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Seeing the world through a baby’s eyes

Bring your baby along to this exhibition with a difference. Explore art created specially to appeal to your baby, inspired by the latest scientific research into infant vision, and find out what babies can see and what they like to look at. The artwork will be on display throughout the British Science Festival. Researchers from the Sussex Baby Lab will be at the gallery on Thursday 7 September to discuss the artwork and demonstrate the techniques they use to investigate how babies perceive the world around them.

10:00 am
City Centre

Brighton Museum: science uncovered

Discover hidden and unexpected science in the Museum with behind–the-scenes secrets, pop-up talks, games and experiments. This is part of Brighton Museum's monthly free days.  Release the starlings 20th Century Gallery, ground floor, 10am-1pm Pick up a starling from the main gallery and try out new smart object technologies to see them come to life through projections that react to your movements. Embrace the darkness Willett Gallery, ground floor, 11am-4pm Make your own dark skies discovery badge, have a go at our space-themed feely box and discover the dark side of the South Downs National Park, a Dark Sky Reserve.  Firefly game World Stories Gallery, ground floor, 2-4pm Try your hand at our fast-paced round table game played with biologically-inspired flashing LED badges and a healthy dose of competition. Insect instruments Museum Lab, 11am-4pm Make your own musical instrument inspired by the sound of cicadas and get up close and personal with some special minibeast guests from the Booth Museum. Experiment station Art Room, 11am-4pm Make a kaleidoscope or a bath bomb or muck about with magnets at our fun hands-on experiment station. Please supervise little ones particularly carefully! The science behind skeletons Museum Lab, 11am-4pm Have a go at figuring out which bones in the human body go where using our life-size bone mat. Colour in Constable’s time 11.30am-12.30pm What did Constable paint with and where did he get his colours from? Curator Alexandra Loske takes a closer look at new pigments, artists’ materials and colour theory in the 18th and 19th centuries Join the conversation online:  #brightonmuseums #BSF17

10:30 am
10:30 am
City Centre

The secret life of the bicycle

Join cycling journalist and author Max Glaskin and engineer Derek Covill on this unique bicycle tour of Brighton. Discover how science, engineering and cyclists can work together to make the perfect machine on this easy bike ride with regular stops for demonstrations, experiments and discussion. Places are strictly limited so be sure to book in advance. Bring your own bicycle and wear appropriate clothing.

11:00 am
11:00 am
City Centre

While you were sleeping: the ethics of sleep monitoring

From wearable devices to monitors that fit into your pillow, an increasing number of us are using personal sleep trackers to understand and improve our sleep patterns. But who can access this data and should we take responsibility for eliminating sleepless nights? Join an interdisciplinary panel to discuss the ethics of capturing, manipulating and sharing sleep monitoring data.  This event is supported by Arm.

11:00 am
City Centre

Making storytime memorable

Why do children like to hear the same stories again and again? Are bedtime stories special? Is curling up with an eBook as comforting as a traditional paperback? Discuss these questions and more with scientists and story creators at this lively event packed with interactive demonstrations and practical tips.

11:00 am
City Centre

Celestial shopping centre 

Immerse yourself in the cosmos without venturing into the night with this unique opportunity to experience a planetarium in Churchill Square shopping centre.  No need to book, just turn up!

11:00 am
City Centre

The Wavelength Project

Can the gentle burbling of a brook, or the sound of the wind in the trees physically change our mind and bodily systems? Explore how natural versus artificial sounds and light affect the brain with multimedia artist Mark Ware and neuroscientist Hugo Critchley. Leave the hustle and bustle of urban living behind and stop, drop in and listen. Drop in activity, restarting every 30 minutes

11:00 am
City Centre

Finding your feet: children’s shoe science

Footwear has a key role in supporting a growing child's foot and regular measurements are important throughout development. Discover if your child's shoes are truly suitable and what can be improved in this interactive event with children's foot specialists at Clarks shoe shop. No booking necessary, just drop in!

