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Solar car

Ardingly College Solar Team show case their latest solar car which is capable of crossing Australia (3000km) under solar power alone. 

Wed 6 Sep • 12:00 – 17:00

University of Brighton • Falmer Campus
University of Brighton

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.

Sat 9 Sep • 12:00 – 16:00

Cafe Bar • Brighton Dome
City Centre

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…

Fri 8 Sep • 11:00 – 15:30

Outside main entrance • Attenborough Centre
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…

Thu 7 Sep • 11:00 – 15:30

Outside main entrance • Attenborough Centre
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…

Wed 6 Sep • 11:00 – 15:30

Outside main entrance • Attenborough Centre
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…

Tue 5 Sep • 11:00 – 15:30

Outside main entrance • Attenborough Centre
University of Sussex

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…

Sat 9 Sep • 12:00 – 18:00

Horatio's Bar • Brighton Palace Pier
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…

Fri 8 Sep • 12:00 – 18:00

Horatio's Bar • Brighton Palace Pier
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…

Thu 7 Sep • 12:00 – 18:00

Horatio's Bar • Brighton Palace Pier
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…

Wed 6 Sep • 12:00 – 18:00

Horatio's Bar • Brighton Palace Pier
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…

Tue 5 Sep • 12:00 – 18:00

Horatio's Bar • Brighton Palace Pier
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 otherwordly journey to the digital dimension. Presented akin to Edwardian scientific experiments, they are comparable to how the technologies of film, illusion …

Fri 8 Sep • 17:00 – 22:00

Horatio's Bar • Brighton Palace Pier
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.

Sat 9 Sep • 12:00 – 16:00

Wastehouse
City Centre

Food security and sustainability in a changing world

Increasingly turbulent and unpredictable environmental conditions affect the ability for everyone to have healthy diets. Join Alan Dangour to explore the future of food in a changing world and the likely impacts on health in high and low income countries.

This event will take pla…

Thu 7 Sep • 17:00 – 18:00

Silo Brighton
City Centre

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 Sc…

Sat 9 Sep • 10:00 – 17:00

Children's area • Jubilee Library
City Centre

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.

Researchers from the Sussex Baby Lab will be at the gall…

Thu 7 Sep • 10:00 – 19:00

Children's area • Jubilee Library
City Centre

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 Sc…

Wed 6 Sep • 10:00 – 17:00

Children's area • Jubilee Library
City Centre

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 Sc…

Tue 5 Sep • 10:00 – 19:00

Children's area • Jubilee Library
City Centre

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 Fri…

Fri 8 Sep • 12:00 – 17:00

University of Brighton • Falmer Campus
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 Fri…

Thu 7 Sep • 12:00 – 17:00

University of Brighton • Falmer Campus
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 Fri…

Wed 6 Sep • 12:00 – 17:00

University of Brighton • Falmer Campus
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 Fri…

Tue 5 Sep • 12:00 – 17:00

University of Brighton • Falmer Campus
University of Brighton

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. Adva…

Sat 9 Sep • 12:00 – 17:00

Old Police Cells • Brighton Town Hall
City Centre

Smogmobile

Meet the Smogmobile, a sophisticated mobile air quality laboratory in an all-electric van. Using state-of-the-art, next generation monitoring equipment, the Smogmobile is capable of measuring key pollutants and greenhouse gases with extreme accuracy, both at static locations and on the move. It is a…

Thu 7 Sep • 12:00 – 17:00

University of Brighton • Falmer Campus
University of Brighton

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…

Sat 9 Sep • 18:00 – 20:00

Auditorium • Attenborough Centre
University of Sussex

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 inha…

Sat 9 Sep • 12:00 – 16:00

Cafe Bar • Brighton Dome
City Centre

Are you having fun yet?

What is fun? How is it distinct from happiness or pleasure? How do we know when we are having it? Ben Fincham provides an entertaining account of this often taken-for-granted phenomenon.

Thu 7 Sep • 18:00 – 19:00

One Church Brighton
City Centre

Brighton sewer tour

Explore the labyrinth of tunnels beneath Brighton and learn the secrets of the Victorian sewer system. Discover what has changed over 150 years of dealing with waste water and hear how Southern Water plan to bring cleaner seas to Sussex.

You will need to wear approproate clothing for this activit…

Wed 6 Sep • 18:30 – 19:30

Sewers
City Centre

Algorave

Discover a new kind of live electronic music. Algorave is an international movement where dance music is made from algorithms created live by (human) musicians. Join some of the leading lights of the scene and become immersed in the rave as live projections allow you to see how music is built up fro…

Thu 7 Sep • 19:00 – 22:30

Club • Patterns
City Centre

Are pesticides killing bees?

Bee populations are in decline. Neonicotinoid pesticides have been implicated in harming the health of these important pollinators, causing international debate about their usage. Could neonicotinoids wipe out bees, or is the pesticide vital for food security? Discover the latest research on this ho…

Tue 5 Sep • 12:00 – 13:00

C218 • Checkland
University of Brighton

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!

