Food security and sustainability in a changing world

Increasingly turbulent and unpredictable environmental conditions affect the ability for everyone to have healthy diets. Join Alan Dangour to explore the future of food in a changing world and the likely impacts on health in high and low income countries. This event will take place at Silo, an award winning zero-waste restaurant. If you wish … Continued

Does the UK need a body farm?

Body farms are outdoor laboratories where donated human cadavers are used for scientific experiments. Join Anna Williams, one of the country’s leading forensic anthropologists, as she explains how they help solve crimes and outlines the case for and against the need for one in the UK.

What is consciousness?

Psychologists have long tried to understand consciousness. To this day, distinguishing how conscious you are, what you are conscious of and the specific experience of being you, is difficult. Anil Seth will explore the new research which is allowing a deeper understanding of these central aspects of our humanity.

Get in tune with your inner engineer

How do you crowdsource an engineering project? Join Danielle George to find out how you can collaborate with astrophysicists to help us better understand the dawn of time. Be inspired, enthused and ready to go out and inspire the next generation of engineers. This event is supported by Ricardo.

Science, fiction and ‘geeks’ in interwar Britain

The science fiction genre is booming, but seldom considered is the role of sci-fi in the first half of the 20th century and its early fans. Charlotte Sleigh introduces her research on these sci-fi fans’ fictional worlds and how it influenced understanding of science and their dreams of participating in it.

AI: past, present and future

Can a computer be intelligent, creative, or even conscious? Cognitive scientist and author Margaret Boden will reflect on her several decades researching artificial intelligence, in conversation with science writer Jon Turney. Discover the wide-ranging applications of AI, and hear how a computational approach has shaped our understanding of what it means to be human. Professor … Continued

Cassini: 20 years to Saturn 

In September, the Cassini spacecraft will fall into Saturn, 20 years after its launch. Join Michele Dougherty, responsible for one of the key instruments on board, as she details the most exciting discoveries of the mission, from extra-terrestrial hurricanes to new moons which may be capable of supporting life.

How does caring for one another affect economic decisions?

People aren’t always as selfish as economists assume. This event will examine how our social preferences affects our decision making and explore the economic consequences. Join an expert panel to discuss how we can incorporate personal motivations into economic models and discuss the implications on the organisation of firms, the use of monetary incentives, and … Continued

The emergency mental health care crisis

How can we prevent vulnerable and suicidal people from being detained in police cells? Sociologist Gillian Bendelow researches the extraordinarily high rates of police detentions of distressed and mentally ill individuals in Sussex. Join her to find out how this collaborative local study with a focus on detainee narrative interviews has influenced policy at the … Continued

The million-dollar shuffle: symmetry and complexity 

Many complex problems become easier when they have symmetries: finding a route is easier in a city with a grid of streets than in one with a chaotic layout. Colva Roney-Dougal explores how mathematics can be used to crack symmetrical problems, and shows that sometimes symmetry itself is the issue.