Celebrate the best of British science

Expand your horizons with four days of free events, talks and performances from across the scientific spectrum.

Join leading academics to discover, discuss and debate the latest ideas and innovations set to change our future.

Featured Events

9/11: 15 years on

With the anniversary of the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon looming, Lella Nouri-Bennett reflects on how the world has changed since 9/11 in terms of politics, security efforts and our understanding of terrorism in the UK. In particular, how has counter-terrorism advance…


Fri 9th Sep • 18:00 – 19:00

Lecture Theatre K • Faraday Building

Are you a super-recogniser?

Could you spot an unfamiliar face in the crowd? For some this is no problem at all as they have an innate ability – super facial recognition skills. Why do some people possess this and how do they scan faces so precisely? This skill is particularly important for the police; Scotland Yard has a Sup…

Breastfeeding uncovered

New mothers are bombarded with messages about how to look after their babies. While breastfeeding is universally encouraged, many have difficulty with it, leaving some mothers demoralised and unsure as to why a biologically normal behaviour is so challenging. Join Amy Brown as she r…


Fri 9th Sep • 13:00 – 14:00

Lecture Theatre L • Faraday Building

Can music change our immune system?

Research into the health benefits of music has rapidly expanded over the last decade, with studies as diverse as the playing of war songs to improve walking in Parkinson’s patients, to the use of pop music to increase speed and accuracy in operating theatres. But how much do we actually know about…

Copenhagen by Michael Frayn

Frayn’s award-winning drama focuses on one of the most important meetings in the history of nuclear physics. In September 1941, four years before Hiroshima, the head of German nuclear research Werner Heisenberg travelled to Copenhagen to meet fellow Nobel prize-winner Niels Bohr and his wife Margr…


Fri 9th Sep • 20:00 – 22:00

Taliesin Theatre • Taliesin Arts Centre

How do you lightning-proof a plane?

In this event, Rhys Phillips will discuss the processes which lead to a lightning strike and the different types of lightning. He’ll then go on to show what happens to aircraft when they are hit by lightning and how we protect against damage from this. Join him to talk planes, lig…


Thu 8th Sep • 17:00 – 18:00

Lecture Theatre L • Faraday Building

Presidential Address

This annual address is given by the incoming President of the British Science Association (BSA).  The BSA’s President for 2016/17 is Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell.

Her year-long term will begin with this address, and the role involves helping to promote the organisation’s vision, in which sc…


Thu 8th Sep • 16:00 – 17:00

Taliesin Theatre • Taliesin Arts Centre

OCD: living with a monster

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is often portrayed as the condition that plagues ‘neat freaks’, however the reality is far more complicated and in some cases terrifying. Join psychologist Uta Frith in conversation with journalist and OCD sufferer David Adam, to ex…


Wed 7th Sep • 20:00 – 21:00

Taliesin Theatre • Taliesin Arts Centre

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