metre. Drop in to the Observatory throughout the day to use the telescope (weather permitting) and to find out how our students and staff use the telescope for their studies.

University Of Birmingham

Sat 6 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

Battle of Prestonpans Talk

A talk about the Battle of Prestonpans, from historian Arran Johnston. Ages 12+.

Prestongrange Museum, Prestonpans

Sun 14 Sep

£3.60 (includes a hot drink and a cake) / 0131 653 2904

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Big Brother: Keeping a Watchful Eye on Animal Behaviour

Applying the latest video technology to observe animal behaviour can advance our understanding, leading to improved animal well-being, as well as generating more reliable data from animal studies. Find out about three different projects using video to monitor and evaluate animal behaviour.

Poynting Physics Building, Birmingham

Wed 10 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

Biomaterials in our Daily Lives

Biomaterials research is at the forefront of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, and uses ideas from medicine, biology, chemistry, materials science and engineering. Come and find out about exciting advances in replacing or regenerating failed body parts.

Aston Webb Building, Birmingham

Wed 10 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

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Birmingham: The Smarter, Greener Science City

In order to meet targets for reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions to slow global warming, cities will need to be smarter and greener. The Birmingham Smart City Roadmap outlines how our city, with business and citizens, will continue the journey to becoming a smarter and greener city. Find out how the Birmingham…

Millennium Point, Birmingham

Wed 10 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

Blabbermouth

This 12-hour live celebration of Scottish music and spoken word features a collection of artists, actors, politicians, journalists, sportspeople, singers and scientists performing their favourite pieces of Scottish writing. A chance to celebrate Scotland's contribution to the world in the final hours before the referendum.

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Wed 17 Sep

£10 (£8) per session; £30 (£20) for day ticket / 0131 473 2000

Blackwell's Historic Oxford Walking Tour

Learn all about Oxford's history from Saxon times. Featuring the story of Saint Frideswide and her avoidance of King Algar. Also includes a visit to the 11th century castle.

Blackwell's, Oxford

Fri 29 Aug

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Fri 5 Sep

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Fri 12 Sep

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

  • 14:00 – 15:30
…and 6 more dates until 24 Oct

Blackwell's Literary Walking Tour

On this walking tour, discover the university and the city where authors such as Graham Greene, Dorothy L Sayers and TS Eliot lived and learned.

Blackwell's, Oxford

Tue 2 Sep

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Tue 9 Sep

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Tue 16 Sep

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

  • 14:00 – 15:30
…and 5 more dates until 21 Oct

Britain's Bloodiest Time Period

Periods of warfare and violence occurred repeatedly throughout our history. Trauma leaves tell-tale traces on the skeletons, which we study to investigate violence in the past. This debate helps you understand how we identify trauma in skeletal remains, and how patterns of trauma have changed over time, from brutal…

Aston Webb Building, Birmingham

Mon 8 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

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The Broadband Capacity Crunch

Modern technology means that the exponential growth in the ability of humans to communicate across vast distances is limited only by their desire for social interaction and entertainment. Explore the impact of communication on society, and speculate on the future impact on society and the environment as the capability to…

The Barber Institute Of Fine Arts, University Of Birmingham

Thu 11 Sep

Free / 0121 414 7333

Part of British Science Festival.

Business and Science: Partners for Success

Successful businesses are those that are innovative and draw on scientific and technological knowledge to improve production, business practices and to develop new products. At the same time, much scientific research and technological innovation is driven by the needs of the business community. Science and business join…

Business School, Birmingham

Mon 8 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

Can you Really Make a Million out of that Good Idea?

Take a whistle-stop tour of the intellectual property rights that can protect ideas and hear real life inventors talking about their ideas, how they made their prototypes and how they became successful. Question a Dragons Den panel of Claire Howell, Mark Prince and Mark Miodownik on the first steps to take to…

Poynting Physics Building, Birmingham

Sat 6 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

The Changing Face of Antarctica

Antarctica might be far away, but with climate change causing receding glaciers and collapsing ice shelves it has the potential to affect all of our lives through the connections between the ice sheets, our atmosphere and our ocean. Find out how scientists are investigating this enigmatic continent, see what it's like to…

Poynting Physics Building, Birmingham

Mon 8 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

Charles Darwin Award Lecture: What Can Maths Tell us About how an Animal is Feeling?

Mathematics can tell us a lot about the world around us, but surely it doesn't have a lot to say about feelings? Join Lisa Collins to explore a wonderland of behaviours that are hidden to the human eye, but not to an algorithm. Find out how fractal analysis, typically used to describe swirling galaxies, a rugged coastline…

Elgar Concert Hall, Birmingham

Sat 6 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

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