Reading Science Week

BSW2016Reading Science Week (RSW) is part of British Science Week which runs every March. It’s the biggest event that Science in Reading co-ordinates each year and the programme for the week is always packed with science activities and events aimed at all ages.

This year we have a diverse and exciting collection of events, hosted by ourselves and also in collaboration with partner societies and venues! Follow all the action on social media: #BSW16 for national events and #RSW16 for our local celebration of science and discovery.

Here’s this year’s programme of events:

Friday 11th March

Stargazing: Exploring the Universe

When: 7 pm
Where:  L14 University of Reading, London Road campus, 4 Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5AQ
Cost: Free.

We join the Reading Astronomical Society for a fun filled evening – even if it’s raining! Space themed activities will be combined with talks from space scientists and astronomers and of course plenty of chances to look through telescopes. This event will take place regardless of weather and is suitable for all ages.

Saturday 12th March

Science Busking

Science Busking
When: 12-4pm
Where: Broad Street, Reading (outside M&S)
Cost: Free.

Explore all sorts of weird and wonderful science facts up close. Our volunteers will be on hand to talk you through the amazing demonstrations and explain the science behind what you’ll see!

 

CSI: Reading

When: 11am – 4pm
Where: University of Reading, Wager Building, Whiteknights campus
Cost: Free. Families only. UPDATE (11th March): FULLY BOOKED Places are limited. To book a place, visit:  http://www.reading.ac.uk/events/ or contact events@reading.ac.uk 0118 378 6718

Ever wondered about crime scene forensics? The School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science presents this special one day event to showcase the amazing research taking place at Reading. Become a Crime Scene Investigator for the day and uncover clues to solve a crime in this interactive event.

This event is suitable for families with children aged 14+

Stargazing: Exploring the Universe

When: 7 pm
Where: L14 University of Reading, London Road campus, 4 Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5AQ
Cost: Free.

We join the Reading Astronomical Society for a fun filled evening – even if it’s raining! Space themed activities and workshops themed around the International Year of Light will be combined with talks from space scientists and astronomers and of course plenty of chances to look through telescopes. This event will take place regardless of weather and is suitable for all ages.

Sunday 13th March

Sci Quiz

When: 7.30pm start (seated by 7:15pm)
Where: Revolutions Bar Reading,  Station Road, Reading,
Cost: £1 per person

Science-themed pub quiz, with prizes and excellent value educational entertainment! Teams of any size are welcome. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd AND last place.

Monday 14th March

The Great Debate – Renewable Energy

When: 7.00pm (arrivals from 6.00pm)
Where: Palmer Building, University of Reading Whitenights Campus
Cost: Free. Places are limited. Register to attend the event here: http://www.reading.ac.uk/events/

Join this annual Great Debate, led by the University of Reading and Engineering Institutions of the Thames Valley, to discuss whether renewable energy really can meet our electricity needs.

Cafe Scientifique: Trembling earth, Why can’t we predict earthquakes?

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When: 7.30pm
Where: Smokin Billy’s BBQ bar, 61, St. Mary’s Butts   Reading   RG1 2LG
Cost: Free.

Austin Elliott is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford. He researches the history of earthquakes in the landscape and what we can learn about them from satellites.

Find out more about his research in his blog: http://blogs.agu.org/tremblingearth/

 

Tuesday 15th March

Sci Screen: The Martian. Can we farm on Mars?

TheMartianWhen: 7.15pm
Where: Reading Film Theatre, Palmer Building, University of Reading Whiteknights Campus
Cost: £8. Discount of £2 applied when quoting SCIENCE as a discount code using the online checkout. Discount only available to first 80 tickets sold online. Book here

Science in Reading joins forces with Reading Film Theatre to ask: can we farm on Mars?  Our screening of  the critically acclaimed film The Martian (starring Matt Damon) will be accompanied by an engaging talk and Q&A session led by Dr Matt Owens, Associate Professor in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading.  Dr Owens will provide insight into the many challenges, outlined in the film, of travelling into space and setting up shop on Mars – radiation storms, terraforming and cost, to name just a few!   Dr Owens studies the physics of “space weather” – rapid changes in the Sun’s magnetic field which pose a radiation threat to spacecraft hardware and astronauts.

Event and film details: http://readingfilmtheatre.co.uk/events/the-martian-12a-talk/

Friday 18th March

The Science of DairyingScience in dairying: Past and Present

When: 1-2pm
Where: Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, Redlands Road
Cost: Free. Places are limited. To book a place contact merlevents@reading.ac.uk or call 0118 378 8660

Join us for a British Science Week event exploring the science behind the production, storage and distribution of milk and its products. The event, which ties in to the museum’s Wellcome Trust funded project (Our Country Lives: Nutrition, Health & Rural England) will highlight how the science of dairying has progressed over the last century.

Steve Cross, Wellcome Engagement Fellow, comedian and creator of Science Showoff, will chair a conversation about food, nutrition, and the science of dairying, past and present between specialists including Professor Christine Williams from the University of Reading and Professor Abigail Woods from King’s College London.

Afterwards there will be an opportunity to view archival film and related items from the Museum’s collection which will form part of the new displays on dairying when the Museum reopens later this year.

Sci Screen: Godzilla (1954). A nuclear future?Godzilla_poster

When: 8pm (7:30pm arrival)
Where: Rising Sun Arts Centre, 26-30 Silver Street, RG1 2ST, Reading
Cost:  £5, payable on the door

Science  in Reading joins with Stand Up Cinema to explore  radiation and future nuclear power. Pairing a screening of the 1954 version of Godzilla with an introductory talk on nuclear radiation by Dr Ceri Brenner and discussion session on the rise of nuclear energy.

Event details: http://www.risingsunartscentre.org/events/stand-cinema-godzilla

Monday 21st March

Skeptics in the Pub, Reading: The Teenage Brain, Why youth is not wasted on the young,

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When: 7:30 pm
Where: RYND Bar and Kitchen, 11 Castle St, Reading, RG1 7SB
Cost: Free.

In retrospect, most people would probably describe their teenage years as a period of emotional and social turmoil. Yet there is more to the transitional period from childhood to adulthood than upheaval and social awkwardness.

Dr Kathrin Cohen Kadosh will focus on recent studies that have highlighted the unique changes in both behaviour and the brain during adolescence, and will show how ongoing development can provide the individual with unique opportunities for learning and plasticity.

Event details: http://reading.skepticsinthepub.org/

Wednesday 23rd March

The Cole Lecture: Wild life in a warmer world

When: 7:30 pm
Where: Henley Business School, University of Reading Whiteknights Campus
Cost: Free. Places are limited. To book a place, visit: www.reading.ac.uk/events or contact events@reading.ac.uk 0118 378 6718

The School of Biological Sciences presents their annual Cole Lecture, in honour of Francis Cole (1872 – 1959), Reading’s first professor of Zoology.

This year University of Reading are proud to host Professor Camille Parmesan, who as Lead Author, was an official contributor to the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007 for her ground-breaking work measuring the impact of man-made climate change on animal and plant life.

In her Cole Lecture, Professor Parmesan will discuss the impacts of climate change on wild species, and the conservation and policy implications of a warmer world.

This event is part of the University’s 90th Anniversary celebrations.