Leeds Festival of Science 2017 will run again from 4th – 31st March 2017.
The 2017 Public Programme will once again be packed full of exciting events that will enthuse and inspire everyone, whatever their age and experience.
Download a copy of our public programme by clicking the image below.
- Multi-sensory Morning – Friday 10th March, 10:00am – 12:00pm
- Ensonglopedia of Science – Saturday 11th March, 7:30pm – 4:00pm
- Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society’s Science Fair – Saturday 18th March, 11:00am – 4:00pm
- Café Scientifique: Science slam – Funny but true– Tuesday 21st March, 8:00pm
- Be Curious 2017: About Leeds and Yorkshire – Saturday 25th March, 10:00am – 4:00pm
- Get hands-on with keyhole surgery in Leeds – Monday 27th March, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
- How to Solve Equations (W P Milne Lecture) – Wednesday 29th March, 14:30pm – 15:30pm
- Rodley Nature Reserve – Wednesdays, Saturdays or Sundays, 10:00am – 4:00pm
- The Chevin Forest Park Geology Trail – Self-Led Trail in Chevin Forest Park, Otley
- Roundhay Park – a walk back in time Geology Trail – Self-Led Trail in Roundhay Park, Leeds
- Leeds City Centre Maths Trail – Self-Led Trail in Leeds
- Leeds City Walks – Geology of Buildings in Leeds – Self-Led Trail in Leeds
Friday 10th March, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Leeds City Museum
Multi-Sensory Morning for the Under 5s and their carers. As part of Disabled Access Day, we invite you to have a play in our pop up sensory room, and try our multi-sensory crafts. Try our Multi-Sensory Trail too, which you can pick up at the museum’s main entrance.
The pop-up sensory room is a quieter space to visit during your visit to the museum. It has dark tents to sit in and crawl through, a bubble tube, light box, chalkboards, tactile toys and mirrors. It is on the lower ground of the museum and you can visit the taxidermy animals in the Life on Earth gallery on this level also, and make an animal mask or picture to take home.
For more information about the museum, please visit www.leeds.gov.uk/citymuseum or call 0113 3787122.
Ensonglopedia of Science
Saturday 11th March, 7:30pm
A song about science for every letter of the alphabet. Expect atoms, Big Bangs and cells. Expect X-rays, Y-chromosomes and plenty of zoology. Expect the unexpected. And expect it to rhyme.
This is the brand new show by John Hinton, multi-award-winning writer and performer of the Scientrilogy of musical comedies about Darwin, Einstein and Curie.
Peer reviewed by scientists from institutions including University of Sussex, King’s College London, Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Natural History Museum, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and many more.
“John Hinton is an absolute joy…this guy could get anyone interested in science” – Adelaide Theatre Guide. Ages 7+
To book tickets, visit the Carriageworks City Centre Box office, phone 0113 376 0318 or visit www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk
Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society’s Science Fair
Saturday 18th March, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Leeds City Museum
From the wonders of astronomy, to the chemistry of chocolate and DIY sherbet, and from the mind-boggling mathematical tautochrone to pedal power, this year’s science fair organized by the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society will be packed with interesting and interactive displays for all age groups to enjoy.
This year’s Science Fair is pleased to welcome exhibits from the Leeds Astronomical Society, Rodley Nature Reserve, Leeds Museums including Natural Science and Geology, MathsWorldUK, Royal Statistical Society, Leeds Beckett University, Astbury Biostructure Laboratory and Department of Psychology from Leeds University, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cyclops Pedal Power and Scientists for Global Responsibility.
Café Scientifique: Science slam – Funny but true
Tuesday 21st March, 8:00pm
Seven Arts, Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds
The Science Slam on 21st March will be a mixture of science and comedy. The evening will include a Truth & Lies panel game, and then four stand-up comedy routines, all with a science theme.
Expect eminent scientists to be funnier than you might have thought.
Expect mirth from the maths dept, laughter from the laboratory, funny physicists and chuckles from the chemists.
“That’s Funny” is what Alexander Fleming said when he returned to his laboratory after a holiday, to find that one of his bacterial cultures had been stored carelessly. A strange growth had appeared on it. Instead of throwing it away, he investigated the “funny” growth, and a few years later he picked up the Nobel prize for the discovery of penicillin.
Be Curious – about Leeds and Yorkshire
Saturday 25th March, 10:00am – 4:00pm
University of Leeds
For more information, click here.
Get hands-on with keyhole surgery in Leeds
Join our tour of the surgical training unit!
Monday 27th March, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
LIMIT/LISTA surgical training unit, Chancellor building, St James’s University Hospital, Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7TF
Would you like to have a go at keyhole surgery?
Would you like to hear from a brain surgeon and find out what brain surgery is really like and how growing ‘mini-brains’ in a lab is helping our research?
If so, join us in the surgical training unit at St James’s hospital and have a go with the keyhole surgery training equipment which the surgeons use to practice their skills – don’t worry, you’ll be operating inside a plastic person, not a real one.
You’ll also get to hear from Dr Ryan Matthew, a brain cancer surgeon who is also now doing research which involves growing ‘mini-brains’ from patient tumour samples.
This event is now fully booked.
How to Solve Equations
Wednesday 29th March, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
University of Leeds
W P Milne Lecture with Vicky Neale
What strategies do mathematicians use to solve equations? We’ll focus on some classic examples from number theory, and see that sometimes the key to success is to use unexpected areas of maths – and that sometimes solving even simple equations can be very challenging…
A level maths standard.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for venue details.
Rodley Nature Reserve
Wednesdays, Saturdays or Sundays, 10am-4pm
Rodley Nature Reserve is designed to bring wetland wildlife back into the Leeds area. Why not go along for a visit during the festival? Wildfowl are present in good numbers in March and Whooper Swans call in most years. Winter visitors such as Redwings and Fieldfares should still be around and the first summer visitors start to arrive – what will you see?
Visit www.rodleynaturereserve.org to find out more.
The Chevin Forest Park Geology Trail
Chevin Forest Park, Otley
This trail will guide you round Chevin Forest Park, providing you with lots of information about different geological periods.
Trail (leaflet and audio (MP3) versions) are available here. Leaflets are also available free of charge from many outlets, including the Old Courthouse in Otley.
Roundhay Park – a walk back in time Geology Trail
Roundhay Park, Leeds
This trail guides you round the geological features of Roundhay Park. More information can be found here including details of a guided tours which run during the year.
The trail leaflet is available, price £1, at the Visitor Centre, The Lakeside Café and at the City Stationers, Oakwood.
Leeds City Centre Maths Trail
Leeds City Centre
A self-led Maths Trail around the Leeds Market and Corn Exchange. Explore numbers, shapes and statistics as you visit some of the landmarks of Leeds.
Trail available here.
Leeds City Walks – Geology of Buildings in Leeds
Leeds City Centre
This geological walk around the buildings of Leeds city centre offers a chance to look at the history of the Earth through the materials used to build the city over the last 800 years.
Trail available here.
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