Festival Programme - Newcastle Science Festival

Roadshow

The ScienceFest Roadshow is a chance to experience the fun of the festival two weeks before anyone else!

Byker

The Roadshow will launch with a special after school event. Join time travelling 'Doctor Death' and his wicked blend of historic remedies for your sneezes and wheezes. Warning: This show promises blood, guts, gore and a lot more!

> Fri 24 February
> 3-4pm Picnic and science demos
> 4-5pm Pantomime – Dr Death and the MediEvil Medicine Show
> Venue: Byker Community Centre
> Time: 3pm-5pm
> Suitable for ages 7+
> Free
> The show has a limited capacity – pick up your free tickets from the Byker Community Centre in advance to guarantee a seat

Cowgate

Bjorn the Polar Bear and his minders Ursula and Arthur will be coming to Cowgate for three very special performances. Bjorn is an incredibly life-like, playful puppet who loves to be petted and stroked. Throughout the day, there’ll also be a free picnic and science demos including an inflatable planetarium and live cookery.

> Sat 25 February
> 12noon-2pm Picnic
> 11am-4pm Science Demos
> 12.30pm, 2pm, 3.30pm Polar Bear
> Venue: Cowgate Community Centre
> Time: 11am-4pm+
> Suitable for all ages
> Free
> No pre-booking. Just turn up on the day.

Cowgate

The Roadshow will culminate at the Beacon – an exciting redevelopment of the former West Road Fire Station. This will be the building’s first public event.

Lots of exciting activities are planned including both Bjorn the Polar Bear and the Dr Death and the MediEvil Medicine Pantomime.

Between shows, you will be able to make your own UV torch to take home, help knit the solar system and enjoy a free picnic.

> Sun 26 February
> 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm Polar Bear
> 12.30pm, 2.30pm Pantomime – Dr Death and the MediEvil Medicine Show
> 12pm-2pm Picnic
> 11am-4pm Science demos
> Venue: The Beacon, West Road
> Time: 11am-4pm
> Suitable for all ages
> Free
> No pre-booking. Just turn up on the day.

Family

Family Weekender

Centre for Life

The ScienceFest Weekender is a family fun extravaganza with robots, hands-on experiments and mind bending optical illusions. Includes Dino Dig Workshops and Bjorn the Polar Bear - an incredibly life-like, playful puppet whose minders Ursula and Arthur will give a fascinating nature-documentary style talk about polar bears and their environment.

> Sat 10 March, 10am-6pm, Sun 11 March, 11am-6pm
> Family ticket is £10 (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children)
> Adult £5, Child £3, Annual pass holders free
> No advance tickets – just pay on the door

Inventors and Inventions!

Discovery Museum

Tom Mulholland presents a fun family science show using exciting gadgets, experiments and audience participation to reveal the science behind some of the most famous Victorian inventions developed in Tyne and Wear.

> Sat 10 March, shows at 10am, 11am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm)
> Free – no advance tickets

Red Kite Ramble

Derwent Valley Country Park

Find out more about the magnificent red kite following its successful reintroduction into a unique semi-urban environment in the lower Derwent Valley. Join the Environmental Records Information Centre (ERIC) North East and the Friends of the Red Kites for this fantastic opportunity to observe this re-established population of birds right on our doorstep.

> Sat 10 March
> Transport will be provided from the Great North Museum: Hancock
> Free. To book email eric.ne@twmuseums.org.uk or call 0191 222 5158
> Organised by ERIC North East and GNM, supported by FoRK

Rocky Shore Ramble

Dove Marine Laboratory, Newcastle University (Cullercoats)

Join marine biologists on the rocky shore and explore the fascinating lives of the creatures that inhabit our local seashore.

> Sun 11 March, 10am-12.30pm
> Free. To book email annie.cunningham@ncl.ac.uk or call 0191 222 3066

If You Go Down to the Woods Today

Great North Museum

Come and meet the Great North Mouse for story time sessions with Gallery Interpreter Kathryn. Sessions include stories, songs and learning through play.

> Sat 10 March – 10.30am-11am and 11.30am-12pm

> Free – no advance tickets
> Funded by Shears Foundation

A Great Late Night

Great North Museum: Hancock

Learn all about what makes our world wonderful and meet live animals such as lizards, snakes, spiders and more at this special Late Night opening of the museum.

> Sat 10 March, 6pm-10pm
> Free – no advance tickets, suitable for all ages.

Nature Party

Moorbank Botanic Garden, Newcastle University

Moorbank Botanic Garden is open just four times a year to the public as part of the National Garden Scheme. On this open day, we’ll be having a nature party – celebrating all things natural with a series of hands on activities for you to get to know nature better!

> Sun 11 March, 2pm-5pm
> Price: £3 for adults, children go free. No booking necessary. All proceeds to go to the National Garden Scheme charities. Funded by the British Science Association

The RSC Kilcoyne Lecture: Chemistry of the Senses

Newcastle University

Discover how chemistry is involved in the use of all our senses through some spectacular demonstrations and audience participation – see a “chemical sunset”, exploding balloons set to music, taste-tests, smell-tests, screaming Jelly Babies and more! Co-presented by Dr Peter Hoare (Newcastle University) and Mrs Anne Willis (Northumbria University).

