Winchester Science Festival

A Weekend Science Adventure!
Events From Festival 2013

Photos © Dave Hughes 2013

25-27 July 2014

2014's Science Festival runs from the 25th to the 27th of July at Winchester Discovery Centre.

Events over the weekend range from science, music, and comedy, to hands-on exhibits, with plenty of entertainment happening around the venue too!


Speakers

Program subject to change.

Terry Harvey-Chadwick
Terry
Harvey-Chadwick
Using spectacular fiery & explosive demonstrations, The Fire Show explains how the fire triangle works and how to control it.

The Fire Show

Simon Watt
Simon Watt
What are real mutants like? Could we one day use genetics to make us superhuman? Simon is a biologist, writer, science communicator & Ch4 TV presenter.

Mutants.
What Are They Like?

Punk Science
Punk Science
The Science Museum's comedy troupe present an explosive, mind-blowing, & hilarious show about science!

Punk Science:
Supermassive Space

Ben Littlefield
Dr Ben Littlefield
Flames, brains & nuclear reactors - what links those together? Chemistry!

Flames, Brains,
& Nuclear Reactors

Alex Boxley
Alex Boxley
Join Winchester Science Centre's Alex Boxley on a flying visit through our Solar System.

Exploring
The Universe

Ken Farquhar
Dr Ken Farquhar
Explore the science behind the thrills & spills of the circus. Why jugglers love gravity, how stunt people avoid getting hurt & why unicyclists keep moving to stay balanced.

Science
Of The Circus

Mini Saaj
Dr Mini Saaj
Mini Saaj is at the forefront of UK robotics & her award-winning work is internationally renowned.

Nature-Inspired Robots
For Space & Medicine

Simon Watt
Simon Watt
Frogs are brilliant, but sadly, dying out! Simon humorously explains why frogs are better than most people he knows.

Frogs & Friends

Neil Denny
Neil Denny
Producer & presenter of Little Atoms Radio Show & Little Atoms Road Trip podcasts.

What Do I Know?

Radu Sporea
Dr Radu Sporea
Assisted by Andrew Pye, using live demos & audience participation, Radu explains the science of modern photography. Plus tips for improving picture-taking.

The Science
Of Photography

Helen Czerski
Dr Helen Czerski
Some animals can see and use aspects of the physical world that humans are oblivious to. Join physicist Helen Czerski as she explains the physics behind some incredible animal adaptations.

Carnival Of The Animal Senses

Jock McOrist
Dr Jock McOrist
Jock researches mathematical physics, and the interplay between geometry, string and quantum field theory.

String Theory
For Everyone

Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Dame Jocelyn is the British astrophysicist who discovered pulsars as a PhD student.

We Are All Star Dust

Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Neil Denny &
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Join Neil Denny in conversation with the extraordinary astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

Interviewing Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Mark Thomas
Prof Mark Thomas
Mark Thomas is Professor of Evolutionary Genetics in the Research Dept. of Genetics, Evolution & Environment at University College London.

Human Genetic &
Cultural Evolution

András Sóbester
Dr András Sóbester
What are the known unknowns of the stratosphere? Explore intriguing questions about the upper limits of aviation.

Into Thin Air –
Aviation's Upper Limits

Guildford Brightclub
Guildford Brightclub
The Thinking Person's Variety Club! Brightclub blends comedy, music, art, research, science, performance, & anything else that can happen on a stage.

The Best Of Brightclub

Mike Tipton
Prof Mike Tipton
How does our body react when exposed to extreme environments like cold air and cold water?

Extreme
Environment Physiology

Dareck Górecki
Prof Dareck Górecki
What is the Blood-Brain Barrier, & what is its function?

Plumbers Of The Brain:
The Blood-Brain Barrier

Helen McAllister
Helen McAllister
Recently shortlisted for the Science & Technology Woman of the Future award, Helen works at the Emerging Technology Services Dept. of IBM.

Emerging Technologies

Lucy Rogers
Lucy Rogers
Lucy explains – in simple terms – what's involved in launching something into space, to explore the universe beyond our small planet.

It's Only Rocket Science

Sally Le Page
Sally Le Page
Join Sally on a lighthearted romp through the bizarre world of animal sex lives and other evolutionary tales.

Secrets Of Sex

Paolo Viscardi
Paolo Viscardi
Paolo explores how a simple protective box for the brain has provided vertebrates with the foundation for one of the most fascinating and functional features found in nature.

Brilliant Brain Box: How The Skull Shaped Evolution

Being 747
Being 747
A pop/rock group who, inspired by the work of David Attenborough, abandoned the traditional approach to music to create a new collection of educational pieces all about evolution!

Science! Music!

Schedule

This year's Festival takes place over three days. Friday's events are particularly suited to younger audiences.


