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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
Distortions in Spacetime: Thursday
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.
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.
Modern slavery in the UK
Have you ever considered how your strawberries get from the farm to the fridge? Modern slavery is rife and often in plain sight. From car washes to nail salons, how do we identify and break the chain of labour exploitation? Meet Cristina Talens who is working with businesses to spot modern slavery in their supply chains, both in the UK and overseas.
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
Why plants haven’t conquered the land
Plants have done a pretty good job at colonising the planet - or have they? Jeremy Pritchard discusses the setbacks they’ve faced and how humankind is modifying them to be more tolerant to such issues as drought and pests.
You’re a liar!
When recalling the past, we often create false memories. Based on philosophical principles and the latest research, Giuliana Mazzoni explores why we lie to ourselves and how this impacts our everyday life.
Shedding light on baby brain injury
Old technology is shedding new light on baby brain injury, promising to make the world a safer place for newborn babies and their families. Brain injury is a leading cause of mortality in newborns, but detection and monitoring is no easy feat. However, Gemma Bale’s pioneering work is changing this. Join her as she demonstrates how she's pushing the boundaries of cutting-edge medical research, giving hope to affected families. Find out more about Gemma's work with infrared technology here. Winner of the 2018 Isambard Kingdom Brunel Award Lecture for engineering, technology and industry
Rising from the floors of caves in Northern Libya, stalagmites are time capsules that encase ancient rain water. Mike Rogerson tells how these age-old formations inform understanding of both future climate change and our ancestors’ migration out of Africa.
Can scrap metal save the planet?
We know that carbon dioxide is a major cause of climate change, but what’s being done about it? Join Alison Parkin's as she reveals the novel techniques she's using to combat this environmental crisis. Hear how scrap metal, sea water and solar-generated electricity can be used to turn carbon dioxide into the mineral dawsonite, a natural component of the Earth’s crust.
Beyond surround sound
Sounds come from all around us. 3D spatial audio technology has the potential to create a personalised listening experience, aiding mental well-being, assisting the hearing or visually impaired, or simply for immersive entertainment. Find out how you can orchestrate an enhanced listening experience from the comfort of your own home. Speakers: Philip Jackson Hanne Stenzel Jon Francombe
The Huxley Debate: what do we do about ocean plastics?
Over the last 12 months, the UK has seen a dramatic shift in public opinion and interest over our consumption of plastics. Plastic was seen as a wonder material in the 1950s but we are now waking up to its problems. The UK is reliant on cheap, throwaway plastic packaging, and the durability of the material means it can last in our environment for decades. What are the challenges and next steps for us to tackle this problem and change behaviours? Chaired by Lord David Willetts Speakers: Andy Clarke (former Chief Executive, Asda) Katy Duke (Chief Executive, The Deep) Daniel Parsons (Director, Energy and Environment Institute) Annemarie Nederhoed (Head of Operations, Plastic Soup Foundation)
Art, ethics and new technologies
Each scientific breakthrough brings to light new ethical dilemmas. In conversation with Lucy McCabe, Anna Dumitriu shows how artists engage with ethical implications of modern technologies, from gene editing to robotics and AI, and why their involvement in the conversation is insightful for both science and society.
Exploding stars and colliding black holes
In 2017, seventy observatories simultaneously pointed their telescopes towards the same object to witness a ground-breaking event: the first visualisation of the source of gravitational waves. Stephen Smartt details how recent technological advancements allow us to catch neutron star and black hole collisions in the act.
The importance of being mobile
They say sitting is the new smoking. We all like to rest, but can too much sitting in our older years impair our quality of life? Join Sandra Agyapong-Badu as she shares her latest research on the impact of inactivity on the mind, mood and muscles, and importantly, what we can all do about it.