Fri 8 Sep • 17:00 – 17:45

Horatio's Bar • Brighton Palace Pier
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 tog…

Fri 8 Sep • 20:15 – 21:00

Horatio's Bar • Brighton Palace Pier
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 g…

Fri 8 Sep • 18:30 – 19:30

Horatio's Bar • Brighton Palace Pier
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…

Sat 9 Sep • 16:00 – 16:45

Brighton Unitarian Church
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…

Sat 9 Sep • 14:45 – 15:30

Brighton Unitarian Church
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…

Sat 9 Sep • 13:30 – 14:15

Brighton Unitarian Church
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 demonstration…

Sat 9 Sep • 14:30 – 16:30

Brighton City Centre • exact location to be announced
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 demonstration…

Sat 9 Sep • 10:30 – 12:30

Brighton City Centre • exact location to be announced
City Centre

Late Night Woman’s Hour with Lauren Laverne

Lauren Laverne and a panel of guests including Sue Black, Sarah Kember and Rhianna Pratchett discuss the challenges and opportunities for women in science and technology. Come along, ask a question and share your experiences. The ev…

Thu 7 Sep • 20:00 – 21:00

Sallis Benney • Grand Parade
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 fr…

Sat 9 Sep • 16:00 – 16:45

Brighton Palace Pier
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 fr…

Sat 9 Sep • 15:00 – 15:45

Brighton Palace Pier
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 fr…

Sat 9 Sep • 14:00 – 14:45

Brighton Palace Pier
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 fr…

Sat 9 Sep • 13:00 – 13:45

Brighton Palace Pier
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 fr…

Sat 9 Sep • 12:00 – 12:45

Brighton Palace Pier
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 fr…

Sat 9 Sep • 11:00 – 11:45

Brighton Palace Pier
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 fr…

Fri 8 Sep • 19:00 – 19:45

Brighton Palace Pier
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 fr…

Fri 8 Sep • 18:00 – 18:45

Brighton Palace Pier
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 fr…

Fri 8 Sep • 17:00 – 17:45

Brighton Palace Pier
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 fr…

Fri 8 Sep • 16:00 – 16:45

Brighton Palace Pier
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, fro…

Fri 8 Sep • 18:00 – 19:00

Sallis Benney • Grand Parade
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 …

Sat 9 Sep • 11:30 – 12:30

Brighton Unitarian Church
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

Sat 9 Sep • 10:00 – 17:00

Brighton Museum
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 bookin…

Sat 9 Sep • 15:00 – 17:00

One Church Brighton
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 ec…

Fri 8 Sep • 16:00 – 17:00

Sallis Benney • Grand Parade
City Centre

Synthetic diamonds: a bright future

Discover a different side to diamond with Mike Ashfold as he reveals the amazing properties of this unique material. Find out how thin sheets of diamond can be created in the lab and hear how advances in this process are opening up new opportunities in materials science, electronics…

Wed 6 Sep • 15:30 – 16:30

Gardner Tower • Attenborough Centre
University of Sussex

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 s…

Fri 8 Sep • 16:00 – 17:00

Westlain 100 • Westlain
University of Brighton

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 necessa…

Sat 9 Sep • 11:00 – 15:00

Churchill Square Shopping Centre
City Centre

North Laine Brewhouse: getting buzzed

Forget beer goggles, put on your bee googles and discover what it's like to be a bee tracking your way back to the hive in this unique, interactive gaming experience. While you're at it, get involved with a special bee themed Nanobrew and have a go at brewing an indulgent chocolate honeycomb porter …

Wed 6 Sep • 18:00 – 23:00

North Laine Brewhouse
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!

Sat 9 Sep • 11:00 – 16:30

Churchill Square Shopping Centre
City Centre

Dynamite and domesticity: chemistry cultures in the 19th century

Explore how 19th century chemistry entered everyday life and culture in unexpected ways. Examine the untold history of nitrate mining in Chile’s Atacama Desert with Louise Purbrick and discover how its legacy is entwined with European markets and landscapes. Closer to …

Wed 6 Sep • 16:00 – 17:00

C218 • Checkland
University of Brighton

Do drinking guidelines make sense?

Advice on our alcohol consumption can be confusing and hard to follow. Keeping track of how much we drink can help us to spot when we are overdoing it, but what exactly is a unit and how many can you consume each week? Improve your understanding of current guidelines with Richard de Visser

Thu 7 Sep • 15:00 – 16:00

Westlain 100 • Westlain
University of Brighton

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…

Sat 9 Sep • 15:30 – 17:00

Founders Room • Brighton Dome
City Centre

Trust me, I’m an artist: displaying resistance

Explore the ethical issues that arise when art meets science and examine the consequences of artistic projects that nudge up against the newly possible. Can and should artist Anna Dumitriu exhibit fragments of DNA that cause antibiotic resistance in infectious diseases? What are the…

Tue 5 Sep • 18:00 – 19:00

Fabrica Gallery
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 res…

Sat 9 Sep • 11:00 – 16:30

New Road
City Centre

British Airways i360: pod flight with chief engineer

Get a new perspective on Brighton from the world's tallest moving observation tower. Join British Airways i360 chief engineer and director John Roberts for a guided tour of the construction exhibition, a short talk and a hosted flight on the futuristic glass viewing pod.