11:00 am
City Centre

The Sci Street

Witness the transformation of New Road from High Street to Sci Street! Drop by to experience an array of stalls, activities and general scientific merriment.  Mobile Heritage Lab The Mobile Heritage Laboratory brings Heritage Science directly to you. Immerse yourself in the research behind the preservation of priceless artefacts and find out about the work that goes into looking after awe inspiring museum rarities.   Bug off! Mozzie Buzz All aboard the bus dedicated to the insect everybody loves to hate! Test how attractive you are to mosquitoes, speak to a travel health nurse about your next holiday, get up close with some creepy crawlies, learn about how mozzies find you and how to be #BugBodyReady. Giant drawing machines Made from familiar materials, contraptions that include fantastical spirographs and giant pantographs demonstrate the magic of maths and mechanics in an extraordinary way.   Brain games Put your brain to the test! Join Cardiff University’s neuroscience team and challenge yourself to get your head around an array of fun brain-themed activities.  Getting psychological  Brain-machine interfaces are not a thing of science fiction, they could soon be reality. Explore the current developments in the enigmatic field as well as that of criminal identification and get to grips with the cutting edge-equipment being combined with psychological models to study these exciting areas. Smelling into the future Can we interact with technology with our noses? Come and get hands on with immersive virtual reality and a state-of-the-art driving simulation, both enhanced through the sense of smell.  Antimatter matters The universe as we know it is made almost entirely of 'matter', so what is 'antimatter'? Take this opportunity to learn about the properties of the elusive antimatter, the experiments being performed to study it and how it appears in everyday life.  

11:00 am
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.

11:30 am
11:30 am
City Centre

Finding Earth’s fauna 

We have barely scratched the surface of understanding the diversity of animal life on Earth. There are many reasons for this, including our own biases and the deceiving appearances of certain creatures. Ross Piper addresses these issues and proposes why we are in a new golden age of discovery.

12:00 pm
12:00 pm
City Centre

Woofing it down: understanding appetite from man’s best friend

Just like in humans, obesity in dogs is a growing problem. Vet and genetics researcher Eleanor Raffan embarked on a quest to determine which genes were responsible for obesity in dogs, with the hope that this would inform understanding of our own appetites. Join her as she describes her striking discoveries. This event is supported by the Society for Endocrinology.

12:00 pm
City Centre

Redefining resilience

Being resilient isn’t about coping alone with a ‘stiff upper lip’. Rather being strong in the face of adversity involves accessing and using support. And sometimes it involves changing your socks not ‘pulling them up’. Whether you are facing change and uncertainty or striving for a better work-life balance, explore what it means to be resilient at this special resilience forum.

12:00 pm
City Centre

Jurassic Park: could it happen?

Jurassic Park brought dinosaurs to roaring, stomping life using the latest CGI technology, revolutionising the film industry and setting a new baseline for how we imagine dinosaurs to look and behave. Join us for a special screening of Jurassic Park interrupted by our panel of palaeontologists. Discuss the science behind the film and find out how things have changed since this iconic blockbuster first hit cinemas in 1993.

12:00 pm
City Centre

Scratch that!

What lies beneath? Hear about the scabies mite which has lived with us for centuries and still occurs in closed communities. Join us for an interactive journey with 1940s film footage of the mite, crafts, and stories. The Old Police Cells Museum will be running free tours at 14.00 and 16.00. Advance booking for is essential. To book your place, please contact Brighton Town Hall Reception on 01273 291052.

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

Waste House

Titled the 'living laboratory', the Brighton Waste House is Europe's first public building made almost entirely from disgarded materials. Take a tour of this flagship building and find out how so-called 'waste' may not be so useless after all.

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.

12:00 pm
City Centre

From body to being

Take part in a series of interactive virtual and augmented reality demos that alter your bodily experience to shift how you perceive reality and discover how your experience of the world is shaped by your body. Swap perspectives and watch yourself from afar. Find out what it might be like to inhabit another body and immerse yourself in a virtual world that can alter your sense of reality. Some activities will involve flashing lights.

12:00 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.

12:00 pm
City Centre

How good are you at beach volleyball?

Test your beach volleyball abilites using advanced motion tracking technology and challenge your friends to see who reigns the winner. Improve your techniques by getting to grips with the finer details on what makes a true beach volleyball champ. This activity can be found on the mezzanine.

12:30 pm
1:00 pm
1:00 pm
City Centre

The prospect of immortality

Cryonics - the process of freezing a human body after death in the hope that scientific advances might one day restore life. Fifty years after the concept’s birth, photographer Murray Ballard embarked on an extensive photographic investigation of the practice. Join Murray as he reveals the fascinating, obscure world and partake in a Q&A with him, ethicist, Arianne Shahvisi and neuroscientist, Alessandro Colasanti.

