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Unlocking the secrets of the canine mind
In this delightfully doggy event, discover the experimental techniques scientists use to gain insights into canine cognition and find out how man’s best friend really thinks. Warning: This event will include cute dogs. Speakers: David George, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Hull Anna Wilkinson, Reader in the School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln Paul Skarratt, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Hull Blake Morton, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Hull Please note that this is a standing event.
Museum of the Moon
Measuring seven metres in diameter, the Museum of the Moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the Moon’s surface. Experience this awe-inspiring installation in the beautiful setting of the Hull Minster. Timings Tuesday 11 September - Thursday 13 September 11.00-17:00 Please note there are ticketed events in the evening Friday 14 September 11.00-17.00 Co-commissioned by a number of creative organisations brought together by Luke Jerram and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. These include: At-Bristol, Kimmel Center, Lakes Alive, Provincial Domain Dommelhof, Brighton Festival, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Without Walls, Les Tombées de la Nuit, Rennes and Cork Midsummer Festival. The artwork has also been created in partnership with the UK Space Agency, University of Bristol and The Association for Science and Discovery Centres.
Distortions in Spacetime: Tuesday
Experience what it’s like to step inside a black hole with a brand-new immersive artwork from audiovisual pioneers Marshmallow Laser Feast. The new work Distortions in Space time, the first chapter in a new body of work titled The Scale of Things, will turn participants into particle clouds on a giant screen and give them the sense of being squashed, stretched and spaghettified as they are affected by gravitational waves. As audience members explore and interact with the environment they will be rewarded with opportunities to see particle jets whipped up, view gravitational lensing, pass through the photon sphere and as they move towards the singularity, things start to get weird… This event will take place from 11.00-19.20, but you must book your 10 minute entry slot below. Please note that you will need to arrive 5 minutes before the start time of your booked slot, to ensure that you are ready to enter the exhibition. The experience will begin at the exact start time of your booked slot, therefore you will not be permitted entry if you are late. Please note that this exhibition contains flashing lights and may cause disorientation. This event is also taking place on Wednesday (12), Thursday (13) and Friday (14).
Following the flight of the monarchs
Experience the phenomenon of the monarch butterfly and its 3,000 mile migration in Rob MacKay's magnificent audio-visual installation. Become immersed in the real-time forest soundscape of its roosting grounds while butterfly expert Lincoln Brower narrates your journey. Drop-in event timings: Tuesday 11 - Friday 14 September, 11:00 - 19:00
Beth Healey spent a year in the Antarctic wilderness, using the knowledge she gained of its remote conditions to study the effects of space on astronauts’ health. This work is now helping solve the world's biggest medical problems, but how and why are we looking to solve such issues on earth? Speaker: Beth Healey, British doctor who spent a year in Antarctica working for the European Space Agency.
Automation for the nation
Robots, computers and ‘electronic brains’ have been central to hopes and fears about the future for 70 years, from dreams of a fully-automated society to nightmares of mass unemployment, and even remorseless robot overlords. James Sumner probes how these ideas spread among public audiences, how scientists have tried to harness and change them, and how they influence real-life technology policy. Speaker: James Sumner, Lecturer in the History of Technology, University of Manchester
What sounds does a tree make? Find out for yourself with Alex Metcalf's Tree Listening Project which uses highly sensitive microphones to make audible the inner workings of trees, live. As seen on BBC One's "Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees". Location: Horse Chestnut tree opposite the main entrance of the Brynmor Jones Library Dates: 11-14 September Timings: 12.00-17.00
Engineering, for life
Using advanced engineering principles, Catherine Dobson designs and creates live-improving medical tools that are changing patient care. From preventing heart attacks to literally giving people their voice back, find out how this scientist is using engineering to save lives. Speaker: Catherine Dobson, Head of Mechanical Engineering, University of Hull
A Wold of mysteries: Yorkshire’s underground secrets
Cutting-edge sensing techniques are shedding new light on Yorkshire’s ancient past. Peter Halkon and James Lyall delve into the Yorkshire Wold’s history, revealing unexpected archaeological discoveries, such as evidence of ritual activity and millennia-old burial grounds. Speakers: Peter Halkon, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Hull James Lyall, Principal Surveyor, Geophiz.biz
The weight of expectation
Socioeconomic inequality and obesity are intricately linked. A war has been declared on the ‘obesity epidemic’ and society often places blame on the individual for their condition. But what does this mean for the most vulnerable? Sociologist Oli Williams examines weight-based stigma, showing its unhelpfulness and exploring how this understanding can change public health for the better. Winner of the 2018 Margaret Mead Award Lecture for social sciences
Fear of childbirth
Pregnancy and childbirth are an exceptionally vulnerable time for a woman’s mental health. Anxieties are normal, but sometimes extreme pathological fear can take hold and affect daily functioning. This panel discusses research on tokophobia – the fear of childbirth - and supporting women post-partum. Speakers: Catriona Jones, Registered Midwife, a Lecturer in Midwifery, and a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Hull Julie Jomeen, Professor of Midwifery, University of Hull Claire Marshall, Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Nurse
Do plants get jet-lag?
Your internal clock influences most of your bodily functions, but it also means you’re susceptible to jet-lag. Katherine Hubbard explores why this phenomenon happens, the similarities between human and plant clocks, and how we can use this knowledge to increase food production on Earth and beyond.
