Fantastic beasts and why we see them

From the Beast of Bodmin to Big Foot, there are frequent sightings of the wild and the weird. In this event Rhys Jones will explore a series of intriguing natural mysteries from New England to the Ashdown Forest. Could big cats be roaming the British countryside or is it our minds playing tricks on us? … Continued

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.

The wild furry urbanites

Urban mammals are common, but their daily lives largely go unnoticed. Dawn Scott will share her research findings on urban mammals as well as some unexpected stories about what they (and their researchers) get up to in the city at night.

The Solar System as a musical instrument 

Nearly 400 years ago, Kepler discovered the laws of planetary motion by exploring harmony in the Solar System, changing science forever and launching modern astronomy. Kelly Snook will guide you through Kepler’s harmonies, allowing the audience to become immersed in space using augmented reality and innovative data gloves.

Why did I donate my genome to the public?

Colin Smith is the first person to donate his complete genome sequence under ‘open consent’ in the UK – waiving any rights to anonymity. Join the discussion with Colin to understand the reasons for his decision, and why this approach will ultimately benefit the public if more people follow suit. 

The prospect of immortality

Cryonics – the process of freezing a human body after death in the hope that scientific advances might one day restore life. Fifty years after the concept’s birth, photographer Murray Ballard embarked on an extensive photographic investigation of the practice. Join Murray as he reveals the fascinating, obscure world and partake in a Q&A with … Continued

Radicals (cancelled)

We’re sorry to say that the event ‘Radicals’ has been cancelled. Please see below for other events at a similar time on Friday 8th September: Brighton Pier takeover, 17:00-22:00 Doctor Jiggs Bowson’s Charming Science Friends, 20:15-21:00 and 21:15-22:00 Reimagining aliens, 20:00-21:00