Brain Bee Competition @ Palmer Building, University of Reading
Feb 20 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Brain Bee Competition

2019 sees the first regional Brain Bee Competition being held in Reading. Secondary school children aged 14–19 will have the opportunity to take part in this competition where they will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the brain, neuroscience and psychology, and have the chance to win fantastic prizes and represent their region at the national competition later on in the year. All material students will need to know for the event will be provided once registered.

The winner of the National Brain Bee will then represent the UK at the International Brain Bee. The International Brain Bee was founded in 1999 by Dr. Norbert Myslinski. The Brain Bee motivates students to learn about the brain, captures their imaginations, and inspires them to pursue neuroscience careers to help treat and find cures for neurological and psychological disorders.

More than 60 nations are engaged in coordinating Brain Bee programs worldwide, and this number is rapidly increasing. Around 50,000 students participate across all six continents every year, and more than 600 neuroscientists have been involved with organising and judging the events.

For more information visit the website

Botanical University Challenge @ Madejski Lecture Theatre, Agriculture Building
Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Botanical University Challenge

Your bonus for ten and no conferring: When and where was the first Botanical University Challenge held? The brainchild of the University of Reading’s very own Dr Jonathan Mitchley and Dr John Warren (Aberystwyth University), it was held at Kew in 2016! It was a great success and this second event celebrates botany, botanists and the beauty and importance of plants in the 21st century. In this fun event, University teams will compete for the coveted trophy by answering questions on plant related topics.

This is the opening event of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of 50 years of masters botany teaching at Reading.

Admission free. Booking is not required.

Learning Languages for a Healthy Brain @ Room G01, Building L022
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Learning Languages for a Healthy Brain

Evidence increasingly suggests that speaking more than one language is good for your mind and brain. This is because bilinguals must constantly choose which language they will use each time, and also prevent the non-relevant language from interfering. Inevitably, this “trains” the brain to be more flexible when switching between languages. This process not only causes the structure of the brain to physically change, but it also applies to a variety of other tasks, and might even prove beneficial in older age. In this interactive event, researchers from the Bilingualism in the Brain lab at the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism will explain what language learning can do for you, and the importance of its effects for children, younger and older adults, as well as patients with neurodegeneration.

Admission free. Booking advisable.

Reading Film Theatre presents First Man @ Palmer Building
Feb 22 @ 7:45 pm – 10:30 pm

Reading Film Theatre presents First Man

On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man. This is an intimate and epic biopic telling the dramatic tale of Neil Armstrong’s first ‘small step’ on the moon. With visceral tension and beautiful visual craft the film combines a stunning visual creation of the vastness of outer space with an intimate portrait of the inner life of the famous spaceman.

Annual Edith Mary Gayton Lecture @ Madejski Lecture Theatre, Agriculture Building
Feb 26 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm

Annual Edith Mary Gayton Lecture

By Jeremy Moody, Secretary and Adviser to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV). His lecture will provide an insight into the recent challenges and opportunities for the agricultural sector and agricultural land management with a focus on the new generation of farming.

Admission free but to book a place email