> Free – book online
> Funded by RSC and British Science Association

Event Registration Online for The RSC Kilcoyne lecture 2012

Exploding Custard

Northumbria University

Ian Russell’s famous Exploding Custard show is a fast-moving, entertaining demonstration of do-it-yourself kitchen-table science. The show includes dozens of simple but spectacular experiments, all using materials readily available at home.

> Wed 14 March, 6.15pm-7.45 pm
> Free – booking details coming soon
> Suitable for ages 8+

Event Registration Online for Exploding Custard

Science Showcase

Metro Centre

Recognised nationally by the British Science Association for its Outstanding Contribution to National Science and Engineering week, the Science Showcase is a fantastic opportunity for members of the public to see some of the brilliant science taking place in North East schools. Includes hands-on activities, science fair projects, an inflatable planetarium and scientists from local universities.

> Thurs 15 March
> Free
> Suitable for all ages

More family fun events

Some special events are planned for the weekend after ScienceFest. Check out the Great North Museum:Hancock website for details of a family fun day and tours of the archives (Sat 17 March) and Tyneside Cinema for an event exploring 3D technology with a movie screening and special activities created by the Institute of Neuroscience (Sun 18 March).

After Dark

Bright Club

The Black Swan

Bright Club is the thinking person’s variety night, blending science, comedy, music, art, performance and anything else that can happen on a stage. Hosting the evening will be UK comedian Helen Keen who will welcome the north east’s finest academic, researchers and students on stage for a variety night like no other!

> Thurs 8 March, 7.30pm – 10pm
> £3 – register online, pay on the night
> Ages 18 and over

Event Registration Online for Bright Club

Stormy Weather Cocktails

Centre for Life

What do the following have in common – Hurricane, Sea Breeze, Stormy Weather, London Fog? As well as meteorological phenomena, they are also types of cocktail. Join Life’s resident mixologist Noel Jackson in an exploration of two of this country’s greatest obsessions – alcohol and the weather. On the cocktail front, expect some old favourites and some new specially created inventions.

> Fri 9 March, 7pm-11.30pm
> £25 – fully booked.
> Ages 18 and over

A Great Late Night

Great North Museum: Hancock

Learn all about what makes our world wonderful and meet live animals such as lizards, snakes, spiders and more at this special Late Night opening of the museum.

> Sat 10 March, 6pm-10pm
> Free – no advance tickets, suitable for all ages.

Greek Mythology

Centre for Life

Live storytelling in the North’s largest planetarium. Be transported back to Ancient Greece and delve into a world of love, lust and jealousy with Centre for Life’s Jenny Dockett. Before the show, there will be the chance to have a glass of wine and discover some Ancient Wisdom – learn to write your name in hieroglyphics and try the Greek way of using the Sun to burn the enemy’s ships.

> Tues 13 March, Doors open 6pm,
planetarium screening 7pm-8pm
> £3 – book online
> Ages 18 and over

Event Registration Online for Greek Mythology

Science in a Nightclub

Liquid and Envy, Newcastle

How are computers used by a DJ? What effects does dancing have on our bodies? How do lasers work? What are the effects and dangers of recreational drugs? What Science can you find in a Nightclub? All these questions and many more will be answered in our Science in a Nightclub event.

>Tues 13 March, 7.30pm
>Free - no advance tickets

Skeptics in the Pub

The Bridge Hotel

The monthly gathering of Newcastle’s finest thinkers. In a break from the usual format there will be several short talks on a range of subjects. An opportunity for local sceptics and free-thinkers to take to the stage for 15 minutes in the spot light. If you’d like to contribute a talk, get in touch with sitp.ncl@gmail.com.

> Wed 14 March, 7pm-late
> Free – no advance tickets

Closing Party: Secrets and Lies

Centre for Life

A noir-inspired evening of trickery, tomfoolery, secrets and lies. Sip gin, listen to jazz and discover a world of code-breaking, micro-expressions, conspiracy theories and poker faces. Includes:

Lie to Me

The most subtle of expressions can be the key to finding out the truth. Experts from Paul Ekman International - the organisation that inspired popular TV drama Lie To Me – will teach you how to become a human lie detector.

Code breakers

From its Greek origins to current day applications, Steve Humble will be giving a crash course on how to crack these hidden messages. One to keep you going until then.... RZGG YJIZ, NZZ TJP JI HVMXC ADAOZZIOC!

Hall of Conspiracies

Moon landings, crop circles, aliens and apocalyptic sounds. Tell us what you believe in and even create some conspiracies of your own.

Secret sleep switch

Take part in tests to determine your degree of social jet-lag and find out if you are an Owl or a Lark. Discover how this can be changed through your ‘secret sleep switch’. Presented by Dr Jason Ellis and his team from Northumbria University.