British …

Wed 6 Sep • 9:30 – 10:30

British Airways i360
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…

Sat 9 Sep • 11:00 – 13:00

One Church Brighton
City Centre

Much ado about nothing

Our bodies are constantly revealing our thoughts and behaviour through the smallest micromovements, even when we are supposedly ‘doing nothing’. Physiologist and non-verbal communications expert Harry Witchel will show how motion capture can reveal our emotions as well as our ac…

Thu 7 Sep • 21:00 – 22:00

Theatre • Old Courtroom
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 p…

Sat 9 Sep • 12:00 – 14:30

Duke's at Komedia
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…

Sat 9 Sep • 13:30 – 15:00

Founders Room • Brighton Dome
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 dis…

Sat 9 Sep • 15:30 – 16:30

Main floor • Jubilee Library
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 movemen…

Sat 9 Sep • 13:30 – 15:00

Main floor • Jubilee Library
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 ro…

Sat 9 Sep • 13:30 – 15:30

Main floor • Jubilee Library
City Centre

Out Thinkers

Out Thinkers serves to showcase the talent of LGBT+ researchers, providing a platform where people can talk about their scientific work while truly being themselves. This Out Thinkers event will feature a range of phenomenal speakers talking about their research and experiences as LGBT+ individuals …

Thu 7 Sep • 20:00 – 22:00

The Marlborough
City Centre

Rebuild Brighton: communications group

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. B…

Sat 9 Sep • 13:00 – 15:00

Outside New England House
City Centre

Rebuild Brighton: water group

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. B…

Sat 9 Sep • 13:00 – 15:00

Brighton Palace Pier
City Centre

Drawing on science – workshop

Create your own cosmos inspired comic in this space themed workshop with comic artists, Sally Kindberg and Daniel Locke and astrophysicist, Kathy Romer.

Beforehand, from 16.00 there will be a panel discussion on the role of science in graphic no…

Wed 6 Sep • 17:30 – 18:30

ONCA gallery
City Centre

Rebuild Brighton: energy group

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. B…

Sat 9 Sep • 13:00 – 15:00


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. B…

Sat 9 Sep • 13:00 – 15:00

Brighton City Centre • exact location to be announced
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 practi…

Sat 9 Sep • 11:00 – 12:00

Children's area • Jubilee Library
City Centre

Join The Conversation

Take part in a live science newsroom with The Conversation, an independent news and commentary website produced by academics and journalists. Contribute ideas for Festival coverage and help to decide which stories should feature on Friday’s site as you experience the editorial process first hand. …

Thu 7 Sep • 17:00 – 18:00

Main floor • Jubilee Library
City Centre

Visions of the Large Hadron Collider

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s most powerful particle smasher, recreating conditions similar to those that existed in our universe shortly after the Big Bang. Join physicist Antonella De Santo, artist duo Semiconductor and humanities researcher

Tue 5 Sep • 20:00 – 21:00

Fabrica Gallery
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 functi…

Sat 9 Sep • 12:00 – 17:00

First floor gallery • Edward Street University of Brighton
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 functi…

Fri 8 Sep • 12:00 – 17:00

First floor gallery • Edward Street University of Brighton
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 functi…

Thu 7 Sep • 12:00 – 17:00

First floor gallery • Edward Street University of Brighton
City Centre

The eulogy of Toby Peach

Join Toby Peach as he enters the (not so) exclusive Cancer Club; sample chemotherapy cocktails, select the perfect funeral playlist and marvel at Willy Wonka’s life-saving stem cell machine. From diagnosis to remission, relapse and treatment, experience a young man's journey with …

Wed 6 Sep • 21:00 – 22:00

St Andrew's Church
City Centre

What can the past tell us about energy consumption today?

Rebecca Wright asks what lessons can be learnt from the Mass Observation Archive, a huge database that records everyday life in Britain. Explore whether knowledge of previous energy practices could provide novel solutions for managing energy consumption in the future.

Wed 6 Sep • 10:00 – 11:00

The Keep
University of Brighton

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 functi…

Wed 6 Sep • 12:00 – 17:00

First floor gallery • Edward Street University of Brighton
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…

Fri 8 Sep • 16:00 – 22:00

Brighton Palace Pier
City Centre

Drawing on science

Broadcast journalist, Alex Fitch will be discussing the presentation of science in comics and graphic novels with comic creators, Daniel Locke, Sally Kindberg and Alex Frith, and ecologist, Chris Sandom.

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Wed 6 Sep • 16:00 – 17:00

ONCA gallery
City Centre

Dead and buried: an anthropological tour of Woodvale Cemetery

Explore the social history of Woodvale Cemetery and consider broad questions around our attitudes to death, body disposal and commemoration with a local historian and a social anthropologist. Hear how human societies have dealt with death and burial across the globe and through time hand discuss cur…

Tue 5 Sep • 16:00 – 17:30

Woodvale Cemetery
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 ga…

Fri 8 Sep • 20:00 – 21:00

Sallis Benney • Grand Parade
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. Joi…

Fri 8 Sep • 16:00 – 18:30

Duke of York
City Centre

Habitats

Nature and technology collide at this new immersive exhibition from creative studio Marshmallow Laser Feast at The Old Market. Discover a digital forest, hug a virtual tree, and see the world through the eyes of an animal. Habitats explores the wonder of our natural world through a digital …

Wed 6 Sep • 19:00 – 20:30

Main Theatre • The Old Market
City Centre

Huxley Debate: is human enhancement a human right?

