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Are we alone in the Universe?

Tuesday, September 10 • 11:00 - 12:00
IMC 02, University of Warwick

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is famous for its ability to give us sunburn, but it can also be traced back to the origins of life itself.

Inclusive robotics

Tuesday, September 10 • 11:00 - 12:00
Zeeman MS 02, University of Warwick

For better, or worse, the robot revolution is coming.

Playing by the unwritten rules

Tuesday, September 10 • 11:00 - 12:00
IDL 03, University of Warwick

Every day you enter into ‘social contracts’ – unspoken, voluntary agreements to solve problems or ‘do the right thing’.

Festival carpool

Tuesday, September 10 • 11:00 - 18:00
Dome, University of Warwick

Take a unique ride in the Festival pod,  a driverless vehicle that you will see on pathways and roads in the not so distant future.

What puts the spring in your sports shoe?

Tuesday, September 10 • 11:00 - Friday, September 13 • 17:00
Zeeman Atrium, University of Warwick

Join Principal Partners Lubrizol on a scientific voyage of discovery to experience some of their innovative products using Virtual and Augmented Reality

Hitting a mental health milestone at 18

Tuesday, September 10 • 12:00 - 13:00
Zeeman MS 01, University of Warwick

Teenagers with mental health issues are being let down by mental health services

Friendships for the ages

Tuesday, September 10 • 13:00 - 14:00
Zeeman MS 02, University of Warwick

Join James Brown, an expert from Channel 4's Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, as he shares exciting new research on how spending time with youngsters can improve the health and well-being of seniors.

CERN for the senses

Tuesday, September 10 • 12:00 - 13:00
IMC 04, University of Warwick

In 2015, award-winning artists Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt, who together form the artist duo Semiconductor, participated in a research residency at CERN.

Climate rebellion

Tuesday, September 10 • 13:00 - 14:00
IMC 02, University of Warwick

Greta Thunberg inspired students across the globe to strike for the climate, and this youth-led action has forced policy-makers worldwide to take notice.

Women, science and feminism

Tuesday, September 10 • 13:00 - 14:00
IDL 03, University of Warwick

In post war Britain, what was it like to be a woman and a scientist?

Time for tea

Tuesday, September 10 • 13:30 - 15:30
Dome, University of Warwick

Rooibos (pronounced ROY-boss) tea is uniquely South African. Although it has many health benefits, people are reluctant to buy it because of its somewhat strange flavour.

Going viral

Tuesday, September 10 • 13:30 - 15:30
Dome, University of Warwick

Everything alive on Earth has viruses living in and on them. Some cause problems, others do not, but all are fascinating.

Playful engineering with Meccano

Tuesday, September 10 • 13:30 - 15:30
Dome, University of Warwick

Get your hands on some Meccano and unleash your inner child as the ‘Meccanomen’ – self-proclaimed Meccano enthusiasts – show how this classic toy can reveal a lot about engineering.

Breast cancer breakthroughs

Tuesday, September 10 • 14:00 - 15:00
Zeeman MS 01, University of Warwick

Despite treatment advancements, nearly 1,000 women still die from breast cancer each month in the UK.

Close encounters of a political kind

Tuesday, September 10 • 14:00 - 15:00
IMC 04, University of Warwick

From E.T. to District 9, tales of alien contact have grabbed our imagination for generations.

What is time?

Tuesday, September 10 • 15:00 - 16:00
IMC 02, University of Warwick

How we, humans, perceive time is very different to how physics has described it.

Skin deep

Tuesday, September 10 • 15:00 - 16:00
IDL 03, University of Warwick

Skin is the body’s largest organ. It’s a barrier to the outside world, but can be absorbent when necessary and has elasticity like no man-made material.

It’s on the (credit) cards

Tuesday, September 10 • 15:00 - 16:00
Zeeman MS 02, University of Warwick

Studies of millions of credit card transactions reveal some surprising findings about our hidden biases in paying off debts.

Magic Mind

Tuesday, September 10 • 16:00 - 17:00
Zeeman MS 01, University of Warwick

What do cognitive illusions reveal about the psychology of our minds?

The ‘Russian doll’ molecule

Tuesday, September 10 • 16:00 - 17:00
IMC 04, University of Warwick

How can new molecular technologies benefit society?

The Gendered Brain: 50 shades of grey matter?

Tuesday, September 10 • 17:00 - 18:00
The Great Hall, St Mary’s Guildhall

From birth, many of us are led to believe that our gender determines our interests, abilities, strengths and weaknesses.

Ghosts in the machine

Tuesday, September 10 • 17:00 - 18:00
IMC 02, University of Warwick

The thought of being able to speak to someone who is dead through your phone may feel like something out of a Black Mirror episode, but this is something that could soon be a reality.

The genetics revolution

Tuesday, September 10 • 17:00 - 18:00
IDL 03, University of Warwick

Since being coined in the early 20th Century, the concepts of genes, genetics and DNA have entered the collective conscience in everything from health advice to marketing campaigns.

The Botanist: late night garden

Tuesday, September 10 • 18:00 - 22:00
The Botanist

Are you ready to put down roots in Coventry city centre as you join us at the Botanist for the first night of the British Science Festival?

It’s getting hot in here

Tuesday, September 10 • 17:00 - 18:00
Zeeman MS 02, University of Warwick

Have you ever relaxed in a hot spring? If that’s a yes, then you have experienced geothermal energy - an energy source which has been in use for thousands of years and was even used by the Romans to warm their baths.

Immersed in sound waves

Tuesday, September 10 • 18:00 - 19:00
The Undercroft, St Mary’s Guildhall

Join us for this unique immersive music performance, developed by physicists and musicians from the University of Warwick and performed by the Coull Quartet.

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A journey from Inferior to Superior

Tuesday, September 10 • 19:00 - 20:00
The Great Hall, St Mary’s Guildhall

Science has a dark history when it comes to human difference, with scientists in the past abusing data and concocting theories that have perpetuated racism and sexism.

When dinosaurs became birds

Wednesday, September 11 • 11:00 - 12:00
Zeeman MS 02, University of Warwick

66 million years ago a catastrophic asteroid impact wiped out the dinosaurs, but resulted in the dramatic and rapid evolution of birds.

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