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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’.

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.

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?

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.

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 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.

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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?

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?

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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?

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