How the Universe will end? @ Pickavance Lecture Theatre, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Professor Brad Gibson from the University of Hull will be presenting “How the Universe will End” at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

One of the most exciting questions in all of science remains
“How did the Universe begin?”; less spoken about though is the
opposite end of the life-cycle: “how the Universe will end…”. Over a
rollicking and interactive hour, Professor Gibson will walk you through
our Universe, from its birth and toddler phase, to the rough teenage
years and mid-life crises, and ultimately, its mysterious fate, billions of
years from now.


Free Radicals – Rose Turner @ Smokin Billy's
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm

Schrodingers Hat Free RadicalsThe Free Radicals are a troupe of improvised comedy players based in Reading, UK

They return with a new season of improvised comedy science – Schrödinger’s Hat, the show that mashes together real science and improvised comedy theatre.

At the heart of the performance will be an engaging and informative talk from a genuine science communicator on a topic that the players won’t have heard before.

With no rehearsal or script, the players take the themes of the talk and produce a truly astonishing comedic journey of the imagination.

Joining the Radicals this month is Rose Turner:

Rose is a doctoral researcher in Psychology. She uses experimental methods to examine the effects of engaging with fictional worlds on real world social cognition and behaviour. Rose’s background is in the performing arts, and after graduating with an MA in Performance and Research (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), she completed a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Open University) alongside acting, writing and filmmaking work. Current work includes teaching research methods and statistics to university students, applied theatre practice, roleplay and consultancy in education, health, social care, and criminal justice settings.

Join the Free Radicals on the third Friday every of every month at Smokin’ Billy’s BBQ in the heart of Reading.
Tickets £5 in advance, or £6 on the door.
SPECIAL MEAL DEAL – Get a 2-course meal at Smokin’ Billy’s BBQ + 1 show ticket – £15. Choose the FOOD & BEVERAGE ticket type. Visit for the full menu. NOTE: you must arrive by 7.30pm to allow enough time to eat before the show.

A window through the Universe @ St. Peter’s Church Hall, Earley.
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Peter Bull from FRAS will be presenting A Window through the Universe for the Reading Astronomical Society.

Peter’s presentation A Window Through The Universe is a purely scientific resume of our understanding to date. After the coffee break the usual announcements and members activities.

After Dark: Researching potential habitable planets @ Winchester Science Centre
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A chance for adults to enjoy a child-free exploration of the hands-on exhibition floors and bespoke show in the planetarium.

An evening where adults are able explore their own curiosity in science with full access to the hands-on exhibition floors and the opportunity to enjoy a bespoke presenter-led planetarium show on a topic that changes monthly.

The Hub Cafe & Bar will be open for drinks and light snacks.

Should you share your DNA data? @ Reading Quaker (Friends) Meeting House
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm



What are the benefits and risks of a medical system that uses genomic data. How should it be stored and who should have access? Should everyone’s DNA be analysed at birth? And is there a duty to donate your genome, like we do with blood and organs?

It’s time to join the debate.

Our speakers

To introduce you to the subject, we have a panel that really knows their stuff! These folks can cover it all, from the use of genetics in medicine to how the law could change to protect our genetic data. You can also find out first hand what it’s like to take part in the biggest genetic study of people in the world.

Dr Ed Blair 
Clinical Director of the Oxford NHS Genomic Medicine Centre

Professor Anneke Lucassen 
Professor of Clinical Genetics, Clinical Ethics and Law Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton

Nancy MolyneAux 
Participant in the 100,000 Genomes Project

Want to know more? We have prepared some background information that you can browse at your leisure! 
Read our summary here

Coordinated by British Science Association and Sponsored by Genomics England

About Future Debates

The British Science Association believes that science is a part of our everyday lives and that everyone should feel confident to talk about and be included in these topics. We want to empower everyone – not just scientists – to engage in conversation over science’s role in their own lives, their local economy, and the UK as a whole.

To make sure these conversations are happening at a local level, we are working with Genomics England to run a series of debates across the country, looking at specific topics relevant to today. Each year, Future Debates will focus on a particular issue.

This year’s topic: “Should you share your DNA data?”

Across the UK, the National Health Service is preparing to start using DNA data as part of the treatment and services we receive from our doctors. This could mean huge improvements in the way the NHS prevents and treats illness, but it relies on large numbers of people sharing their full set of DNA for research.

Meanwhile, the Cambridge Analytica scandal has laid bare the lengths to which companies will go to turn a profit from our data. We now live in an age when an unprecedented amount of data is collected about our lives, and this data is not a finite resource – there are infinite ways to analyse and predict our potential future actions and desires from it.

How do you feel about the most personal information of all – your DNA sequence and health data – being stored along with millions of others? How would you want it to be stored, and by whom? Do we have a duty to share our DNA to improve healthcare?