Summer Festivals 2014: Five highlights from the Glasgow Science Festival programme

Summer Festivals 2014: Five highlights from the Glasgow Science Festival programme

We select the stand out events at this year’s festival, featuring the science behind Jaws and the world’s ugliest animals.

1. Game For Debate

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.

2. Zombie Science: Brain of the Dead

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.

3. Hangover Hypothesis

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.

4. Jaws

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.

5. The Ugly Animal Preservation Society

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.


  • 5 stars
  • 1975
  • US
  • 2h 5min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach town, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast.

Ugly Animal Preservation Society

Comedy, song and discussion in the search for a suitably ugly animal mascot for Simon Watt's society.

Game for Debate: Is Elite Sport Good for You?

A debate on issues raised by the Commonwealth Games.

Zombie Science: Brain of the Dead

If zombies had brains, how would they work? Find out here, possibly.

Hangover Hypothesis

Can science cure a hangover? At least it should be able to tell you why fried food helps.

Game for Debate: Why are Different Nations Good at Different Sports?

Why are people from some countries better at certain sports than people from other countries? Experts debate the question.

Game for Debate: Why Are We a Nation of Couch Potatoes?

A panel discussion on how to get the Scots to take more exercise.

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