With booming progress in genetics, artificial intelligence and body enhancement, the concept of ‘transhumanism’ is becoming less like sci-fi and more like something we need to plan for. The term, coined by Julian Huxley 60 years ago, now takes on new meaning. How far can our current ways of thin…

Tue 5 Sep • 17:00 – 18:00

Council Chamber • Brighton Town Hall
City Centre

Brighton Museum Late: breaking the glass

Explore Brighton Museum after hours as researchers from the University of Sussex digitally remix the collection. Enter a multisensory museum and see artefacts come to life through moving images, audio, taste, touch and smell. Interact with artwork beyond the frame and try out playful prototypes that…

Thu 7 Sep • 19:00 – 22:00

Brighton Museum
City Centre

The Lanes after dark

Not your average science-in-a-pub event. We’re taking over the notorious drinkeries in The Lanes to bring you an evening of exploration and entertainment to show you that when the sun sets, science comes alive. So choose your tipple and join the bar hop in this celebration of curiosity!

Partic…

Tue 5 Sep • 18:00 – 23:00

The Lanes
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 …

Sat 9 Sep • 12:00 – 13:00

Main floor • Jubilee Library
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 limi…

Sat 9 Sep • 15:00 – 17:00

One Church Brighton
City Centre

Crowds, riots and contagious behaviour

Does panic really ripple through a crowd? Why is laughter infectious? And how can we explain the spread of violence and aggression at riots? Explore the concept of contagion with social psychologist John Drury and get involved in interactive experiments that reveal how emotions, ide…

Wed 6 Sep • 17:00 – 18:00

One Church Brighton
City Centre

Risk and uncertainty in breast cancer treatment

For most women, being diagnosed with breast cancer causes significant emotional stress. The pressure of making important decisions about treatments, which often come with distressing side effects, can increase anxiety. Dame Lesley Fallowfield discusses her research into the psycholo…

Tue 5 Sep • 16:00 – 17:00

Sallis Benney • Grand Parade
City Centre

Does the UK need a body farm?

Body farms are outdoor laboratories where donated human cadavers are used for scientific experiments. Join Anna Williams, one of the country’s leading forensic anthropologists, as she explains how they help solve crimes and outlines the case for and against the need for one in the…

Tue 5 Sep • 21:00 – 22:00

Council Chamber • Brighton Town Hall
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 c…

Sat 9 Sep • 16:00 – 17:00

Sallis Benney • Grand Parade
City Centre

Get in tune with your inner engineer

How do you crowdsource an engineering project? Join Danielle George to find out how you can collaborate with astrophysicists to help us better understand the dawn of time. Be inspired, enthused and ready to go out and inspire the next generation of engineers.

This event is suppor…

Wed 6 Sep • 18:00 – 19:00

Sallis Benney • Grand Parade
City Centre

Fantastic beasts and why we see them

From the Beast of Bodmin to Big Foot, there are frequent sightings of the wild and the weird. In this event Rhys Jones will explore a series of intriguing natural mysteries from New England to the Ashdown Forest. Could big cats be roaming the British countryside or is it our minds p…

Wed 6 Sep • 19:30 – 20:30

One Church Brighton
City Centre

DIY biology

Community labs, engaged online groups, affordable equipment and open access resources are providing new opportunities for people to participate in scientific research outside of traditional settings. Discuss the exciting prospects for increased cross-discipline collaboration, artistic experimentatio…

Tue 5 Sep • 19:00 – 20:00

Council Chamber • Brighton Town Hall
City Centre

Science, fiction and ‘geeks’ in interwar Britain

The science fiction genre is booming, but seldom considered is the role of sci-fi in the first half of the 20th century and its early fans. Charlotte Sleigh introduces her research on these sci-fi fans’ fictional worlds and how it influenced understanding of science and their drea…

Thu 7 Sep • 17:00 – 18:00

Theatre • Old Courtroom
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 …

Sat 9 Sep • 11:00 – 12:00

Theatre • Old Courtroom
City Centre

AI: past, present and future

Can a computer be intelligent, creative, or even conscious? Cognitive scientist and author Margaret Boden will reflect on her several decades researching artificial intelligence, in conversation with science writer Jon Turney. Discover the wide-ranging applications …

Wed 6 Sep • 16:00 – 17:00

Sallis Benney • Grand Parade
City Centre

Cassini: 20 years to Saturn 

In September, the Cassini spacecraft will fall into Saturn, 20 years after its launch. Join Michele Dougherty, responsible for one of the key instruments on board, as she details the most exciting discoveries of the mission, from extra-terrestrial hurricanes to new moons which may b…

Thu 7 Sep • 18:00 – 19:00

Sallis Benney • Grand Parade
City Centre

Being young in the age of perfection

We are bombarded with messages about physical standards of ‘perfection’. Pressures to conform can lead to unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as excessive gym use and dieting, use of unnecessary supplements and misuse of illicit drugs. Take part in the conversation and discover how education, regu…

Tue 5 Sep • 20:00 – 21:00

Sallis Benney • Grand Parade
City Centre

The wild furry urbanites

Urban mammals are common, but their daily lives largely go unnoticed. Dawn Scott will share her research findings on urban mammals as well as some unexpected stories about what they (and their researchers) get up to in the city at night.

