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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: Friday
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.
When life takes your breath away
If you could barely breathe, how would it affect your life? Millions in the UK suffer with daily breathlessness. Explore Ann Hutchinson's concept of ‘Breathing space’ - a cutting-edge framework developed to improve the everyday lives for those with the symptom.
In search of Vikings
Using cutting edge science, Cat Jarman has rewritten a pivotal period in British history: the Vikings. In this talk, she will reveal how she investigated the likely burial ground of the Great Viking Army and will explore what this means for our understanding of our ancient past.
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
In the UK, diesel fuel pollution levels are dangerously high, but research also suggests that there are hidden emissions we aren't yet detecting. Jacqueline Hamilton delves into the problems of the 'missing emissions' and seeks to understand what this means for our health and the planet.
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 life-changing applications statistics have had in epilepsy research. Winner of the 2018 Rosalind Franklin Award Lecture for physical sciences and mathematics
NHS and the British Red Cross: 70 years of volunteering
In 1948, the NHS took control of key medical services that had been established by the British Red Cross in the First World War and interwar years. From equipment and welfare advice to skin camouflage, Rosemary Wall highlights the British Red Cross’ contributions to the NHS and how it continues to act as an essential reserve.
On thin ice: the polar plastic problem
Antarctica is often seen as an untouched frozen wilderness, but beneath the ice lies a different story. With concerns over plastic pollution at an all-time high, Cath Waller delves into the scale of the problem at the south pole and crucially, what can be done about it.
Britain’s first superfast train
Do you want to travel at near supersonic speeds in a vacuum tube? This could soon become a reality as a revolutionary train network, the Hyperloop, is already in development. These trains could reach speeds of over 700 mph. Join SpaceX pod competition finalists and Virgin Hyperloop One winners, HYPEd, as they tell the story of the UK's first prototype and the potential it holds for UK-wide transportation.
Finding truth: is science enough?
Science helps us stay informed and make decisions about things like climate change and vaccinations. But in a ‘post-truth’ era of 'alternative facts', is scientific ‘fact’ facing its limitations? Join a panel of experts to discuss whether evidence alone is enough, or if emotions and worldviews have a more significant role in our ability to decipher what we see as the truth. Chair Andy Extance Speakers Erinma Ochu Jack Stilgoe Jane Gregory
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 keep, an individual trapped living with an eating disorder.
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 Daphne Oram Award Lecture for Digital Innovation
Changing the face of science engagement
What have we learned about public engagement with science? John Durant looks back over his three decades as a leader in this field, beginning with surveying the public's understanding of science in the 1980's. Drawing on multiple examples and a growing body of empirical data, he will identify key lessons from the changing face of science engagement, and make some timely conclusions for the turbulent situation today in Europe and North America .
Many violent incidents in the UK involve alcohol. Can people provide accurate testimonies about what they observed while under the influence? Heather Flowe reviews the research to date and discusses whether you can reliably recollect crimes if you’ve had a few too many.
A song of ice and fire
Go on a journey with Ashley King, from the birth of the solar system to the present day. Using samples from primitive asteroids once formed in the cold, outer regions of early stars, he unravels a complex and fascinating picture of the group of stars and planets we call home.
The rise and fall of the dinosaurs
Sharing personal stories and new discoveries, palaeontologist Stephen Brusatte takes you on perhaps the most exciting tale in earth’s history - one that lasted over 100 million years: the rise and fall of the dinosaurs. This event will be BSL-interpreted.
What would you leave behind?
How would you react in a city-wide disaster? Warmer and drier weather conditions mean there are an increasing number of wildfires and their proximity to cities result in thousands of communities being entrapped once they break out. Check your own reactions to an extreme event while Sandra Vaiciulyte sheds light on how to improve safety in such emergencies.
Mind the gender gap
Recent revelations about the disparity between women and men’s pay packages were shocking. With this in mind, Barbara Petrongolo and others explore the idea of 'femininity', and whether or not gender quotas are the best way to empower women in the workplace and improve equality. Other speakers: Ghazala Azmat Manuel Bagues
A Unifying Theory of Gay
For decades science has been asking questions like "what makes gay people gay?”. Now scientist, lesbian, and comedian Cerys Bradley wants to ask a question back: scientists, why are you so obsessed with us? AUToG presents a history of research on the LGBTQ+ community and debunks the myths science created. This event is taking place as part of The Ferens science takeover.
The Ferens science takeover
Join us for a glimpse at where science and art collide at a special after dark at The Ferens Art Gallery. Grab a drink at the bar, speak to researchers, comedians and musicians about how science intersects with culture… and then have a play in our special robot petting zoo. Events: The human beatbox (booking required) Bounceback to the future (booking required) A Unifying Theory of Gay (booking required) Why the world needs a Vagina Museum (booking required) Vagina Museum pop-up Mirror trap Robot Petting Zoo Pleasure, play and penises
Digging the dirt on the world’s oldest fossils
What are the earliest fossils? How did Earth transition from a microbial world to the one we're familiar with today? Unfortunately, our fossil record is biased towards organisms with hard shells and skeletons, which evolved 3 billion years after life on Earth began, so it's hard to answer these questions. But what about the fossils from the first few billion years of life? Here, Ross Anderson discusses how we can find evidence for this ancient life.
At the edge of the Humber
People living and working in and around the Humber have navigated its dynamic environment for thousands of years. In this talk, Briony McDonagh explores interdisciplinary approaches to the landscape, revealing how men and women of the past shaped, managed and understood the world around them.
In his final research paper before being signed off ill from work, Paul Gato wrote, “reality is at its thinnest when trapped between mirrors’. Gato had lost his mind but perhaps found something else. Dare you take part in his final experiment? This is taking place as part of The Ferens science takeover. This installation was developed by Simon Watt.
Bounceback to the future
Join The Warren’s spoken word collective Bounceback, as they turn their attention to science and respond to the theme of science fiction and the future. Come and hear about their visions of how science and technology have and could change our lives and whether it’s for better or worse. This event is taking place as part of The Ferens science takeover.
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 conversation with neuroscientist Uta Frith to find out how. This event is supported by the British Academy.
Why the world needs a Vagina Museum
There is a penis museum, but no vagina equivalent. There's only one way to change that: build one. Join Florence Schechter, the founder of the Vagina Museum, as she talks about why we need one, her experience researching vaginas and vulvas and the wonderful and strange reactions she's received since the project began. After, why not visit the Vagina Museum pop-up? This event is taking place as part of The Ferens science takeover.
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 takeover.