> Centre for Life, Thurs 15 March, 7-10pm
> £4 – book online http://www.ticketsoup.com/tickets/after-life-evening-2012-12724/default.aspx
> Ages 18 and over

Awards Lectures

Centre for Life

A day of award-winning lectures to celebrate the British Science Festival’s return to Newcastle in 2013. Launched in 1831, the Festival has been the stage for many iconic moments in history – such as the first use of the word ‘scientist’ in 1834. The annual Award Lectures recognise and reward five scientists in the early stages of their career, who show outstanding skills in communication to a non-specialist audience.

Why ginger takes the biscuit in helping save the stag beetle

2011 Charles Lyell Award Lecture:

Dr Deborah Harvey
Discover how our largest terrestrial beetle – the stag beetle – can be monitored using ginger, and why this kitchen staple is so irresistible.

> Sat 10 March, 1pm
> Free – book online, age 12+

Event Registration Online for Why Ginger Takes To Biscuit In Helping Save The Stag Beetle

Do we still need animal testing to make our drugs safe?

2011 Charles Darwin Award Lecture:

Dr Laura Waters
In the UK, animal testing for pharmaceuticals is mandatory but banned for cosmetics. Would it be just as useful to predict drug behaviour in humans using an alternative method?

> Sat 10 March, 2pm
> Free – book online, recommended age 12+

Event Registration Online for Do We Still Need Animal Testing to Make our Drugs Safe?

The magic of Harry Potter! Can we make cloaking a reality?

2011 Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Award Lecture: Akram Alomainy
Could invisibility cloaks ever become reality? Find out about the electronic engineers who are applying their physics and engineering skills to create new kinds of materials that make objects invisible.

> Sat 10 March, 3.30pm
> Free – book online, recommended age 12+

Event Registration Online for The Magic of Harry Potter! Can We Make Cloaking a Reality?

Identity and mistaken identity: face recognition in a surveillance society

2007 Joseph Lister Award Lecture:

Rob Jenkins
With more than 4 million CCTV cameras in the UK, we need to ask questions about how successful people and computers really are at recognising unfamiliar faces. This talk includes real life examples and live demonstrations.

> Sat 10 March, 4.30pm
> Free – book online, recommended age 12+

Event Registration Online for Identity and Mistaken Identity: Face Recognition in a Surveillance Society

Saturday night science

2004 Lord Kelvin Award Lecture: Graeme Jones

Discover everything you ever wanted to know about the chemistry of a night out. From putting on aftershave or perfume to the molecules of sexual attraction; from the effects of drinking and clubbing to the chemistry of curries and kebabs. An interactive event.

> Sat 10 March, 6pm
> Free – book online, recommended age 16+

Event Registration Online for Newcastle ScienceFest: Saturday Night Science

Tours and Trails

Launch: Newcastle Chemistry Trail

Newcastle City Centre

Lucozade, Andrew’s Liver Salts and Domestos. Did you know that these (and many other household chemicals) are all Geordie inventions? Find out more at the World Premiere of the Newcastle Chemistry Trail, with a guided tour of some of the City’s highlights, lead by Life’s Noel Jackson. This trail unveils Newcastle’s legacy as Britain’s FIRST CITY of chemistry as well as providing fascinating insights to chemicals in everyday use. Following the launch, the trail will be available as a self guided tour online.

> Mon 12 March, 10am - 12pm
> Free – no advance tickets, suitable for all ages
> Meeting point is outside the Newcastle Lit & Phil, 10am sharp!

Lit & Phil Library tours

A unique opportunity for a guided tour around the Lit & Phil Library. Having opened in 1825, the Lit & Phil building houses a unique collection of books, maps, recorded and printed music. The Grade II* listed building witnessed many important scientific innovations, not least Joseph Swan’s demonstration of the light bulb in 1879.

> Fri 9 March 11am, Tues 13 March 2pm, Thurs 15 March 11am
> Free – book online, limited numbers.
9th March tour
13th March tour
15th march tour

Victoria Tunnel Guided Tour

Victoria Tunnel

A taster tour of the underground tunnels in the Ouseburn Valley. Find out how this amazing feat of engineering was constructed and how it operated as a waggonway for the Newcastle coal industry.

> 8 - 9 March, 10am - 11am, 1pm- 2pm
> And 13 - 15 March, 10am - 11am, 1pm- 2pm
> £2. Suitable for ages 8 and over
> Booking is essential. To book your place, email clive.goodwin@ouseburntrust.org.uk quoting 'ScienceFest'. Please indicate number of people and three alternative times/dates.

Olympics Inspired

Designing the Dynamic

Northumbria University

From golf balls that travel straighter, to swimsuits that help you swim faster, this free exhibition explores equipment, clothing and footwear that use nanotechnology and smart materials to improve athletes’ performance. Exhibits include a FastSkin swimming costume, HEAD Nano Titanium squash racket and Armadillo shin pads, to name a few.