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 and there is no doubt they will soon play a vital role in all walks of life, from healthcare, to the motor industry and financial services. But despite its potential, many people are becoming increasingly nervous about what they see as unchecked progress. For example, there are valid concerns about the wide implementation of AI leading to an increase in inequality. Jim Al-Khalili, incoming President of the British Science Association, will argue that the wider debate about the implications of AI must catch up with its technological progress and that we need to put transparency and ethics at the heart of AI development. After all, it is not AI itself that should worry us, but rather the humans who control it. AI is going to transform our lives in the coming decades; let’s make sure we’re ready for it. This event will be BSL-interpreted.
The robot will see you now
As technology in healthcare develops, is there a risk of losing the ‘human-touch’? Hear from leading scientists and clinicians about the opportunities and threats of future technology in healthcare and laboratory medicine. Speakers: Kate Gould, Consultant Microbiologist, Newcastle Laboratories Darren Treanor, Consultant Pathologist, Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology Carolina Wählby, Professor of Quantitative Microscopy, Uppsala Universitet Jonny Hancox, Deep Learning Solution Architect, NVIDIA Jeroen Van der Laak, Associate Professor in Computational Pathology at the Department of Pathology of the Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Arctic climate change: a people’s story
In Arctic Norway, the Sami communities are reindeer herders who are close to nature and dependent on the land. However, their lives are already being affected by climate change, which has taken hold in northern latitudes the fastest. In this captivating talk, their compelling stories about our changing climate are told. Speakers Holly Unwin Adrian White Oliver Rice Eloise Chambers
Strange sounds from space
The film Alien may have told you: “In space no one can hear you scream”, but it was wrong - space is full of sound. Become immersed in a cosmic-inspired compilation from The Short Film Festival's SSFX: the anthology film. Hear about the project from those involved and how independent filmmakers were challenged to create short films incorporating space sounds recorded by satellites. Watch the trailer. Chair Martin Archer Speakers Ali Jennings Aaron Howell More TBA Please note: This film is rated 15.
Come and experience yoga like you’ve never seen it before. With muscles highlighted in UV paint, yoga teacher Hayley Hill and the clinical anatomy specialist Kat Sanders will explore the complexity of human musculature in this highly visual take on a typical yoga class. When the lights go off what will you see under the skin? Please note: this is a yoga class so please wear appropriate clothing.
A night at the Ropewalk
Across the Humber, in the beautifully restored Ropewalk, why not let off some steam and blow some glass? Unwind and relax as we lead you through an evening of yoga with a clinical anatomist and a life drawing class with a social psychologist. During the night you’ll also get the chance to hear from the award-winning charity and art organisation ‘Invisible Dust’ about the impact they are having on the climate change revolution. Events: UV yoga (booking required) Sketching people, shaping minds (booking required) Women and the climate change revolution (booking required) Discover glassblowing (booking required)
Biofortification - breeding crops to improve their nutritional value - has been hailed as the answer to alleviating nutritional deficiencies affecting over two billion people worldwide. Martin Broadley discusses the impacts of this on developing countries and how an integrated approach, including improved soil management, may help to alleviate this nutritional crisis.
Let the right AI in
Delve into one of the biggest topics in society today: is the machine better? This talk will explore the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the home and how it can process our language. How will AI change over time as our language evolves? Speakers: David Benoit Nina Dethlefs
Women and the climate change revolution
How can the arts and science collaborate to widen public interest in climate change? Follow the journey of Layla Hendow and Natalie Lee, two young curators who will explore how women - as artists and scientists - can make an impact on the climate change revolution.
Upon its release in 1973, The Exorcist provoked an outcry about the psychological influence of film. Meanwhile, medical journals reported and sought to scientifically explain numerous cases of 'possession' triggered by the film. Join us for a special screening and panel discussion exploring this cult masterpiece, its psychological influence and the 'pleasure' of fear. Speakers Lucy Brett Tim Snelson
Try your hand at blowing glass in this interactive talk led by the scientific glassblower and artist, Julia Malle. You will discover the history and intricacies of the ancient craft that dates back to 16th Century.