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University of Sussex

Discover quantum: an immersive laboratory experience

Step into the fascinating world of quantum computing and experience the sights and sounds of the Ion Quantum Technology research lab at the University of Sussex. A group of researchers, led by Professor Winfried Hensinger, are working to build the world’s first large-scale quantum computer. From discovering new life-saving medicines to unravelling the unknown mysteries of the deepest recesses of space, this research has the potential to transform all of our lives. Come to our pop-up lab, meet the researchers and find out more about the spooky physics behind quantum computing.

11:30 am
11:30 am
University of Sussex

A fragrant future 

Our sense of smell is deeply connected with structures in our brain relating to our instincts, emotions and memories. Emanuela Maggioni details how new devices and systems are allowing us to interact with technology and each each other using scent. Discover the potential applications of this emerging technology from smell-o-vision to immersive multisensory experiences. This event is supported by Arm.

11:30 am
University of Sussex

Pregnancy: has the conversation moved on?

Explore the wonderful world of British pregnancy magazines from the 1950s-1990s. Magazines were a major source of information for parents about pregnancy, birth and beyond. Tania McIntosh delves into what they said, how they said it, and what it meant for parents.

12:00 pm
12:00 pm
University of Brighton

Secrets from within the human body

Join Claire Smith, Andrew Dilley and Catherine Hennessy as they hold a live exploration of the human body using ultrasound scanning, non-human dissection and a range of anatomical resources. This rare and fascinating opportunity allows you to gain a deeper understanding of the anatomy and associated diseases of some of our most important structures.

12:00 pm
University of Brighton

Save the day

Interdisciplinary artist Charlie Hooker will be recording the British Science Festival in a unique way. Each day, as the sun tracks across the sky, its arc will be traced using a giant sunshine recorder, creating a unique artwork. This installation will be in place Tuesday to Friday during the Festival, producing one picture each day. If you would like to enter a competition to collaborate with the artist to create your own Festival Heliograph please enter the competition below. Save the day competition – closes midnight Thursday 10 August 2017 Remember your visit to the Festival with a unique picture marking the time and place on the day of your Festival visit, recorded using a giant sunshine recorder. Four lucky people will be selected to produce a unique collaborative artwork. To enter, you will need to select a pair of photographs, diagrams, texts, equations or objects that you feel represent two disciplines within the arts and sciences. These two items should be accompanied by a brief outline of why you feel they are significant and how you think they might be set out in the final design. Good quality jpegs, pdfs or Word docs can be emailed to c.hooker@brighton.ac.uk Previous collaborations have involved things like: a photograph of a significant place or person; sheet music; poems; hand-written equations; flowers or leaves; diagrams of stars and constellations; iconic phrases and objects. The choice is yours! The final artwork will be set out by Charlie Hooker to comprise blue and white sun-shadow cyanotype images, converted from the material you send in, overlaid by a scorched gilded sun arc, recorded at the Festival site. The material you send in should be no larger than A4. This is a collaborative Art/Science project. You can begin the design of your artwork on your own or work with others. There will be four winners, one unique artwork made each day. If you have a preference for a particular day, please mention it in your entry. The completed artwork is delivered to you within four weeks or, if you would like a day out in the country, you can visit Charlie Hooker in his studio and pick up your picture yourselves.

12:00 pm
City Centre

Casting out the self

A new commission from cross disciplinary artist Dominic Hawgood, this site-specific installation and animation digitally reconstructs a major solo show of the artist that was recently cancelled. Enter an alternate virtual space that is a simulation of the original gallery. It functions as a hallucination of kinds, expanding the original exhibition and using imaging technologies to reimagine, reinvent and reinterpret place. The installation will be open 12-5 pm daily throughout the British Science Festival. This artwork was co-commissioned in partnership with Brighton Digital Festival and will be on display until 13 October 2017. There will be a launch event at 6 pm on Tuesday 5 September, please use this link to book free tickets to confirm your place. Dominic commissioned Lanark Artefax for the sound design, Gregory White for interaction.

12:00 pm
City Centre

Digital encounters

Augmented presence, telematic touch and virtual reality experiences are implanted into secluded booths in Horatio’s Bar, taking you on an otherworldly journey to the digital dimension. Presented akin to Edwardian scientific experiments, they are comparable to how the technologies of film, illusion and clairvoyance first appeared in amusement arcades and attractions on seaside piers.  Please note, Horatio's opening times may vary. This event is supported by Arm.