> 6-13 March
> Free, no advance tickets
> The exhibition is in the Northumberland Road entrance to Sport Central, open 07.00 - 22.00

A collaborative project by Durham and Northumbria Universities, NETPark, Science Learning Centre North East, Washington Arts Centre, Newcastle ScienceFest, Kenton School and the County Durham Development Company. It has been part-financed by the European Union’s ERDF programme.

Film screening: Richard Fenwick – Exhaustion

Tyneside Cinema

This AV Festival 12 commissioned film chronicles a professional athlete’s journey from rest, to exhaustion, and recovery. Exhaustion was filmed in epic detail and extreme slow motion at 4,000 frames-per-minute, with Chris Watson’s recording capturing real-time data from both inside and outside the athlete’s body. The event will be followed with a question and answer session in partnership with the Division of Sport Sciences, Northumbria University.

> Sun 11 March, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
> Price: £8/6.45 – book online https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/whats-on/films/view/exhaustion-plus-filmmaker-qa
> Presented by AV Festival 12. Supported by a Welcome Trust Arts Award.

Science Olympics

Rutherford Hall, Ellison Building, Northumbria University

Are you a Science Olympian? Could you excel in one of our team based challenges? Will you be our Gold, Silver or Bronze award winners? Come and get involved in our fun challenges incorporating chemistry knowledge and skills around simple chemical reactions.

> Thurs 8 March
> Free – book online, numbers are limited
> Schools event only – suitable for Year 8
Two sessions 10am-12noon and 1pm-3pm
www.northumbria.ac.uk/sciencefestival

Going for Gold: The Science behind Elite Sporting Success

Northumbria University

Come and experience the science behind elite sporting performance. Find out how sport scientists enable athletes to reach their performance potential. See how scientists are using cutting edge equipment to assess and enhance athletic performance, watch demos of athletes in action and find out how you match up to Olympic athletes by testing your own power, speed and strength! You’ll also have the opportunity to talk to experts and take a tour of Sport Central – Northumbria University’s amazing £30 million facility.

> Fri 9 March, 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm
> Free – book online, suitable for ages 14+
www.northumbria.ac.uk/sciencefestival

Pop Up Gallery

Eldon Square

A shop in Eldon Square will be the setting for a ‘pop up gallery’ for the duration of ScienceFest and beyond. Artist and Designer Professor Helen Storey has been invited to present a selection of artworks and film from her pioneering Catalytic Clothing project, in partnership with scientist Professor Tony Ryan that brings together the worlds of fashion and chemistry with the potential to clean the air we breathe. Employing existing technology in a new way, it seeks to explore how clothing and textiles can be used as a catalytic surface to purify the air. The exhibition will include two Red Planet dresses and a mini Field of Jeans as well as a new film which tells the story of Catalytic Clothing. A larger Field of Jeans installation will also be displayed on Palace Green in front of Durham Cathedral for the duration of the festival. These jeans elucidate the efficiency and use of denim jeans – everybody who owns a pair will have the capability to purify air.

> 9 March – 19 March
> Free – located near the Monument entrance to Eldon Square

Credits:
The Newcastle/Durham installations are funded by NetPark and are part of a partnership between Science Learning Centre North East, NetPark, Durham University and Centre for Life. Catalytic Clothing is a partnership between the Helen Storey Foundation, The University of Sheffield, University of the Arts London / London College of Fashion

Art and Science

Stars and Shadows

Star and Shadow Cinema

Join Star & Shadow volunteers as they attempt to recreate 3 (or more) experiments that changed our view of the world. 1. Alhazen’s camera obscura (c965, Basra). 2. Brunelleschi’s demonstration of the perspective illusion (c1420, Florence). and 3. Goethe’s challenge to Newton’s mechanical paradigm (1790, Weimar), by attempting to make colour shadows.

> Thurs 8 March, 12.30pm-4.30pm
> Free – no advance tickets

Can art influence science and does science influence art?

Centre for Life

A lively panel discussion exploring what happens when artists and scientists collaborate. The discussion will be moderated by Ian Simmons (Centre for Life) and will include a chance to view the ‘Intersections’ exhibition. Curated by artist Marianne Wilde (Northumbria University), the artworks have been produced by artists who work alongside scientists and are a direct result of this relationship.

> Mon 12 March, 7pm-8.30pm
> Free – book online
> Exhibition running throughout March within Centre for Life.

Event Registration Online for Can Art Influence Science and does Science Influence Art?

Leonardo Da Vinci: Man and Machine

Centre for Life

Leonardo Da Vinci – painter, sculptor, musician, scientist, inventor, engineer, mathematician, architect, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer – is one of history’s most famous men. Discover his extraordinary life and work in an exhibition created and supported by Charles Street Community Association working with the local community.

