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

Where’s the dead sheep? Serious games in geology

Game-based learning has come to the fore in recent years for its potential to engage students by allowing them to be active participants in the learning process. Join Jacqueline Houghton to explore a virtual landscape and discover how digital environments can bring geological features to life and help to develop geological field skills.

Drugs, condoms and the theory of experimentation

How do we develop drugs that prevent HIV transmission? The answers are clinical, political, personal and statistical. Yet not everyone “does statistics”, meaning their voices are lost in debates about research and treatment. Robert Cuffe will help you spot bluff masquerading as statistical expertise in science, with focus on HIV prevention.

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.

The future of abdominal aneurysm treatment

Abdominal aneurysms are often symptom-less and can be life-threatening if not spotted early. Alexander Movchan and Luca Argani describe a distinctive new model used to combat abdominal aneurysms known as ‘EVAS’. Discover the future of EVAS and how it is impacting on treatment for the disorder.

Treating leukaemia: the cell therapy revolution

It couldn’t be a more exciting time for the field of cell therapy, where the truly remarkable potential of live cellular medicines is starting to be realised for the treatment of leukaemia. Farlan Veraitch focuses on how the fusion of different disciplines has underpinned the advancement of the field and how this is impacting treatments … Continued

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

Invisible mathematics

Invisibility cloaks have been created for light, sound and water. If we can make all these invisible, what else can we design cloaks for? It was once hoped that invisibility cloaks would allow us to protect buildings from earthquakes, but it was deemed impossible. Daniel Colquitt demonstrates how mathematics provides us with an elegant solution.

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.