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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.

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

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.

Friendships for the ages

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

A fascinating and uplifting insight into the topic of healthy ageing.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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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.

Unwell in unrest

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

When armed conflicts involve weaponry, they can cause life-threatening physical injuries, so it may seem obvious that war is bad for health.

It’s electrifying!

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

By 2030, 75% of vehicles on UK roads could be run by electricity. Drastic changes are needed to solve the carbon dioxide emissions crisis in transport.

In pursuit of the happiness equation

Wednesday, September 11 • 12:00 - 13:00
Zeeman MS 01, University of Warwick

It’s the age-old question: what can make you happy?

Birth of planets

Wednesday, September 11 • 12:00 - 13:00
IMC 04, University of Warwick

In swirls of gas and dust, planets are being born. So-called protoplanetary discs whirl around a central star, with the potential to one day form into something similar to our solar system.

Can you trust an e-vote?

Wednesday, September 11 • 13:00 - 14:00
IDL 03, University of Warwick

Electronic voting, or 'e-voting' is the ability to vote for a political party using a screen

When children became evil

Wednesday, September 11 • 13:00 - 14:00
IMC 02, University of Warwick

After the Second World War, portrayals of ‘evil children’ in horror and science fiction films grew rapidly in both Britain and the United States

Muon towards the Big Bang

Wednesday, September 11 • 13:00 - 14:00
Zeeman MS 02, University of Warwick

Most experiments use beams of stable particles, like the Large Hadron Collider, but is there another way to reach the phenomenal energies that occurred near to the Big Bang?

Cook Together, Eat Together

Wednesday, September 11 • 13:30 - 15:30
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An event every day that begins at 13:30, repeating until Thursday, September 12, 2019

Dome, University of Warwick

Cook Together, Eat Together is a free cooking club for the over 55s in Coventry, teaching people healthy eating skills while tackling the growing problem of social isolation.

Keeping time

Wednesday, September 11 • 14:00 - 15:00
IMC 04, University of Warwick

Why does a dreary day feel like it will never end, while a flurry of activity seems to flash by in an instant?

Smells like flu

Wednesday, September 11 • 15:00 - 16:00
IDL 03, University of Warwick

What if we told you that we'll soon be able to sniff out diseases from smelling someone's breath?

So, who do you think you are?

Wednesday, September 11 • 15:00 - 16:00
IMC 02, University of Warwick

The ability to trace our family tree has recently been enhanced by DNA analysis, which has fuelled the mass marketing of DNA testing kits to reveal our ancestry.

Wasteworld

Wednesday, September 11 • 15:00 - 16:00
Zeeman MS 02, University of Warwick

As new evidence of plastic waste in the ocean surfaces and unrecyclable electronics increases, the need to solve the global trash pandemic intensifies.

Forbidden symmetries

Wednesday, September 11 • 16:00 - 17:00
IMC 04, University of Warwick

On discovering a strange crystal in 1983, little did Nobel prize winner Dan Shechtman realise that it would lead to re-writing the very definition of what a crystal is.

The future of heat

Wednesday, September 11 • 16:00 - 17:00
Zeeman MS 01, University of Warwick

We rely on heating at home and in the workplace; and yet, it is the largest source of our greenhouse gas emissions.

Super drugs for superbugs

Wednesday, September 11 • 17:00 - 18:00
Zeeman MS 02, University of Warwick

Superbugs – bacteria that are resistant to drugs – are threatening humanity’s health

Eye in the sky

Wednesday, September 11 • 17:00 - 18:00
IDL 03, University of Warwick

From the safety of space, the most dangerous natural events in the world can be monitored using satellites which orbit the Earth.

Learning to teach

Wednesday, September 11 • 17:00 - 18:00
Coventry Transport Museum

Can we ensure the way we teach is grounded in scientific evidence?

Tackling food poverty

Wednesday, September 11 • 19:00 - 20:00
Coventry Cathedral

Celebrity chef Jack Monroe has become a champion for cooking on a budget. Self-taught out of necessity, she has raised awareness of the challenge of healthy eating whilst living on a low income.

Smaller, better, smarter

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

How do you study the incredibly small? Nanomaterials are crucial for ‘nanodevices’, which have impacts in food production, medicine and controlling pollution.