> 12 March – 23 April, 9am-5pm

> Free – no ticketing
> Exhibition located in Bioscience Building –closed weekends
> Funded by Newcastle Science City Community Engagement Project

Music, architecture and acoustics in Renaissance Venice: Recreating lost soundscapes

Centre for Life

During the Renaissance in Venice, composers such as Gabrieli and Monteverdi created some of their greatest masterpieces for performance in the great churches on festive occasions. Professor Malcolm Longair presents what music would have sounded like, given its complexity and the long reverberation times of large churches.

> Fri 9 March, 6pm-7pm
> Free – book online
> Suitable for ages 16 +
> Presented by The Royal Society

Event Registration Online for Music, Architecture And Acoustics In Renaissance Venice

Science into Short Fiction: Programmable Memory

Lit & Phil

In 2009 a paper was published in the prestigious journal Cell that claimed scientists had successfully “written” memories into a brain. By artificially evoking activity in specific brain cells with pulses of light, the scientists were able to programme behaviourally meaningful memories in flies. Today, award-winning poet and short story writer Sean O’Brien premiers a new short story specially commissioned for Comma’s Bio-Punk project that explores the very real, near-future possibility of memory manipulation. Sean is accompanied by Cambridge University scientist Dr Simon Stott who consulted on the story, and will be discussing the reality behind the fiction.

> Tue 13 March, 12.30-1.30pm
> Free – book online. Limited numbers
> Supported by the Wellcome Trust.

Event Registration Online for Science into Short Fiction: Programmable Memory

Undress: Redress

Washington Arts Centre

An exhibition to celebrate the fashions of the future. Featured installations include Helen Schell’s UN-Dress - a vibrant ball gown made from thermoplastic that dissolves on contact with water - and Gareth Pugh’s dazzling Electroluminescent Dress made from printable electronic material. Washington born clothes designer Gareth has a reputation for creating extravagant and ornate clothing and has designed costumes for the likes of Lady Gaga.

> 8 March – 7 April
> Free – no ticketing

Undress: Redress is a collaborative project by Durham University, NETPark, Science Learning Centre North East, Arts Centre Washington, Procter and Gamble, Velcro, Newcastle Science Festival and the County Durham Development Company with thanks to Richard Kirk of Polyphotonix. It has been part financed by the European Union’s ERDF programme.

AV Festival

A series of exhibitions and events in collaboration with AV Festival and ScienceFest partners.

Yoshi Wada

Discovery Museum

An immersive sound installation constructed from organ pipes, sheet metal, steel pipe, sirens, foghorns, alarm bells and a ship’s ventilator. Tuned to the architecture of the Great Hall, the work produces sustained, long drones reverberating through space.

> Throughout March
> Presented by AV Festival and Discovery Museum

Agnes Meyer-Brandis: The Moon Goose Analogue: Lunar Migration Bird Facility

Great North Museum: Hancock

Inspired by the 1638 book The Man in the Moone by English bishop Francis Godwin, in which the protagonist flies to the moon in a chariot towed by moon geese. The artist has made this a reality by raising 11 moon geese from birth, giving them astronauts’ names and training them to fly. A control room in the museum broadcasts a live stream of the geese.

> Throughout March
> Presented by AV Festival and Great North Museum: Hancock. Commissioned by The Arts Catalyst and FACT, part of Republic of the Moon

Sneha Solanki: Super-natural

Vane

Super-natural connects two points in time, the historical pre-enlightenment and genetic science of today, both periods signalling the onset of revolutionary or accelerated technological change. Working in residence in a synthetic biology wet-lab, Solanki has constructed a synthetic life, viewed through a scrying device.

> Throughout March
> Presented by AV Festival and supported
by the Synthetic Biology Research Group,
Newcastle University

Steven Stapleton Sleep Concert

Centre for Life

The UK premiere and fourth ever Sleep Concert. Stapleton performs live throughout the night manipulating and re-animating his own Nurse With Wound recordings in an avant-DJ somniloquy to shape and colour your dreams. Nurse with Wound is influenced by krautrock, ambient, easy listening, noise and musique concrete. Beds will be provided.

> Fri 23 and Sat 24 March, Time: 9pm-9am
> Ticket cost: £25 inc B&B. Book online at
www.avfestival.co.uk
> Presented by AV Festival 12 in partnership with Centre for Life

Designs for Life

Northumbria University’s School of Design presents a series of installations.

Look into my eyes

Newcastle City Library

Interactive experiences to build empathy of how it feels to have Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Experience what it might be like to experience some of the symptoms of MS, through interacting with digital mirrors and an interactive story.

> Thurs 1 – Thurs 15 March
> Free – no advance tickets

Exhibit: Making Science Work for People

Newcastle City Library

See how innovative design approaches assist in translating complex science and technology into better products and services in the field of healthcare.

> Thurs 8 – Thurs 15 March
> Free – no advance tickets

Talk: Making Science Work for People

Newcastle City Library

Prof. Bob Young will present a designer’s approach to translating science for everyday living, and ask the questions: Can digital animation untangle complex science for the rest of us? How do designers innovate smarter products for everyone? How can Design help to return the ‘public’ to Public Health?