Wed 6 Sep • 21:00 – 22:00

One Church Brighton
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 augm…

Sat 9 Sep • 14:00 – 15:00

Sallis Benney • Grand Parade
City Centre

A one-way ticket to Mars

An exclusive screening of the new feature film Seat 25 which chronicles a woman's decision whether to, after winning a seat on the first human mission to Mars, leave all she knows and embark on the one-way trip. There will be an opportunity to meet the people behind the film and discuss how science …

Thu 7 Sep • 20:00 – 22:30

One Church Brighton
City Centre

Fertility and egg freezing: what should women be concerned about? 

Science communicator Emily Grossman is in her late 30s and earlier this year she decided to have her eggs frozen. Now, they are in a freezer in a clinic in London. Share her personal journey and join Emily and fertility specialist Vivienne Hall to discuss the realit…

Thu 7 Sep • 19:00 – 20:00

Theatre • Old Courtroom
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 …

Fri 8 Sep • 17:00 – 18:00

Theatre • Old Courtroom
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 re…

Sat 9 Sep • 13:00 – 14:00

Theatre • Old Courtroom
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

Fri 8 Sep • 21:00 – 22:00

Theatre • Old Courtroom
City Centre

African food journeys: from the Bayou to Barbados

Dine with food historian Peggy Brunache and let her guide you through the archaeology and culture of creole cooking. Over three courses, explore how slavery and the movement of enslaved people has influenced food across the southern states of America and the Caribbean.

Tue 5 Sep • 18:00 – 19:00

Bus stop
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.

Fri 8 Sep • 19:00 – 20:00

Theatre • Old Courtroom
City Centre

Clean eating: the new diet revolution?

The latest kid on the dieting block is clean eating. What is it and why has it proved so popular? Geneticist and TV presenter Dr Giles Yeo and the editor of BBC's Horizon, Steve Crabtree, will be in conversation about diet fads over the ages, the health implications…

Wed 6 Sep • 20:00 – 21:00

Sallis Benney • Grand Parade
City Centre

Women in science: changing culture, improving diversity

The lack of women studying and working in science, technology, engineering and maths has long been seen as an issue. What can universities do to help combat this through institution culture change? Hilary Lappin-Scott will explore some of the issues, barriers and challenges we all f…

Tue 5 Sep • 18:00 – 19:00

Sallis Benney • Grand Parade
City Centre

Presidential Address: navigating trust in an uncertain world

Humans are inherently social and have worked together for millennia, precariously balancing trust and mistrust in others. It is not easy to know where to place our trust as errors and biases beset not only our gut feelings but also our reasoning. Join incoming BSA President Professor Uta Fri…

Thu 7 Sep • 16:00 – 17:00

Sallis Benney • Grand Parade
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'.

Sat 9 Sep • 15:00 – 16:00

Theatre • Old Courtroom
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…

Sat 9 Sep • 12:00 – 13:00

Sallis Benney • Grand Parade
City Centre

Ageing with HIV in the era of survival

Modern HIV treatments are highly effective and has turned a disease that was once a death sentence into a chronic infection, heralding the era of survival. Yet, with survival comes ageing and a host of new challenges for those living with HIV. The Brighton-based team will share their research on age…

Wed 6 Sep • 13:30 – 14:30

A1 • Asa Briggs Arts
University of Sussex

Picturing problems

From assembling Ikea furniture to complex computing, using intuitive shapes and diagrams can open up new opportunities for communicating and solving problems. If you enjoy puzzles come and find out how diagrammatic reasoning can improve your problem solving and see if you can crack some fiendish cha…

Thu 7 Sep • 11:30 – 12:30

Gardner Tower • Attenborough Centre
University of Sussex

The Particle Zoo: news from the subatomic world

Gavin Hesketh gives an update on the latest from the Large Hadron Collider: the largest experiment ever built, studying the smallest things we know. By smashing subatomic particles together, we are learning more about the whole universe: what it is made of, how it behaves, and possi…

Wed 6 Sep • 12:00 – 13:00

C122 • Checkland
University of Brighton

How does caring for one another affect economic decisions?

