Summer Festivals 2014: Five highlights from the Glasgow Science Festival programme
- David Pollock
- 22 May 2014
We select the stand out events at this year’s festival, featuring the science behind Jaws and the world’s ugliest animals.
Hosted by the University of Glasgow and designed to tie in with the Commonwealth Games’ appearance in the city, these three debates will investigate subjects on the intersection of sport and science: Is Elite Sport Good for You? (Thu 5 Jun); Why Are Different Nations Good at Sports? (Mon 9 Jun); and Why Are We a Nation of Couch Potatoes? (Wed 11 Jun).
Sir Charles Wilson Building, University of Glasgow.
Not entirely serious but grounded in proper science, this pub-based talk from the Zombie Institute for Theoretical Studies and the University of Glasgow will take you inside the brain of the undead.
Admiral Bar, Thu 5 Jun.
If you’re awake by Saturday afternoon, then bring your hangover along to find out what science says is the best and most effective hair of the dog treatment out there. Experiments will be conducted, with a Bloody Mary and a full cooked breakfast included in the price of a ticket.
DRAM!, Sat 7 Jun.
Discover the science behind the film with this screening of the Spielberg classic and a Q&A afterwards with three marine biologists from the University of Glasgow. Who’s going to ask if sharks really do pop like balloons if you shoot a gas tank in their mouth?
Glasgow Film Theatre, Tue 10 Jun.
Laugh at nature’s least fortunate beasts, you sadist, with a night of comedy and blobfishes which will make you glad you weren’t born on the ocean floor.
Stand Comedy Club, Sun 8 Jun.
Glasgow Science Festival, various venues, Glasgow, Thu 5–Sun 15 Jun.