12:30 pm
12:30 pm
University of Sussex

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.

12:30 pm
University of Sussex

Why do we like the foods we like? 

The behaviour of eating is fundamental to health as it determines the amount of energy and types of nutrients that are brought into the body. In this session chaired by Martin Yeomans, Jeff Brunstrom and Lucy Chambers explore how our eating behaviours are learnt from life experiences that start as early as in the womb and continue throughout life.

1:00 pm
1:00 pm
University of Brighton

Rewilding the Weald: wolves in Wivelsfield?

How wild can we go? Come along to find out what rewilding is, and whether it’s right for Sussex. Hear local experts' opinions and have your say as part of a dynamic conversation with live illustrated commentary of the debate by local artists and designers.

1:30 pm
1:30 pm
University of Sussex

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.

2:00 pm
2:00 pm
University of Brighton

The new golden age of the steam engine

Most car engines still operate on the 100-year-old principles of liquid cooling. But this method has reached the limits needed for the next generation of engines for hybrid electric vehicles. Julian Dunne examines the use of steam for engine cooling which offers improved efficiency, reduced CO2 emissions, and improved fuel economy.

2:00 pm
University of Brighton

Citizen Aid as the new development?

At sites of poverty across the world, ordinary citizens take matters into their own hands to support others in need, channelling private funds towards individual causes. As 'private aid' around the world is growing, Anne-Meike Fechter discusses whether this spells the end of official 'development' as we know it.

2:30 pm
2:30 pm
University of Sussex

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.

2:30 pm
University of Sussex

From kings to keyholes: surgical innovation in organ transplantation

Surgery has advanced significantly over the last 100 years, especially in organ transplantation. Pankaj Chandak charts a journey of progressive innovation from the early times of Listerian surgery to the challenges facing modern day surgeons and scientists. He highlights the advances in minimally invasive surgery, 3D printing and machine perfusion technology in organ transplantation. Pankaj Chandak is the winner of the British Science Association's Charles Darwin Award Lecture for agricultural, biological & medical sciences. This event is supported by Arm.

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3:30 pm
University of Sussex

Crowd psychology – don’t panic!

The 2002 Brighton Beach Fat Boy Slim party attracted up to 250,000 people and chaos unfolded, causing the event to go down in crowd safety management folklore. Join social behaviour experts to explore the psychology of crowds and learn why it is most of all important to not panic.

3:30 pm
University of Sussex

Why all scientists should read Gulliver’s Travels

2017 marks 350 years since the birth of the author Jonathan Swift, whose works often contemplated the ‘scientific revolution’ which occurred during his lifetime. Greg Lynall demonstrates how Swift's satirical fantasy, Gulliver's Travels can help us to understand science and its role in modern society. This event is supported by Novartis.

4:00 pm
4:00 pm
University of Brighton

The Mathematikado

The Mathematikado, produced and performed by female students in 1886, parodied Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado to argue that women could master college-level maths. Find out how female students of math and science responded to social critique of their participation in traditionally male fields of study. Speakers: Dr Andrew Fiss and Dr Laura Kasson-Fiss (Michigan Technological University) Chair: Dr Amy C. Chambers (Newcastle University) Musical accompaniment: AmyBeth Beel and Brett Wellcome

4:00 pm
University of Brighton

What’s next for the car?

Change is afoot in the automobile industry driven by technological innovation and increasing pressure to improve safety and reduce the environmental impact of vehicles. From driverless cars to clean engines, imagine the car of the future at this interdisciplinary panel discussion. This event is supported by Ricardo.

4:00 pm
City Centre

Psycho: shaping mental health narratives?

The 1960s were a period of intense struggles over knowledge about the human mind, with psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychoanalysts in deep conflict. It was also a period in which cinema became preoccupied with psychological ideas and the Hitchcock classic Psycho was part of this generation. Join us for a special screening of the film and panel discussion with media historian Tim Snelson, neuroscientist Sarah Garfinkel and broadcaster Adam Rutherford to debate the issues.

