Getting in the neural groove

Choreographer Ivar Hagendoorn remarked that “the limbs move, but it is the brain that dances”. In this interactive event, Emily Cross explores how the latest neuroscience research is revealing what’s going on inside our heads as we watch dancers that inspire us to get out of our seats and feel the groove.

A future divided?

Nobody is born with prejudices, but from an early age, children express preferences for members of their gender and nationality, hinting at the divisions that plague mature society. Harriet Over will discuss her research on the psychological origins of prejudice and reflect on how this work can help us design research-led interventions to reduce the … Continued

The unsung mighty molecules 

Supramolecules won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and have a diverse, but largely underappreciated, range of applications. Why should you care about them? Because, as Imogen Riddell demonstrates, these molecules that neutralize lingering odours in the home can also be used to deliver life-saving drugs or even produce zero-emission vehicles. 

Deadly clouds and volcanic flows

Pyroclastic density currents, the deadliest volcanic phenomenon, have caused over 90,000 deaths yet are extremely difficult to monitor. Rebecca Williams developed a novel technique to study the deposits left by these currents and demonstrates how we understand these fatal flows as well as other catastrophic natural events.

Saving the world with microscopic gravity sensors

A gravity sensor so accurate it is approaching the sensitivity required to detect the gravitational pull of a human being and fits in your pocket: a cheap, accessible alternative to the currently available commercial gravimeters. Join Richard Middlemiss, a key force in its development, as he explores how the invention could revolutionise our prediction of … Continued

From kings to keyholes: surgical innovation in organ transplantation

Surgery has advanced significantly over the last 100 years, especially in organ transplantation. Pankaj Chandak charts a journey of progressive innovation from the early times of Listerian surgery to the challenges facing modern day surgeons and scientists. He highlights the advances in minimally invasive surgery, 3D printing and machine perfusion technology in organ transplantation. Pankaj … Continued

Can you feel the music?

Sound is received and interpreted by our body as well as our ears. Can we bring more physicality into our musical experiences by exploring and manipulating ways in which the body interacts with and mediates sound? Enter unique listening environments with Joanne Armitage as she demonstrates her compositions through vibrating installations and bone-conducting headphones.