> Thurs 15 March, 3.30pm-4.30pm
> Free – book online

Event Registration Online for Talk: Making Science Work for People

The Role of Photo Active Materials in Assistive Health

Newcastle City Library

Prof. Raymond Oliver delivers a talk on new classes of electro and photo active materials becoming available, which are lightweight, flexible and transparent. This allows for more flexibility in how beneficial technologies can be worn on or inside the body. How this is possible will be the basis for an illustrated talk on these ‘soft’ machines.

> Thurs 15 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm
> Free – book online

Event Registration Online for The Role of Electro and Photo Active Materials in Assistive Health

DorkBot – Digital Jewellery and Anticipatory Medical Devices

Centre for Life

Featured speakers are Northumbria University School of Design’s Dr. Jayne Wallace and Prof. Raymond Oliver. Dr. Jayne Wallace’s passion lies in the human interaction with digital technologies. How we can give our interactions with digital technologies fresh texture and meaning will be explored, through unpicking current assumptions and constructing new characterisations and roles of the digital, through creative practice. Prof. Raymond Oliver will give an illustrative demonstration to help the audience understand the benefits of anticipatory medical devices. Is it possible to anticipate the onset of various conditions including dementia, depression and epilepsy?”

> Wed 14 March – 7pm-9pm
> Free – book online

Event Registration Online for DorkBot – Digital Jewellery and Anticipatory Medical Devices

North East Science

Centre for Life

Three of the region’s top scientists have been invited to share their work as part of a special evening to celebrate the diversity of world-class research taking place in North East England.

Dr Jason Ellis
The Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research

Over 40% of the population report difficulties with sleep, making it one of the biggest public health concerns globally. Jason Ellis and his team at Northumbria University are investigating sleep problems and will be suggesting techniques and tips based upon the evidence collected in the labs.

Professor Sir John Burn
Institute of Genetic Medicine

Newcastle University’s research team at the Centre for Life has a revolutionary new
approach to DNA analysis which may result in DNA testing while you wait, or “20 tests in 20 minutes for 20 quid”. What are the future benefits and potential disadvantages of this new breakthrough?

Professor Carlos Frenk
Institute for Computational Cosmology

Durham University’s theoretical cosmology research group is world-renowned. Models of the universe built in state-of-the-art supercomputers reveal hidden truths about “dark matter” – essential for making galaxies, stars, planets and people?

> Mon 12 March – 6pm-8pm
> Free – book online, suitable for ages 16+
> Talks will take place at Centre for Life’s Conference and Banqueting

Event Registration Online for North East England – Leading the Way

Talks and workshops

Can we change our minds about gender?

Centre for Life

Our childhood influences our perceptions of, and emotional responses to gender. Dr Kevin Hilton will be exploring what has led to these perceptions and if they can be changed?

> Thurs 8 March, 6pm-7pm
> Free – book online, suitable for ages 16 +

Event Registration Online for Can We Change Our Minds About Gender?

Lunchtime Lecture

Northumbria University

A double-bill lunchtime lecture exploring two fascinating topics. Dr Fiona Caple explores Food myths: separating fact from fiction. Are bread and potatoes fattening? Is red wine good for you? How do you get your ‘five a day’? Dr. Caple sorts out the facts from the fiction and explains the science behind the recommendations. Richard Hyde will then present What does the product tell me? Looking at food labels, and what they should tell you about your food. What do you have to be told, and how does this impact on food packaging?

> Fri 9 March, 12noon-2pm
> Free – book online, suitable for ages 16 +

Event Registration Online for Lunchtime Lecture: Food myths and product packaging

A slice of pi

Lit & Phil

From film director Darren Aronofsky to singer Kate Bush, π (pi) has fascinated culture vultures and mathematicians alike. Join Newcastle University’s Professor Robin Johnson for a lunchtime lecture exploring the history behind the methods for estimating the value. No prior knowledge required.

> Mon 12 March, 1pm-2pm
> Free – book online, ages 16 +

Event Registration Online for A Slice of pi

Tackling Species Extinction

Great North Museum: Hancock

Mike Harris discusses the RSPB’s recent conservation work both in the UK and aroundthe world.

> Mon 12 March, 7pm-8.15pm,
> Free. To book email greatnorthmuseum@twmuseums.org.uk or call 0191 222 5121

The Neolithic revolution

Lit & Phil

Professor Anvar Shukurov, Professor of Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, Newcastle University talks about the spread of incipient farming across Eurasia, its significance and mathematical interpretation.

> Mon 12 March, 6.30pm-7.30pm.
> Free – book online, Suitable for 16+

Event Registration Online for The Neolithic revolution

Deep Sea Survey Lecture

Newcastle University – Curtis Auditorium

Discover new recently identified undersea species and learn about the extreme environment in which they live.

> Mon 12 March, 5pm-6pm, suitable for ages 12+
> Free. To book email annie.cunningham@ncl.ac.uk or call 0191 222 3066

Sea Change Book Launch

Newcastle University - Curtis Auditorium

A celebratory book launch event showcasing the North East coast through photographs, drawings and poems.