  • 10
    The Fire Show
    Terry Harvey-Chadwick
  • 11
    Mutants. What Are They Like?
    Simon Watt
  • 12
    Punk Science: Supermassive Space
    Punk Science
  • 13
    Lunch Break
  • 14
    Flames, Brains & Nuclear Reactors
    Dr Ben Littlefield
  • 15
    Exploring The Universe
    Alex Boxley
  • 16
    Science Of The Circus
    Dr Ken Farquhar
  • 17
    Nature-Inspired Robots For Science & Medicine
    Dr Mini Saaj
  • EVE
    Frogs & Friends + What Do I Know?
    Simon Watt + Neil Denny
  • 10
    The Science Of Photography
    Dr Radu Sporea & Andrew Pye
  • 11
    Carnival Of The Animal Senses
    Dr Helen Czerski
  • 12
    String Theory For Everyone
    Dr Jock McOrist
  • 13
    Lunch Break
  • 14
    We Are All Star Dust
    Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell
  • 15
    Interviewing Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell
    Neil Denny & Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell
  • 16
    Human Genetic & Cultural Evolution
    Prof Mark Thomas
  • 17
    Into Thin Air – Aviation's Upper Limits
    Dr András Sóbester
  • EVE
    The Best Of Brightclub
    Guildford Brightclub
  • 11
    Extreme Environment Physiology
    Dr Mike Tipton
  • 12
    Plumbers Of The Brain: The Blood-Brain Barrier
    Dr Dareck Górecki
  • 13
    Lunch Break
  • 14
    Emerging Technologies
    Helen McAllister
  • 15
    It's Only Rocket Science
    Lucy Rogers
  • 16
    Secrets Of Sex
    Sally Le Page
  • 17
    Brilliant Brain Box: How The Skull Shaped Evolution
    Paolo Viscardi
  • EVE
    Science! Music!
    Being 747

Exhibits

Program subject to change.

Brighton Science Festival
 
Saturday
Video preview
Build a daft machine with levers and pulleys, string and weights, to send a signal round the room. The Incredible Machine builds up during the day, becoming incredibler and incredibler.
Cancer Research UK
 
All weekend
Try the Killer T Cell laser challenge, and take microscope pictures with a mobile phone. Find out how Southampton Cancer Research UK scientists are using this knowledge to beat cancer sooner.
Mantis Hexapod robot
by Micromagic Systems
Saturday
Video preview
See Winchester engineer Matt Denton's two tonne Turbo Diesel-powered Mantis robot - the biggest all-terrain operational hexapod robot in the world!
Mini Professors
 
All weekend
Video preview
Science classes for our very young scientists: songs, experiments, and scientific explanations. Hands-on, interactive, educational and most importantly - fun!
Free group sessions.
National Oceanography Centre
All weekend
Video preview
Marvel at the PufferSphere, a glowing 2m digital globe, which shows complex climate and weather system processes on the surface of our beautiful blue planet.
Science Technology Facilities Council
All weekend
Seeing the Universe in All Its Light showcases the Big Telescopes family - both ground and space based. Features stunning science images and interactive exhibits.
Society of
Biology
All weekend
The Biology: Changing the World celebrates great past biologists and aims to inspire future biologists. Discover the story of biology via games and activities, and enjoy the giant photo props!
3D Printing Demo
c/o SoMakeIt
Saturday
See 3D printing in action! Southampton's Makerspace will be demonstrating this cutting-edge technology. Find out what goes on at the friendly community workshop.
Soton Astrodome c/o
University of Southampton
All weekend
Video preview
Explore the wonders of the night sky in this mobile planetarium. Free shows hourly, from 10.10am onwards, Theatre Royal, nr Discovery Centre. Places limited, pre-book.
Southampton Solent University
Saturday
Can you believe your eyes? Psychologist Dr Brian Wink uses mind-boggling optical illusions to explain why seeing isn't always believing.
The Colour Factory
 
All weekend
Science and art collide! View and buy fantastic science-themed art and handicrafts, made by Winchester's own The Colour Factory.
University of Southampton Roadshow
All weekend
Video preview
Features: plesiosaurs, electric-powered AC Cobra, DIY DNA extraction, Optoelectronics, giant Scalextrix traffic management, and many more activities!

Venue

Discovery Centre, Winchester

About

Winchester Science Festival is the working project of the not-for-profit organisation Winchester
Science Foundation. We aim to...

  • Champion and celebrate science with the public
  • Raise the profile of women in science
  • Promote science education and science communication
  • Raise the awareness of Hampshire science

Sponsors

Winchester Science Festival is grateful for the kind and generous support of the the following partners.

Platinum

LLoyds Register Foundation

Gold

Denplan

Silver

Ellis Campbell Charitable Foundation

Bronze

Hampshire County CouncilWinchester Round TableLeadersWinchester City Council

Sir James Scott Memorial Foundation