Finding a murderer

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

When someone’s cause of death is unknown a post-mortem is carried out, but it's often difficult to detect smaller injuries that could provide vital clues for police investigations.

Farming for the future

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

Owning livestock such as cows, chickens, yaks and llamas, can reduce poverty in rural families and grow economies in low- and middle-income countries.

Entrepreneurs: born or made?

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

A free talk on research into entrepreneurs and how our DNA and biology may hold the keys to our entrepreneurial spirit.

Apollo in perspective

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

In 1968 we received photographs of Earth taken on board Apollo 8, the first manned mission that saw three astronauts orbit the Moon.

Space super-storms

Thursday, September 12 • 13:00 - 14:00
IDL 03, University of Warwick

Join Sandra Chapman to explore what impact a space super-storm would have today on our space-age, information-age society.

Perfect bodies

Thursday, September 12 • 13:00 - 14:00
Zeeman MS 02, University of Warwick

The pressure for perfection has never been greater, but what are the moral, ethical and cultural consequences for society?

The geopolitics of the energy transition

Thursday, September 12 • 13:00 - 14:00
IMC 02, University of Warwick

Energy security and climate change are just some of the challenges that are facing the global energy system.

Cook Together, Eat Together

Thursday, September 12 • 13:30 - 15:30
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 13:30, repeating until Thursday, September 12, 2019

Dome, University of Warwick

Cook Together, Eat Together is a free cooking club for the over 55s in Coventry, teaching people healthy eating skills while tackling the growing problem of social isolation.

Neutrinos, the Strangest Particle in the Universe

Thursday, September 12 • 14:00 - 15:00
Zeeman MS 01, University of Warwick

Relics of the Big Bang and produced within stars, neutrinos have mystified physicists since the 1930s.

AI for cancer diagnostics

Thursday, September 12 • 14:00 - 15:00
IMC 04, University of Warwick

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a buzzword that we can’t escape. It's revolutionising the entire world around us, including our understanding of cancer.

Huxley debate: Smart cities, smarter decisions?

Thursday, September 12 • 15:00 - 16:00
Warwick Arts Centre Theatre, University of Warwick

The urban dream of a ‘smart’ city is slowly becoming a reality, thanks to advances in technologies such as the Internet of Things, 5G and artificial intelligence.

The maths of personalised medicine

Thursday, September 12 • 15:00 - 16:00
IMC 02, University of Warwick

How can taking a personalised approach help those with cancer or who have suffered a miscarriage?

Lost landmass of Doggerland

Thursday, September 12 • 15:00 - 16:00
IDL 03, University of Warwick

In the last Ice Age, Britain was connected to Europe through a land mass called Doggerland.

What makes money?

Thursday, September 12 • 15:00 - 16:00
Zeeman MS 02, University of Warwick

Cash, dough, moolah - whatever you call it - money is a fundamental part of modern society. But what 'makes' money?

The origin of feathers

Thursday, September 12 • 16:00 - 17:00
Zeeman MS 01, University of Warwick

Which came first: the chicken or the feather?

Brexit: a fairer future?

Thursday, September 12 • 16:00 - 17:00
IMC 04, University of Warwick

In post Brexit Britain, what does it mean to be British?

Moving with the crowd

Thursday, September 12 • 17:00 - 18:00
IMC 02, University of Warwick

As the world's population grows and our cities fill with people, simulating the behaviour of crowds will become more essential than ever.

image of alice roberts

Presidential address: Alice Roberts

Thursday, September 12 • 17:00 - 18:00
Warwick Arts Centre Theatre, University of Warwick

Should we let ourselves believe in our capacity to make the world a better place, with Alice Roberts?

Staging the future

Thursday, September 12 • 17:00 - 18:00
The Albany Theatre

Science and fiction come together in theatre to produce plays that imagine how scientific developments and emergent technologies will change us as individuals.

Signals

Thursday, September 12 • 19:00 - 20:00
The Albany Theatre

A new comedic play about searching for meaning in a Universe we don't understand.

In Conversation with Konnie Huq

Thursday, September 12 • 19:30 - 20:30
Warwick Arts Centre Theatre, University of Warwick

As well as being the longest-serving female presenter of Blue Peter, Konnie Huq is also an accomplished author and illustrator.

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