When eating becomes a disorder

Anorexia and bulimia have always been in and out of the headlines; but weight is not always the measure of an eating disorder and there is little discussion in the media of the reality – that it is a hidden mental health problem. Join psychologist Sophie Rae as she shares what can contribute to, and … Continued

Male suicide: a silent crisis

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 in the UK and the crisis is detailed in the BBC’s new Horizon documentary. Join the presenter Xand van Tulleken, in conversation with Horizon Editor Steve Crabtree, to explore the themes in the programme and how we can begin raising awareness to tackle this silent epidemic.

Hellblade: tackling psychosis stereotypes

Making a video game about a female warrior living with psychosis is risky. The creators of BAFTA award-winning game Hellblade tried to do just that, and worked with scientists and those living with psychosis to explore new and positive ways of representing the mental condition. Join creative director Tameem Antoniades and psychiatrist Paul Fletcher in … Continued

Poetry and science: the space in between

Scientists are often too busy grappling with big questions and complex answers to take a step back and reflect. Many look to the arts as a way of articulating and expressing their ideas and inspirations and for trailblazing astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell, poetry in particular can be a powerful tool. Join her and critically-acclaimed poet … Continued

The AI Revolution: hopes, fears and opportunities

Artificial Intelligence (AI) can often sound more like science fiction than reality, and yet most of us use it daily without even thinking about it, whether it’s virtual assistants such as Siri or Alexa or the powerful algorithms used by Facebook or Google. The transformative opportunities that will be brought about by AI are staggering … Continued

The human beatbox

Join 4 x UK beatboxing champion Grace Savage and neuroscientist Carolyn McGettigan as they discuss how beatboxers are able to manipulate their voices to produce unique sounds and tones. The event will also include a live performance by Grace to showcase beatboxing in action. This event is taking place as part of The Ferens science … Continued

Resilient reefs

Rising sea temperatures are having a huge impact on coral reefs. But some corals are fairing better than others, giving a glimmer of hope for their future. Could a better understanding of their resilience mechanisms provide the answers to their salvation? Heidi Burdett thinks so, and has taken on the challenge… but it’s a race … Continued

Hunting for a Huntington’s treatment

From striving to improve the quality of life for patients with Huntington’s disease using brain-training, to advocating for public and patient involvement in research for the disease, Emma Yhnell continually pushes the boundaries in her field. Join her to celebrate the recent successes and consider the challenges of searching for Huntington’s treatments. Winner of the … Continued

Can astronomy save Earth’s species?

By combining astronomy and drone technology to detect animals in real-time during the day or night, Claire Burke is spearheading the field of ‘astroecology’. In light of recent declines in biodiversity, she details how infrared imaging can improve understanding of the current situation and looks to how it could prevent extinctions. Winner of the 2018 … Continued

In the driving seat: what’s the risk with epilepsy?

A ‘one-size fits all’ approach is often given to those living with epilepsy, but armed with statistics, Laura Bonnett sought to change this. By investigating the risk of epileptic seizures based on a person’s characteristics, she influenced the DVLA to reduce their epilepsy driving restrictions. Here, she explores ‘risk’ and shares her experience of the … Continued