Ever been curious as to what studies and research are taking place in Leeds? The Be Curious Festival was an exciting, free, interactive event, suitable for everyone with an interest in health, wellbeing and the human body. Held at the University of Leeds, Parkinson Court building on Saturday 19th March 2016, 10am-4pm, members of the public could come and see, play with and learn about our work!
This event is ran during the Leeds Festival of Science public events programme
Colouring competition results
Thanks to everyone who had a go at colouring in our ‘Be Curious’-themed sheets! The winners are displayed below – congratulations Shakila, aged 8, and Daisy, aged 6!
At the University, Parkinson Court will be filled with a range of stalls allowing everyone to ‘have a go’ at activities such as knitting a 3D sculpture, finding out more about joint replacements, looking at the effects of energy generation on the human body and having your face 3D scanned. There will also be an inflatable planetarium where you can lay down and see films about how your body works, throughout the day.
As part of Knitville – the hands on knitting of 3D sculptures – tours to visit the Mitzi Cunliffe sculpture on campus will leave at 12:00pm and 3:30pm.
The family room, for younger children, will invite them to look at how an MRI scanner works, and taking samples of the inside of their cheek and looking at them down a microscope as well as having a go at re-designing neighbourhoods so that walking and cycling become easier ways of transport.
Throughout the day there will be sessions aimed at the grown-up audience too, which include some short talks presented by researchers at the University on topics such as combating back pain, dealing with blood pressure issues and personalised medicine.
There will be 5 guided around the University leaving every half hour from the Parkinson Building. These will cover:
Health and Wellbeing through time
Visit the scientific and medical museum displays and food tasting of medieval recipes.
Virtual Health and Wellbeing
Visiting demonstrations of the use of robots in care homes and understanding how maths can be used to understand the immune system
Engineering in Health and Wellbeing
Activities will include looking at surgical technologies, use of robots in rehab and meet Frank the cycling skeleton.
Mind, Brains and Bodies
Hands on interactive activities for all ages looking at how we work as humans, from our brains, teeth, to the control of our bodies.
Senses in Health and Wellbeing
A smelly pop-up café to see if you can identify smells and what they remind you of and also see come and feel the effect music has on your health and wellbeing
Theatre show - 'People Are Messy'
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Clothworkers Music Hall, School of Music, University of Leeds
Suitable for age 14+
People Are Messy, by award-winning playwright Judith Johnson, is a comedy drama examining 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.
It aims to engage 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.
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.
For more information, see the Theatre of Debate website.
Admission is free, but booking is required. Book online here.
‘Be Curious’, Saturday 19th March, 10am – 4pm
Please note the ‘People Are Messy’ theatre show is 18:30-20:30
University of Leeds
The event is free, all day.
The ‘People are Messy’ theatre show in the evening is also free but requires advance booking.
Everyone is welcome, and there is something for everyone too.
Free parking is available for the day on campus in our new multi-storey car park. You will be given a code at the event, to enter into the parking meters before leaving.
Publicity to take away
If you have any questions, you can contact the Be Curious organisers through firstname.lastname@example.org, or 0113 3431149
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