Where: Brighton, East Sussex
£: Free, but tickets should be booked in advance for events
What is it?
Brighton Pier will be transformed into a spectacular science showcase during this year’s British Science Festival, which takes place in the city from Tuesday 5th to Saturday 9th September.
The Festival – co-hosted by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex – will see top scientists, performers and artists from across the country, amaze thrill-seekers at the iconic seaside attraction.
In venues across the city and at the two universities, visitors will see hundreds of leading scientists come together to showcase the latest scientific advancements from around the world. Festival-goers will discover the latest in the race to build a super-fast quantum computer, what the future holds for Artificial Intelligence and why one man decided to be the first person to donate his entire genome to the public.
The varied programme of free talks, debates and performances will allow guests to immerse themselves in accessible, cutting-edge and impactful research. The diversity of the programme reveals that science is not restricted to lab coats; anybody can be a part of it.
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 demonstrates her compositions through vibrating installations and bone-conducting headphones. Tuesday 5th September, at 12.30pm.
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 BBC Horizon Editor, Steve Crabtree, will be in conversation about diet fads over the ages, the health implications and answering questions about the latest trends. Wednesday 6th September, at 8pm.
Cassini: 20 years to Saturn
This month, 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 be capable of supporting life. Thursday 7th September, at 6pm.
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. Attend a special screening of the film and panel discussion with neuroscientist Uta Frith, media historian Tim Snelson and broadcaster Adam Rutherford to debate the issues. Friday 8th September, at 4pm.
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 Smith to understand the reasons for his decision, and why this approach will ultimately benefit the public if more people follow suit. Friday 8th September, at 5pm.
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 an event with interactive demonstrations and practical tips. Saturday 9th September, at 11am.
Brighton Pier takeover
Experience science on the boardwalk, 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. Friday 8th September, at 6pm.
More info: www.britishsciencefestival.org