A celebration of science and culture: British Science Festival to transform Coventry and Warwickshire

Highlighting the region’s strength in digital technologies, smart cities and the future of energy and healthcare, the British Science Festival 2019 arrives in Coventry and Warwickshire next week.

From Tuesday 10 – Friday 13 September, top scientists, artists, performers, academics and local community groups will come together for a diverse and entertaining programme of events.

The programme covers topics one may not usually associate with science, demonstrating the breadth of science and the impact it has on everyone’s life. The organisers have put special emphasis on the fun, thought-provoking, and societal aspects of science, to show that it’s not just confined to laboratories, but something that’s all around us.

Held in partnership with the University of Warwick, Highlights of this year’s programme include:

Jack Monroe

Events to challenge and provoke

Hear from the Chief Investigator of the Russian doping scandal in Chasing elite cheats, see celebrity chef Jack Monroe about how she’s Tackling food poverty, explore the future of cancer’s diagnosis, treatment and ultimately patient survival in AI for Cancer, cross cultural and political divides in Love your enemy, and delve into Louis Theroux’s most recent documentary topic in Childbirth broke my brain.

Immersive and interactive experiences

Experience Holotronica, a live 3D show with a retro-futuristic synesthetic trip that merges sound and colour frequencies, hop into the automatically-driven Festival carpool, don a blindfold and take A dark tour of the Universe, and create your own perfect tea blend with real and “virtual” flavours in Time for tea.

Showcasing local places, spaces and people

Listen to a unique music performance from the talented Coull Quartet in Immersed in sound waves, share the joy of food with the Cook together, Eat together over 55s cooking club, hear from a pool of talented LGBT+ researchers from the University of Warwick in Out Thinkers, and grab your friends for a drink at the end-of-the-Festival FarGo Village takeover, filled with comedy, workshops and even an escape room.

And for something a bit different…

 Comprehend the politics of an alien invasion with Close encounters of a political kind, listen to Roger Highfield In conversation with Konnie Huq – Blue Peter’s longest-serving female presenter, laugh along at the part stand-up comedy, part science show Dark Matter, discuss mortality at pop-up installation The Departure Lounge, and get dirty in our Mud kitchen.

 Family Day

Immediately following the Festival, on Saturday 14 September, the University of Warwick will be hosting an extra special Family Day. Aimed at families from Coventry and Warwickshire, especially children up to the age of 11, the event will be a jam-packed day of discovery and exploration. The university’s campus will be overtaken with dozens of stalls, workshops, talks, performances and much more.

Highlights include YouTube filmmaker and BAFTA-winning children’s presenter, Maddie Moate, who will be taking audiences on a journey through the solar system; alongside dinosaur discovery, mosaic making, pottery, and interactive maths.

For more information, visit: www.warwick.ac.uk/familydays

All tickets are completely free, although space for some events is limited, so booking is recommended. More information about each event and ticket bookings can be found at: www.britishsciencefestival.org

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