1:00 pm
City Centre

Rebuild Brighton: an infrastructure game

In a post-apocalyptic Brighton, following environmental disaster, critical infrastructure is destroyed. Using maps and clues left by the city planners a handful of survivors set out to find what is still standing and what can be rebuilt. Survivors desperately need energy, water and communications. But resources are scarce. Can all the survivors come to an agreement on what infrastructure is needed the most? Three groups will start at a different location and will focus on a specific type of infrastructure: energy, water and communications. Please book tickets for one group only: Tickets for energy group Tickets for water group Tickets for communications group Participants will be given a map, instructions and clues to follow 1 type of infrastructure and to learn about the infrastructure needs of the city in terms of that specific infrastructure. Clues will be based on historic and current infrastructure and can include physical infrastructure assets, as well as scientific facts.

1:00 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.

1:30 pm
1:30 pm
City Centre

Tardigrades: the toughest animals alive?

Which animal can be boiled, frozen, poisoned or exposed to radiation and still survive? Meet the tardigrade. Less than a millimetre long, tardigrades are the champions of survival, they can even endure the vacuum of outer space, but you are more likely to find them in your own backyard or on your roof. Hunt for tardigrades and observe the fascinating biology of these charismatic creatures in this hands-on microscope workshop. Three drop in workshops at 13.30, 14.10 and 14.50.

1:30 pm
City Centre

Wildlife drawing: owls

Wild Life Drawing is an art class with a difference, where real animals replace the usual human life models. We will sketch a variety of owl species from life whilst learning from an expert falconer about their anatomy, habitat and hunting techniques. Guided by workshop leader Jennie Webber, you'll go away not only with some great drawings but a profound understanding and appreciation for these beautiful birds of prey. All abilities welcome and materials provided. There will be two 90 minute workshops at 13.30 and 15.30. This page is for the 13.30 workshop. Wild Life Drawing was founded in 2014 by Jennie Webber, a London-based artist and animal lover. She works only with the finest animal sanctuaries, charities and small selection of trusted animal handlers to put on these events. All the animals that attend the sessions are happy around humans and comfortable in different environments and are always accompanied by expert handlers – their welfare is our highest priority.

1:30 pm
City Centre

Cardboard automata workshop

Make a mechanical toy that bursts into life at the turn of a handle from a junk box of curious and striking objects. Get creative and experiment with designs and decorations inspired by the flow of the movement and play with different characters and formations while learning about mechanical movement.

1:30 pm
City Centre

Biosphere IV

Think about your environmental futures in new, imaginative ways with theatre maker Tom Bailey. This sound-based workshop is inspired by the bizarre and ambitious 'Biosphere II' experiment, where eight people spent two years living inside an enclosed and controlled environment in the middle of the Arizona desert. Plug in, listen deep, rethink nature. Image: MattysFlicks

2:00 pm
2:00 pm
City Centre

The Solar System as a musical instrument 

Nearly 400 years ago, Kepler discovered the laws of planetary motion by exploring harmony in the Solar System, changing science forever and launching modern astronomy. Kelly Snook will guide you through Kepler's harmonies, allowing the audience to become immersed in space using augmented reality and innovative data gloves.

2:00 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.

2:30 pm
2:45 pm
City Centre

Biosphere IV

Think about your environmental futures in new, imaginative ways with theatre maker Tom Bailey. This sound-based workshop is inspired by the bizarre and ambitious 'Biosphere II' experiment, where eight people spent two years living inside an enclosed and controlled environment in the middle of the Arizona desert. Plug in, listen deep, rethink nature. Image: MattysFlicks

2:30 pm
City Centre

The secret life of the bicycle

Join cycling journalist and author Max Glaskin and engineer Derek Covill on this unique bicycle tour of Brighton. Discover how science, engineering and cyclists can work together to make the perfect machine on this easy bike ride with regular stops for demonstrations, experiments and discussion. Places are strictly limited so be sure to book in advance. Bring your own bicycle and wear appropriate clothing.