People aren’t always as selfish as economists assume. This event will examine how our social preferences affects our decision making and explore the economic consequences. Join an expert panel to discuss how we can incorporate personal motivations into economic models and discuss the implications …

Thu 7 Sep • 14:30 – 15:30

A2 • Asa Briggs Arts
University of Sussex

The emergency mental health care crisis

How can we prevent vulnerable and suicidal people from being detained in police cells? Sociologist Gillian Bendelow researches the extraordinarily high rates of police detentions of distressed and mentally ill individuals in Sussex. Join her to find out how this collaborative local …

Wed 6 Sep • 12:30 – 13:30

A2 • Asa Briggs Arts
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 featur…

Fri 8 Sep • 14:30 – 15:30

A2 • Asa Briggs Arts
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 …

Fri 8 Sep • 13:30 – 14:30

A1 • Asa Briggs Arts
University of Sussex

The million-dollar shuffle: symmetry and complexity 

Many complex problems become easier when they have symmetries: finding a route is easier in a city with a grid of streets than in one with a chaotic layout. Colva Roney-Dougal explores how mathematics can be used to crack symmetrical problems, and shows that sometimes symmetry itsel…

Tue 5 Sep • 15:30 – 16:30

Gardner Tower • Attenborough Centre
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.

Fri 8 Sep • 16:30 – 17:30

A2 • Asa Briggs Arts
University of Sussex

Treating leukaemia: the cell therapy revolution

It couldn’t be a more exciting time for the field of cell therapy, where the truly remarkable potential of live cellular medicines is starting to be realised for the treatment of leukaemia. Farlan Veraitch focuses on how the fusion of different disciplines has underpinned the adva…

Thu 7 Sep • 14:00 – 15:00

C122 • Checkland
University of Brighton

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 o…

Fri 8 Sep • 12:30 – 13:30

Auditorium • Attenborough Centre
University of Sussex

A future divided?

Nobody is born with prejudices, but from an early age, children express preferences for members of their gender and nationality, hinting at the divisions that plague mature society. Harriet Over will discuss her research on the psychological origins of prejudice and reflect on how t…

Thu 7 Sep • 12:30 – 13:30

Auditorium • Attenborough Centre
University of Sussex

Invisible mathematics

Invisibility cloaks have been created for light, sound and water. If we can make all these invisible, what else can we design cloaks for? It was once hoped that invisibility cloaks would allow us to protect buildings from earthquakes, but it was deemed impossible. Daniel Colquitt de…

Tue 5 Sep • 13:00 – 14:00

Westlain 100 • Westlain
University of Brighton

The unsung mighty molecules 

Supramolecules won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and have a diverse, but largely underappreciated, range of applications. Why should you care about them? Because, as Imogen Riddell demonstrates, these molecules that neutralize lingering odours in the home can also be used to del…

Wed 6 Sep • 12:30 – 13:30

Auditorium • Attenborough Centre
University of Sussex

Chaos: a turbulent story

A journey exploring one of physics' greatest mysteries – turbulence. From the origins of our solar system to the world inside our own bodies and from supersonic planes to million dollar prizes, Neil Ashton guides us into this chaotic world – revealing its secrets and how it impa…

Thu 7 Sep • 14:00 – 15:00

C218 • Checkland
University of Brighton

Deadly clouds and volcanic flows

Pyroclastic density currents, the deadliest volcanic phenomenon, have caused over 90,000 deaths yet are extremely difficult to monitor. Rebecca Williams developed a novel technique to study the deposits left by these currents and demonstrates how we understand these fatal flows as w…

Thu 7 Sep • 14:30 – 15:30

Auditorium • Attenborough Centre
University of Sussex

Saving the world with microscopic gravity sensors

A gravity sensor so accurate it is approaching the sensitivity required to detect the gravitational pull of a human being and fits in your pocket: a cheap, accessible alternative to the currently available commercial gravimeters. Join Richard Middlemiss, a key force in its developme…

Tue 5 Sep • 14:30 – 15:30

Auditorium • Attenborough Centre
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 advance…

Fri 8 Sep • 14:30 – 15:30

Auditorium • Attenborough Centre
University of Sussex

Can you feel the music?

Sound is received and interpreted by our body as well as our ears. Can we bring more physicality into our musical experiences by exploring and manipulating ways in which the body interacts with and mediates sound? Enter unique listening environments with Joanne Armitage as she demon…

Tue 5 Sep • 12:30 – 13:30

Auditorium • Attenborough Centre
University of Sussex

Life in the dark depths of the ocean

Photosynthesis is impossible in the deep ocean yet so many remarkable creatures manage to survive and thrive in the depths. Nicholas Higgs highlights how these discoveries in remote places of the planet may be more important in our daily lives than we’d initially thought.

Thu 7 Sep • 12:00 – 13:00

C218 • Checkland
University of Brighton

Saving our bumblebees

Learn about the wonderful, fascinating world of the bumblebee with world expert Dave Goulson and find out what you can do to ensure a future for these endearing and vitally important pollinators.

Wed 6 Sep • 14:30 – 15:30

A2 • Asa Briggs Arts
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.

Fri 8 Sep • 15:30 – 16:30

A1 • Asa Briggs Arts
University of Sussex

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…

Fri 8 Sep • 12:00 – 13:00

C122 • Checkland
University of Brighton

Improving the quality of life for people with dementia

Dementia is one of the greatest societal challenges we face. From astrophysicists using theories on galaxy discovery to help GPs spot people at risk of dementia, through to PARO, a robotic baby seal designed to help those with it, we will explore what living well with dementia looks like and how so…

Thu 7 Sep • 12:30 – 13:30

A2 • Asa Briggs Arts
University of Sussex

Are mega-tsunamis real?