4:00 pm
City Centre

Is Brexit an opportunity for sustainable food production in the UK?

What does Brexit mean for agriculture in the UK, and what are its potential impacts on food security and the environment? Join leading figures from politics and academia to discuss how the Brexit process could contribute to conservation, human health and well-being in these times of political and economic uncertainty. Panellists: Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University London Minette Batters, deputy president of the NFU Kerry McCarthy, MP for Bristol East Chaired by Sue Hartley Professor of Ecology and Director of the Environmental Sustainability Institute, University of York

4:00 pm
City Centre

Waterborne

Waterborne, by UK artist duo French & Mottershead, is an audio work using lyrical narrative to describe the afterlife of the human body in water. Listen as you look out over the water and imagine your body below the surface, as it decays and dislocates on an epic journey from an urban canal, via a tidal river, into the sea. Combining forensics, art and ecology, Waterborne is the story of micro-inhabitations, algae and the flow of matter, and reminds us we are bodies of water. Please meet at the entrance to Brighton Palace Pier before finding a place to listen on the seafront. This is an outdoor work, so please wear appropriate clothing and sensible shoes. This work contains content some visitors may find disturbing. There are multiple listenings on Friday 8 September and Saturday 9 September. Check the website for an alternative time.

4:30 pm
4:30 pm
University of Sussex

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.

5:00 pm
5:00 pm
City Centre

Why did I donate my genome to the public?

Colin Smith is the first person to donate his complete genome sequence under ‘open consent’ in the UK – waiving any rights to anonymity. Join the discussion with Colin to understand the reasons for his decision, and why this approach will ultimately benefit the public if more people follow suit. 

4:00 pm
City Centre

Brighton Pier takeover

Experience science on the seafront as researchers, artists and entertainers amaze thrill-seekers at the iconic seaside attraction. From pop-up experiments and games to interactive installations and cabaret acts, there will be something for everyone at our pier extravaganza. Access to Brighton Palace Pier is always free, but to celebrate the British Science Festival coming to the Pier, wristbands for unlimited rides will be £7! Get them on the night. Madam Natalie's booth Can Madame Natalie predict what kind of sexual experiences you’ve been having? See if her questionnaire gives the right answer, but don’t give away your secret!  How scary do you find fairground rides? How does being scared affect memory? Find out how riding fear inducing fairground attractions affects your ability to detect attention to detail.  What goes up must come down  We stay grounded thanks to gravity. Using state of the art gravity sensing technology, experience and get to grips with the phenomenon in new ways while riding the infamous, drop-in-your-stomach inducing Brighton Pier Crazy Mouse roller coaster.  Stargazers  Explore the wonders of the night sky with Brighton Astro and their array of telescopes. Whether you are captivated by constellations or curious about the cosmos come along to observe the beauty of the night sky in striking detail. Please note, this event is weather dependent. Blast that plaque! Atherosclerosis is the root cause of many strokes and heart attacks. Discover the new lab techniques used to detect the fatty build-ups and try your hand at destroying them in the ‘AtheroBlaster’ arcade game! Stall Catchers: an Alzheimer's game Contribute to and help speed up real Alzheimer’s research by catching ‘stalls’, clusters of white blood cells that block blood flow in the brain, in this interactive game. Antimatter matters The universe as we know it is made almost entirely of matter, so what is antimatter? Learn about the properties of the elusive antimatter, the experiments being performed to study it and how it appears in everyday life. Journey of Discovery Trail Why not take the Journey of Discovery Trail with BBC Focus Magazine? It'll take you from the dark heart of a black hole to a tube of toothpaste revealing a host of fascinating science along the way. Just find the boards, grab a quiz sheet and off you go! 

5:00 pm
City Centre

Born to sum

Folk mathematician and 2016 FameLab winner, Kyle Evans and his trusty guitar take you on a comedic musical tour through some unexpected parallels between maths and pop culture.  Book a ticket to guarantee a seat, but you are also able to drop in on the night!