Trauma and resilience in the Hull blitz
During World War II, Hull was the second most blitzed city in Britain. How much of this could its people withstand? In 1940, the city became a unique government case study for resilience and survival beneath the bombs. David Atkinson describes the secret science used to pinpoint when Hull’s population would collapse.
The deceptive brain
The main purpose of the brain is to enable action. This simple idea is so fundamental that it shapes our conscious experience without us being aware. Steve Tipper demonstrates how these processes influence our behaviour and fool us into seeing far less than we realise. Speaker: Steve Tipper, Professor of Psychology, University of York
Imaging a bright future for cancer care
Medical imaging has enabled a new arsenal for detecting and treating life-threatening diseases. Novel 3D visualisation technology, developed by Hull researchers, is improving the care of patients undergoing radiation treatment for cancer. Join the experts to find out how this will impact how we care for those with such diseases. Speakers: Andy Beavis Craig Moore Jenny Marsden Victoria Sykes Laura Russell Steve Archibald
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 against time. Winner of the 2018 Charles Lyell Award Lecture for environmental sciences
To reproduce or survive: lessons from ancient females
There is wide variation between women’s susceptibility to stop menstruating due to illness, stress, weight loss, or exercise. Speaking with a patient who has amenorrhea, the absence of a menstrual period in someone of reproductive age, Richard Quinton explores whether a genetic mutation from our Neolithic ancestors carried by people in the present day holds the key to this variation. Speaker: Richard Quinton, Consultant Endocrinologist, Newcastle Hospitals
A dark and invisible world
One hundred years ago Richard Feynman - a pioneering researcher of sub-atomic particles - was born. Jon Butterworth looks at what's been achieved in our understanding of this invisible world and ponders: what mysteries remain? What can particle physics reveal about the Universe? Speaker: Jon Butterworth, Professor of Physics, UCL
Are your proteins naked?
Proteins are born without clothing. But when socialising with other proteins they - like most of us - put clothes on. Pedro Beltran-Alvarez and John Greenman will discuss what these ‘clothes’ are and how they can be useful when you're ill, exploring research on detecting diseases and the techniques that are saving lives. Speakers: Pedro Beltran-Alvarez, Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, University of Hull John Greenman, Professor of Tumour Immunology, University of Hull
Inspiring women into science
Aged 11, Anne-Marie Imafidon was the youngest girl ever to pass A-level computing. Since then she has helped inspire the next generation of women into STEM roles and co-founded the Stemettes. Anne-Marie will explain why she believes science is for everyone and share her experiences. There will be a drinks reception following this event.
Bringing the past into the present
Virtual Reality (VR) is helping archaeologists like David Robinson journey into unexplored historical sites, such as the spectacular and fragile Native Californian Cache Cave. Here, he shows that VR is more than just a whimsical plaything - it's allowing indigenous Californian groups to reconnect with their past. Speaker: David Robinson, Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Central Lancashire
Is it ‘game over’ for dementia?
Contribute to the largest dementia study in history with Jason Hayhurst, who will show you how virtual reality and augmented reality games can be used to improve the quality of life for those suffering with dementia. How will we approach the future design challenges of these live-saving games? Speaker: Jason Hayhurst, Lecturer in Digital Media, University of Hull
Trinity after dark
Come and celebrate the first evening of the Festival as we take over Trinity Market, Hull Minster and the surrounding pubs. From mixed reality developers to celebrated creatives, you will get the chance to meet a diverse crowd of scientists in a night of music, beer and board games. Did we mention there will be a giant moon? Events Start on a high note (booking required) Fu*k up nights (booking required) Howl at the moon (booking required) Nail transphobia Nucleosynthesis and Lego™ The fermentation station The mixed reality academy To tourniquet or not to tourniquet? Practising wartime first aid in the 20th century Are you a super recogniser? MathsJam
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 Lemn Sissay in-conversation, to discuss whether poetry can affect the practice of science and whether science can be a big inspiration for poets. Speakers: Jocelyn Bell Burnell is an astrophysicist, best known for her discovery of pulsars — rotating neutron stars that appear to ‘pulse’ since the beam of light they emit can only be seen when it faces the Earth. Lemn Sissay is author of a series of collections of poetry. His sculpture poem Gilt of Cain was unveiled by Bishop Desmond Tutu. He has written plays for stage and BBC radio.
Fu*k up nights
Eureka! The universal sound of a successful science experiment. But how often to scientists actually get to say that? Is a more common phrase, "Fu*k!"? Join scientists on this celebration of failure – what happens in science when things go horribly wrong? Organised by: British Science Association Hull branch
Howl at the moon
In partnership with Freedom Festival, come and experience the Museum of the Moon - a 7m wide installation featuring detailed NASA imagery of our closest cosmic neighbour. Especially curated for this one night, come listen or even sing along to an evening of song from the University of Hull Chapel Choir. Co-commissioned by a number of creative organisations brought together by Luke Jerram and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. These include: At-Bristol, Kimmel Center, Lakes Alive, Provincial Domain Dommelhof, Brighton Festival, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Without Walls, Les Tombées de la Nuit, Rennes and Cork Midsummer Festival. The artwork has also been created in partnership with the UK Space Agency, University of Bristol and The Association for Science and Discovery Centres.