Mega-tsunamis are thought to be generated by meteor impacts, as well as large-scale collapses of volcanic islands and are supposedly able to catastrophically affect distant shorelines. Phill Teasdale questions these ideas and the geological evidence for such events which suggests th…

Wed 6 Sep • 14:00 – 15:00

C218 • Checkland
University of Brighton

Detecting deception

Challenge the current practices used in airport security and police investigations with psychologist Thomas Ormerod. Take part in a series of mini-experiments and discover how new techniques for analysing behaviour and language are challenging prejudices and improving detection of t…

Tue 5 Sep • 13:30 – 14:30

A1 • Asa Briggs Arts
University of Sussex

Alternative medicine in elite sport: method or magic?

Controversial biological therapies for injury are often used by elite sportspeople like Usain Bolt. These therapies, though legal, seldom have supporting scientific evidence. Alex Faulkner and colleagues discuss how such beliefs can persist alongside the era of medical biotechnology…

Tue 5 Sep • 16:30 – 17:30

A2 • Asa Briggs Arts
University of Sussex

In the era of wearable technologies

Wearable devices are becoming extremely popular, but what is it that makes a gadget "wearable"? Daniel Roggen will dig into the unique characteristics of wearables and present research which is at the pivotal crossroads of sensors, electronics and artificial intelligence.

This ev…

Wed 6 Sep • 15:30 – 16:30

A1 • Asa Briggs Arts
University of Sussex

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,…

Fri 8 Sep • 14:00 – 15:00

C218 • Checkland
University of Brighton

A breath of fresh air

Get involved in a live demonstration of the new, state-of-the-art, Joaquin Advanced Air Quality research station and have a first look at how the data it produces can help us find ways to improve the quality of the air we breathe.

Thu 7 Sep • 16:00 – 17:00

C218 • Checkland
University of Brighton

Food allergies: fact or fiction

Everyone knows someone with a food allergy, and you may have one, but what exactly does it mean and why do they affect people differently? Join Tara Dean as she explores the important questions associated with food allergies and discover the recent advances in this commonly misunder…

Wed 6 Sep • 16:00 – 17:00

C122 • Checkland
University of Brighton

Psychology 101: for parents

The day-to-day life of families can be emotionally raw and psychologically dramatic. Alison Pike, scientific expert on The Secret Lives of 4/5/6 Year Olds, provides insights for parents in directing this drama. Through stories and video, you will learn keys such as how to put yourse…

Tue 5 Sep • 12:00 – 13:00

C122 • Checkland
University of Brighton

Are you afraid of becoming old and isolated?

Although we should celebrate the fact that we are all living longer, for some this brings with it years of social isolation which is detrimental to health. Mark Yeoman will examine the mechanisms through which age and social isolation impacts on the functioning of the central nervou…

Wed 6 Sep • 11:30 – 12:30

Gardner Tower • Attenborough Centre
University of Sussex

Beat the heat with science

Neil Maxwell will explore what happens when the human body is exposed to extreme temperatures. Discover the difference between myth and fact when coping with heat!

Tue 5 Sep • 14:00 – 15:00

C218 • Checkland
University of Brighton

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.

Fri 8 Sep • 11:30 – 12:30

A1 • Asa Briggs Arts
University of Sussex

Personalising medicine for children

Personalised medicine has been hailed as the answer to disease, but is access to its benefits achievable for all children, from both high and low socioeconomic countries? This panel brings together experts and the public to explore whether the science supports implementing the key changes to medical…

Wed 6 Sep • 11:30 – 12:30

A1 • Asa Briggs Arts
University of Sussex

Sussex heritage in the digital age

Explore the ‘Sussex Loops’ which were used as body ornamentation in the Bronze Age. Gain a unique insight on the use of scientific approaches and digital technologies used to experience the way of life of our Sussex ancestors.

Thu 7 Sep • 13:30 – 14:30

A1 • Asa Briggs Arts
University of Sussex

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 officia…

Fri 8 Sep • 14:00 – 15:00

A501 • Checkland
University of Brighton

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 application…

Fri 8 Sep • 11:30 – 12:30

Gardner Tower • Attenborough Centre
University of Sussex

Sugar is the new fat

Public health officials say that British people eat too much sugar and have started work to reduce our intakes. Is this justified? Will they be able to change people’s diets? Discuss with our panel of nutritionists, sensory scientists, psychologists and an angry chef.

Tue 5 Sep • 14:00 – 15:00

C122 • Checkland
University of Brighton

Stars in your eyes

A technique developed by astronomers to see clear images of stars is revolutionising eye care. Karen Hampson demonstrates how individual cells in the eye can be clearly imaged, allowing for diagnosis of disease several years earlier than current routine tests, and the new discoverie…

Tue 5 Sep • 12:30 – 13:30

A2 • Asa Briggs Arts
University of Sussex

When beliefs become facts

How do otherwise logically minded people end up believing in unfounded and often implausible ideologies? Join us for a screening and discussion of 'Right Between Your Ears', a documentary that explores the process of how beliefs are turned into certainties and taken for the truth.