> Mon 12 March, 6.30pm-7.30pm, suitable for ages 12+
> Free. To book email annie.cunningham@ncl.ac.uk or call 0191 222 3066

The Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Great North Museum: Hancock

The critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper is one of the world’s rarest birds. Dr Baz Hughes, Head of Species Conservation at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust will talk about the ambitious conservation project to save the species.

> Tues 13 March, 7pm-8.15pm,
> Free. To book email greatnorthmuseum@twmuseums.org.uk or call 0191 222 5121

Birdsong for Beginners

Centre for Life

Learn how to identify birds by their song in this special workshop led by Noel Jackson – an avid “bird listener” who has devised easy ways for beginners to recognise and remember the songs of the most important garden and countryside birds. This workshop will be followed with a Birdsong Walk in the Derwent Valley on Sun 18 March.

> Wed 14 March, 7.30pm
> £3 – suitable for ages 13 and over

Event Registration Online for Birdsong for Beginners

Oceans under Threat

Dove Marine Laboratory, Newcastle University (Cullercoats)

With improved technology, more efficient fishing gears and faster vessels we have the capacity to harvest our ocean’s resources several times over. A panel discussion will explore the extent to which fishing can continue to meet our human need for protein.

> Wed 14 March, 5.30pm-7pm. Suitable for ages 14+.
> Free. To book email annie.cunningham@ncl.ac.uk or call 0191 222 3066

Evolution, extinction and the lost humans

Great North Museum: Hancock

Join us on a human odyssey as we explore themes of common ancestry, diversity and natural selection. Look into how we, as modern Homo sapiens, evolved from more primitive ancestors.

> Thurs 15 March, 6pm-7pm
> Free. To book email greatnorthmuseum@twmuseums.org.uk or call 0191 222 5121
> Organised by GNM and the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution (Newcastle University)

Science and Technology: Making it happen

Centre for Life

An evening dedicated to computing, engineering and information sciences. Various speakers and topics will be presented and discussed including robotics and physical computing (Neil Eliot), sound and vibration (Dr Ali Daadbin), nonlinear waves and solitons (Dr Sara Lombardo and Matteo Sommacal) and wireless sensor networks (Dr Nauman Aslam).

> Tues 13 March, 6pm-9pm
> Free – book online
> Suitable for ages 16 +

Event Registration Online for Science and Technology: Making it Happen

Astronomy Lecture and Live Skies Planetarium

Lit & Phil

Northumbria University’s Dr James McLaughlin and Dr Gary Verth will be exploring the sun and its effect on the earth and on space travel. After the talk, visitors will have the opportunity to visit the Centre for Life for a presenter-led Live Skies planetarium show.

> Wed 14 March, lecture – 1pm, planetarium show – 3pm
> £3 – book online, ages 16 +

Event Registration Online for Astronomy Lecture and Live Skies Planetarium

The Science of Decision Making

Newcastle City Library

The Science of Decision Making with guest speaker’s Alistair Campbell, strategist and spokesman for the British Prime Minister and Kenny Coventry PhD, Director of Cognitition and Communication Research Centre of Northumbria University. A must for company managers, owners and investors in businesses with 10-250 employees.

> Wed 14 March, 6.30pm-10pm
> Free – book online

Event Registration Online for The Science of Decision Making

Newcastle University Insights lecture

Hershel Building, Curtis Auditorium

Andrew Pontzen (British Science Festival Award Lecturer) and Tom Whyntie (winner of the 2009 NESTA FameLab competition) present an interactive lecture looking at the astronomy and particle physics of the whole dark matter mystery.

> Thurs 15 March, 5.30pm-6.30pm
> Free – no booking needed

Mind, Body and Speech

Newcastle City Library

Two fascinating lectures from the School of Life Sciences. Professor Kenny Coventry explores Language and the Body. Do left handers use language differently to right handers? And is language learned affected by the bodies we have? You will never think of language in quite the same way again. Professor Gwyneth Doherty-Sneddon presents Don’t look now I’m trying to think. Why is it so hard to look at someone else’s face when we are working out a difficult problem. This lecture will show how children and adults avert their gaze away from others in predictable ways and how averting your gaze at the right moment can even make you smarter.

> Thurs 15 March, 6pm-7.30pm
> Free – book online, suitable for ages 16 +

Event Registration Online for Mind, Body and Speech

Schools

Special events for schools and sixth formers

Journey into Space,

Centre for Life and

Newcastle Theatre Royal
A collaboration where students study astronomy in Life’s Planetarium and work with actors from “Journey into Space” on aspects of performance production at the Theatre Royal.

> Throughout March
> £200 per class. Suitable for KS2-KS4 and GCSE Drama
> Book via Life on 0191 243 8223

Free Science Centre visit with every workshop booked

Centre for Life

Book any Education workshop, and enjoy a free Science Centre visit.

> Throughout March
> Workshops start at £2.50 per pupil
> Book via Life on 0191 243 8223

So you want to save lives?