5:00 pm
City Centre

Waterborne

Waterborne, by UK artist duo French & Mottershead, is an audio work using lyrical narrative to describe the afterlife of the human body in water. Listen as you look out over the water and imagine your body below the surface, as it decays and dislocates on an epic journey from an urban canal, via a tidal river, into the sea. Combining forensics, art and ecology, Waterborne is the story of micro-inhabitations, algae and the flow of matter, and reminds us we are bodies of water. Please meet at the entrance to Brighton Palace Pier before finding a place to listen on the seafront. This is an outdoor work, so please wear appropriate clothing and sensible shoes. This work contains content some visitors may find disturbing. There are multiple listenings on Friday 8 September and Saturday 9 September. Check the website for an alternative time.

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City Centre

The Life Scientific with Jim Al-Khalili

Jim Al-Khalili talks to solar researcher, Professor Lucie Green about what motivates and inspires her for BBC Radio 4’s, The Life Scientific. Discover what it’s like operating instruments on board space missions to the centre of our solar system and why, from time to time, the sun emits huge solar belches.

6:00 pm
City Centre

Waterborne

Waterborne, by UK artist duo French & Mottershead, is an audio work using lyrical narrative to describe the afterlife of the human body in water. Listen as you look out over the water and imagine your body below the surface, as it decays and dislocates on an epic journey from an urban canal, via a tidal river, into the sea. Combining forensics, art and ecology, Waterborne is the story of micro-inhabitations, algae and the flow of matter, and reminds us we are bodies of water. Please meet at the entrance to Brighton Palace Pier before finding a place to listen on the seafront. This is an outdoor work, so please wear appropriate clothing and sensible shoes. This work contains content some visitors may find disturbing. There are multiple listenings on Friday 8 September and Saturday 9 September. Check the website for an alternative time.

6:30 pm
6:30 pm
City Centre

Weighing almost nothing

A humorous exploration of one one artist's hapless attempts to fathom the link between weightlessness and romance. The audience are invited to participate in a variety of home-brew live gravity experiments in a show including live music, comedy and even some actual science. Book a ticket to guarantee a seat, but you are also able to drop in on the night!

7:00 pm
7:00 pm
City Centre

The 4th education revolution

Within a decade, AI will have transformed school and university life and given the biggest boost to social mobility our society has ever seen. Join Sir Anthony Seldon as he discusses the next revolution to hit the classroom.

7:00 pm
City Centre

Waterborne

Waterborne, by UK artist duo French & Mottershead, is an audio work using lyrical narrative to describe the afterlife of the human body in water. Listen as you look out over the water and imagine your body below the surface, as it decays and dislocates on an epic journey from an urban canal, via a tidal river, into the sea. Combining forensics, art and ecology, Waterborne is the story of micro-inhabitations, algae and the flow of matter, and reminds us we are bodies of water. Please meet at the entrance to Brighton Palace Pier before finding a place to listen on the seafront. This is an outdoor work, so please wear appropriate clothing and sensible shoes. This work contains content some visitors may find disturbing. There are multiple listenings on Friday 8 September and Saturday 9 September. Check the website for an alternative time.

7:30 pm
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8:00 pm
City Centre

Reimagining aliens

We have long been fascinated with aliens and the idea of life beyond our planet. How have these lifeforms been represented in science fiction, either on screen or in video games, and do they have any basis in scientific reality? Join broadcaster and film buff Adam Rutherford and game designers Emma Smith and Alistair Hope to discuss how the arts have influenced our notion of alien life. This event is supported by Creative Assembly.

8:15 pm
City Centre

Doctor Jiggs Bowson’s Charming Science Friends

Dr Jiggs Bowson is the most glamorous scientist in Britain [citation needed]. She resides somewhere between the worlds of scientific research, vintage glamour and end-of-the-pier naughtiness, a.k.a Brighton. She warmly invites you to enjoy one of her extravagant shows of science talent, bringing together a unique cabaret of comedy, drag & rudeness. Expect giggles, flirting, facts & amazing hair. Book a ticket to guarantee a seat, but you are also able to drop in on the night! There will be two consecutive parts to this show, if you would like to book tickets to both please find the other show here.

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9:00 pm
City Centre

Radicals (cancelled)

We're sorry to say that the event 'Radicals' has been cancelled. Please see below for other events at a similar time on Friday 8th September: Brighton Pier takeover, 17:00-22:00 Doctor Jiggs Bowson’s Charming Science Friends, 20:15-21:00 and 21:15-22:00 Reimagining aliens, 20:00-21:00

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