Wed 6 Sep • 14:30 – 16:30

Auditorium • Attenborough Centre
University of Sussex

Your 500-million-year family tree 

Humans are just one of over 50,000 vertebrate species descended from a common ancestor that lived over 500 million years ago. Fortunately, there are lots of fossils that bridge this large gap in time; by studying them using state-of-the-art X-Ray microscopes Joseph Keating examines …

Thu 7 Sep • 16:30 – 17:30

A2 • Asa Briggs Arts
University of Sussex

The winner shouldn’t take it all

Exceptional performances tend to occur in exceptional circumstances, but people often mistake luck for skill when evaluating these outliers. This has led Chengwei Liu to argue that perhaps we should be rewarding second place. With evidence from the sporting world and business, Cheng…

Wed 6 Sep • 12:00 – 13:00

C218 • Checkland
University of Brighton

20,000 years pre-Brexit: human evolution in Europe 

How have the genetics of human populations in Europe changed in the last 20,000 years and why? In this interactive event, explore the genetics of prehistoric Europeans as revealed through ancient DNA analysis, addressing questions about recent evolution in our species and the effects of large-scale …

Tue 5 Sep • 15:30 – 16:30

A1 • Asa Briggs Arts
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 …

Fri 8 Sep • 15:30 – 16:30

Gardner Tower • Attenborough Centre
University of Sussex

Does mindfulness really help people thrive? 

Is mindfulness training like a physical exercise that will improve our health and well being? This is a frequent comparison, but how far can it be stretched? Join Julieta Galante to discuss the evidence available and explore its most critical issues before you decide to get 'mindful…

Thu 7 Sep • 11:30 – 12:30

A1 • Asa Briggs Arts
University of Sussex

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.

Fri 8 Sep • 13:00 – 14:00

Westlain 100 • Westlain
University of Brighton

Understanding the voices in your head

Everyone hears a voice in their head: their own inner speech. But some people hear voices from elsewhere when no-one is speaking. This can be distressing and associated with psychosis, or a positive and spiritual experience. What are these experiences like, and what can psychology and neuroscience t…

Tue 5 Sep • 16:00 – 17:00

Westlain 100 • Westlain
University of Brighton

Quantum leap: building the world’s fastest computer

Earlier this year, a group of researchers led by Winfried Hensinger unveiled the first realistic blueprint for the construction of a large-scale quantum computer. Through live demonstrations, hear and visualise how this exciting breakthrough has transformed quantum computing from a …

Tue 5 Sep • 14:30 – 15:30

A2 • Asa Briggs Arts
University of Sussex

When batteries go bang!

First commercialised in 1990, lithium-ion batteries have transformed modern life through their ubiquitous application in power-hungry consumer electronics. Recently, the safety of these batteries has been called into question, with high profile failures in phones and aircraft. Explore what can go wr…

Wed 6 Sep • 13:30 – 14:30

Gardner Tower • Attenborough Centre
University of Sussex

Mining rare earth elements from the air

Many modern technologies such as mobile phones and wind turbines rely on rare earth elements to function. Currently, these mostly come from one mine in China and the security of their supply is uncertain. Here, Teal Riley ponders: Could the future of rare earth element mining rely o…

Tue 5 Sep • 11:30 – 12:30

Gardner Tower • Attenborough Centre
University of Sussex

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 …

Fri 8 Sep • 16:00 – 17:00

C122 • Checkland
University of Brighton

Art and science collaboration: an ecology of practices

Together, art and science allow us to sense and create meaning from our surroundings. Director the Arts Catalyst, Nicola Triscott explores the idea of both as components of an “ecology of practices” which encourage investigation of critical world issues beyond the gallery and l…

Thu 7 Sep • 15:30 – 16:30

A1 • Asa Briggs Arts
University of Sussex

The ethics of human gene editing

Emerging gene editing technologies such as CRISPR/cas9 offer the prospect of eradicating genetic disease and, possibly, extending human capacities. Jackie Leach Scully will explore how societies now face difficult choices about the kinds of people we want to have, the lives we want …

Thu 7 Sep • 16:00 – 17:00

C122 • Checkland
University of Brighton

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 behaviou…

Fri 8 Sep • 12:30 – 13:30

A2 • Asa Briggs Arts
University of Sussex

So you think you know what works in the classroom? 

Can an online resource where schools get access to evidence about effectiveness and intervention cost inform better decisions-making in teaching environments? Kevan Collins answers questions about the pioneering work done in England on what works best in the classroom.

Thu 7 Sep • 13:00 – 14:00

Westlain 100 • Westlain
University of Brighton

LGBTQ legislation: a measure of progress?

Introducing legislation to address LGBTQ inequalities is often seen as a measure of a progress, but it is only one step we can take to improve the quality of LGBTQ people's everyday lives. Kath Browne discusses her research bringing academics and activists together to examine what m…

Tue 5 Sep • 15:00 – 16:00

Westlain 100 • Westlain
University of Brighton