Northumbria University, Coach Lane Campus West

Come along to Northumbria’s state-of-the art Clinical Skills Centre for an afternoon of introductory workshops – perfect for anyone considering a career in health. See and experience hi-fidelity models including a SIM Man and SIM Baby which produce altered physiology, including heart and lung rhythms. Those attending Friday will also get the chance to experience the operating theatre and anaesthetic room.

> 8-9 March
> Suitable for 6th Formers.
> Free – booking link coming soon

Event Registration Online for So You Want To Save Lives?
Event Registration Online for So You Want To Save Lives?

Science in a Nightclub,

Liquid and Envy, Newcastle

How are computers used by a DJ? What effects does dancing have on our bodies? How do lasers work? What are the effects and dangers of recreational drugs? What Science can you find in a Nightclub? All these questions and many more will be answered in our Science in a Nightclub event. Public opening on evening of 13th.

> 13-14 March
> Free
> Suitable for Year 10 and Year 11 pupils
> Book via Science Learning Centre North East, 0191 3706215

Science Olympics

Rutherford Hall, Ellison Building, Northumbria University

Are you a Science Olympian? Could you excel in one of our team based challenges? Will you be our Gold, Silver or Bronze award winners? Come and get involved in our fun challenges incorporating chemistry knowledge and skills around simple chemical reactions.

> Thurs 8 March
> Free – book online, numbers are limited
> Schools event only – suitable for Year 8
Two sessions 10am-12noon and 1pm-3pm
www.northumbria.ac.uk/sciencefestival

Going for Gold: The Science behind Elite Sporting Success

Northumbria University

Come and experience the science behind elite sporting performance. Find out how sport scientists enable athletes to reach their performance potential. See how scientists are using cutting edge equipment to assess and enhance athletic performance, watch demos of athletes in action and find out how you match up to Olympic athletes by testing your own power, speed and strength! You’ll also have the opportunity to talk to experts and take a tour of Sport Central – Northumbria University’s amazing £30 million facility.

> Fri 9 March, 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm
> Free – book online, suitable for ages 14+
www.northumbria.ac.uk/sciencefestival

Science at Discovery Museum

Pupils will listen to the story Egg Drop before taking part in scientific experiments related to the themes of the book.

> 5-30 March
> £60 a session
> Suitable for KS1+KS2
> Book via TWM on 0191 232 6789

From Tyne and Wear to the World

Discovery Museum

Find out all about the science behind Swan, Parsons, Armstrong, and George and Robert Stephenson’s engineering discoveries and inventions. The show will look at electricity, water, energy and forces and motion with scientist Tom Mulholland, who will be using exciting gadgets, experiments and audience participation.

> 6-9 March
> Free
> Suitable for KS1+KS2
> Book via TWM on 0191 232 6789

Habitat Explorers

Great North Museum

Habitat Explorers offers students the opportunity to discover how animals have adapted to different habitats and climates. Whether your students are learning about local wildlife or more exotic creatures we can offer a unique experience that will get them engaged in the natural world.

> 12-16 March
> Free
> Suitable for KS1 and KS2 students
> Call the GNM learning team on 0191 222 6865 or email gnmlearning@twmuseums.org.uk

Sustainability – More Than Just Renewable Energy

Great North Museum

A dynamic and energetic workshop that sees pupils venturing out into the museum itself, this workshop focuses on the application of sustainability and proves there’s more to it than just renewable energy.

> 12-16 March
> Free
> Suitable for KS2+KS3
> Book via TWM on 0191 222 6865

Protecting our Seas: Sustainable Choices

Newcastle University

What fish do you pick up in the supermarket? We invite you to consider some of our delicious recipes. This session includes a short talk on the current state of our oceans and fish stocks, followed by a cookery demonstration and the chance to taste recipes with sustainable fish sources.

> 13 March
> Free – book online
> Suitable for A-level
> Contact annie.cunningham@ncl.ac.uk

Marine Biology Masterclass

Newcastle University, Main Campus

A hands-on activity that introduces some of the scientific challenges facing our oceans today.

> 14 March
> Free – book online
> Suitable for KS3
> Contact annie.cunningham@ncl.ac.uk

Marine Pollution – coastal guardians

Dove Marine Laboratory, Newcastle University (Cullercoats)

Fun and interactive session that aims to improve pupil’s awareness of the consequences of marine pollution. The session will inspire children to make a difference by changing their own behaviour, to reduce their use of plastic and to recycle more.

> 16 March
> Free – booking essential
> Suitable for KS2
> Contact annie.cunningham@ncl.ac.uk

Geothermal on Tyne, 15 March

Great North Museum: Hancock

Prof Paul Younger from Newcastle University’s North East Institute for Research on Sustainability, offers students the opportunity to find out about geothermal activity beneath the city as part of the exciting Geothermal Borehole project.

> 16 March
> Freel
> Suitable for GCSE and A-Level.
> Book by telephone (0191) 222 6865

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