Thanks to those who joined us for Leeds Festival of Science 2016!
The 2016 Public Programme was once again packed full of exciting events that enthused and inspired everyone, whatever their age and experience – see below or download the programme here.
You can also see our twitter updates, with pictures, using #LeedsFestivalofScience
Public events list
Explore the Power of Water
Saturday 5th March, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
A fun packed day of practical science activities that will show how we can use water as a source of power.
This event is free, but usual admission prices apply. No booking is necessary, for more details please contact us on 0113 378 2983 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bright Club Leeds
Thursday 10th March, 7:00pm
The Fenton, Woodhouse Lane
A concept that originated in a North London pub, Bright Club aimed to discover what would happen if comedians, musicians, writers and academics came together to create an evening of live entertainment. These people were not necessarily professional comedians, and had not even necessarily performed before – in fact, they were a collection of bright people with bright ideas, who spoke interestingly and engagingly about what they knew.
Bright Club Leeds presents some of the best and brightest researchers in Leeds, for your amusement and admiration. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube!
Suitable for adults only. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased on the door.
Engineering Colouring Book Launch
Saturday 12th March, all day
Trinity Shopping Centre
Join us in Trinity Kitchen to get your hands on a FREE copy of the brand new Engineering Colouring Book, and help us as we try to colour in what may be the WORLD’S LARGEST colouring page! Meet the artists and our engineers, and find out more about engineering – what it is, how it helps us to live our lives, and just some of the incredible things that have been made possible through this fascinating field!
This is a free drop in event, all welcome.
Discover Science Through Comics
Sunday 13th March, 11:00am – 7:00pm
White Cloth Gallery, Aire Street
Visit our exhibition to see a variety of comics and animations that break the barriers between science and art to communicate an array of topical scientific subjects.
Drop in to workshops with comic artists from Newcastle Science Comic to try your hand at drawing your own science comic.
Join our talk from the editor in chief Lydia Wysocki (5:30 – 6:30pm) to take a closer look at Newcastle Science Comic and their projects to see what comics can do that other mediums can’t.
This is a free event, suitable for all ages. Find out more information and register your interest here.
Get hands-on with keyhole surgery in Leeds – join our tour of the surgical training unit
Monday 14th March, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
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. You will also find out more about the Cancer Research UK Leeds Centre and its life-saving work.
This event is now fully booked.
The Innovation Story at M&S
Wednesday 16th March, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
M&S Company Archive, Michael Marks Building, University of Leeds
Join our Archivist for a look at the science and innovation behind some of our best-selling M&S products.
Admission is free. Book online here.
Matt Parker’s Adventures in the Fourth Dimension
Friday 18th March, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Conference Auditorium 2, University of Leeds
Back by popular demand – award winning maths comedian and Rubik’s Cube world record holder Matt Parker is on tour again, this time in 4D!
Fresh from his 2013 solo show “Number Ninja” and the sell-out 2014 and 2015 Festival of the Spoken Nerd UK tours, Matt Parker is once more forming a maths + comedy venn diagram with lively stand-up and mind-boggling maths. Now with more dimensions than ever before!
Entry to the show is strictly by ticket only. Book early as places are limited.
Suitable for ages 16+. Tickets are £6 and can be bought online here.
Saturday 19th March, 10:00am to 4:00pm
Parkinson Building, University of Leeds
Do you want to come along and have a fun day out at the University? Ever been curious as to what studies and research are taking place in Leeds? “Be Curious” is an exciting, free, interactive event, suitable for everyone with an interest in health, wellbeing and the human body. Come and see, play with and learn about our work! Suitable for all ages young and old, something for everyone. See more at: www.stem.leeds.ac.uk/becurious
Admission is free.
People are Messy
Saturday 19th March, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Clothworkers Music Hall, School of Music, University of Leeds
People Are Messy, by award-winning playwright Judith Johnson, has been devised and produced by Theatre of Debate with support from NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre and a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award.
Its primary aim is to engage young people aged 14+ in an informed debate about the practical, ethical and social issues around decision-making and health research. It is equally engaging for adults and young people alike.
The play, a comedy drama, examines the complexities of patient and public involvement through the eyes of two teenagers with very different ways of confronting a future made uncertain by a serious medical condition.
Democracy, autonomy, personal responsibility and loss are all explored in this engaging, entertaining and accessible production. The play is followed by a facilitated debate, allowing the audience to further explore these issues.
For more information, see the Theatre of Debate website.
Admission is free, but booking is required. Book online here.
Suitable for age 14+
Café Scientifique: Science Slam – Scientific Myths
Tuesday 22nd March, 8:00pm
Seven Arts, Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton
Did you know:
• If you were hit by a small coin dropped from the top of the Empire State Building, it would NOT kill you.
• There is NO dark side of the moon (though some of the moon’s surface is never visible to us on earth).
Over the decades and centuries, science has corrected many misunderstandings. Similarly, poor communication by scientists has led to new scientific myths which masquerade as good science.
In this festival special guest speakers will each give a short talk about a scientific myth.
Find out more about Café Sci here
Admission is free.
The Mathematics of Animal Locomotion (W P Milne Lecture for sixth formers)
Wednesday 23rd March, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds
This event is in collaboration with the Yorkshire Branch of the Mathematical Association.
In recent years mathematics has found itself at the forefront of our understanding of biological processes. Multimillion pound research has used mathematics to study the spread and control of infectious disease, gene sequences and also the topic we will explore in the talk: animal locomotion. We shall see how simple mathematical ideas lead to a greater understanding of animal locomotion and how it influences current research.
Presented by Martyn Parker.
Admission is free.
To book please e-mail the festival of science team (email@example.com).
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.
Discover the Maths around you
Royal Armouries, Leeds
A self-led Maths Trail around the Royal Armouries museum aimed at KS3 students. Information and resources are available here. No booking required.
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.
An event to look out for just after Easter.
Saturday 2nd April, 11am – 4pm
Leeds City Museum
Organized by the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society this fair brings together lots of interesting science-related organizations from across Leeds. Why not pop in to find out all about the wonderful things that go on on your doorstep?
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