3:00 pm
3:00 pm
City Centre

Male fertility: do the maths

Hermes Gadelha applies mathematics to understanding what makes "good" sperm and envisions how this will impact, if not revolutionise, our understanding of fertility; from treatments, to contraceptives and even the development of 'robo-sperm'.

3:00 pm
City Centre

Orchestra hero

Have you always wanted to conduct or play in an orchestra? Now you don’t need to be a violin virtuoso, or even read music. Take part in a genuine symphony orchestra rehearsal and performance using Syncphonia, a new networked notation system that will keep musical novices in time. There are limited spaces to join the orchestra and you will need to be available from 3-5 pm. Click here to book these tickets. Anyone is welcome to drop in to discuss the project, observe the rehearsal or even try their hand at conducting using a motion-tracking smart baton.

3:00 pm
City Centre

Orchestra hero: performer

Have you always wanted to conduct or play in an orchestra? Now you don’t need to be a violin virtuoso, or even read music. Take part in a genuine symphony orchestra rehearsal and performance using Syncphonia, a new networked notation system that will keep musical novices in time. You are booking a space to join the orchestra and you will need to be available from 3-5 pm. Instruments will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you have one. These spaces are limited so if you can no longer attend please release your ticket. Anyone is welcome to drop in to discuss the project, observe the rehearsal or even try their hand at conducting.

3:00 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.

3:30 pm
3:30 pm
City Centre

The poetry of science

Biology meets balladry, physics encounters pentameter and chemistry confronts cadence, as science communicator and poet Sam Illingworth performs poems inspired by the beautiful and important scientific research done on a daily basis, all across the world. Join us for a diverse display of rhyme, rhythm and reason, which celebrates the creative similarities between science and the performing arts, including poetry written by well-known scientists.

3:30 pm
City Centre

Wildlife drawing: owls

Wild Life Drawing is an art class with a difference, where real animals replace the usual human life models. We will sketch a variety of owl species from life whilst learning from an expert falconer about their anatomy, habitat and hunting techniques. Guided by workshop leader Jennie Webber, you'll go away not only with some great drawings but a profound understanding and appreciation for these beautiful birds of prey. All abilities welcome and materials provided. There will be two 90 minute workshops at 13.30 and 15.30. This page is for the 15.30 workshop. Wild Life Drawing was founded in 2014 by Jennie Webber, a London-based artist and animal lover. She works only with the finest animal sanctuaries, charities and small selection of trusted animal handlers to put on these events. All the animals that attend the sessions are happy around humans and comfortable in different environments and are always accompanied by expert handlers – their welfare is our highest priority.

4:00 pm
4:00 pm
City Centre

What is consciousness?

Psychologists have long tried to understand consciousness. To this day, distinguishing how conscious you are, what you are conscious of and the specific experience of being you, is difficult. Anil Seth will explore the new research which is allowing a deeper understanding of these central aspects of our humanity.

4:00 pm
City Centre

Biosphere IV

Think about your environmental futures in new, imaginative ways with theatre maker Tom Bailey. This sound-based workshop is inspired by the bizarre and ambitious 'Biosphere II' experiment, where eight people spent two years living inside an enclosed and controlled environment in the middle of the Arizona desert. Plug in, listen deep, rethink nature. Image: MattysFlicks

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.

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University of Sussex

Atomos

The British Science Festival will close with a full-length screening of Atomos followed by a Q&A with multi award-winning choreographer and director Wayne McGregor. In Atomos, bodies, movement, film, sound and light are atomised into miniature shards of intense sensation. Taking creative points of departure from atomised film, music and biometric data, McGregor’s choreography is woven into an intense 70 minute film, performed by the incredible dancers of Company Wayne McGregor in his distinctive style - sculptural, rigorous, jarring and hauntingly beautiful. Known for his unique, tenacious questioning across the interface of art and science and through the body and mind, multi award-winning choreographer and director Wayne McGregor has remained at the forefront of contemporary arts for the past 25 years. Following a highly successful national and international tour of the original stage production, McGregor has extended and translated his acclaimed work Atomos into a unique film experience, directed by McGregor and long-time collaborator Ravi Deepres. Atomos features a soaring score by A Winged Victory For The Sullen, incredible lighting by Lucy Carter, original footage by Ravi Deepres, and costumes by wearable technology specialists Studio XO.

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