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Bringing science into the heart of the city

Published Monday, 02 September 2019

Held in partnership with the University of Warwick, the British Science Festival will transform Coventry and Warwickshire into a celebration of science and culture from 10–13 September.

This year’s British Science Festival won’t just be confined to the University of Warwick, as researchers take their cutting edge science into the heart of Coventry with a selection of evening events in some of the city’s most popular venues.

From Coventry Cathedral to FarGo Village, the British Science Association will showcase the wonders of science right on your doorstep in partnership with the University of Warwick from 10 – 13 September.

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

Are you ready to put down roots in Coventry city centre as you join us at The Botanist: late night garden for the first night of the British Science Festival? Experience the natural world as you explore an exciting range of drop-ins, whilst enjoying live music and delicious refreshments in the spectacular surroundings of a secret garden on Tuesday 10 September 10 from 6pm – 10pm.

In her award-winning book Inferior, and the latest Superior, journalist Angela Saini tackles the issues surrounding bias in research and the misuse of science for political ends, both in history and today. Join her on Tuesday 10 September 10 from 7pm – 8pm at St Mary's Guildhall as she reflects on some of the conversations the books have kickstarted across the country and on social media in A journey from Inferior to Superior.

Celebrity chef Jack Monroe has become a champion for cooking on a budget. Self-taught out of necessity, Jack has raised awareness of the challenge of healthy eating whilst living on a low income. Join Jack and guests at Coventry Cathedral on Wednesday 11 September from 7-8pm to discuss how social stigma doesn’t help the situation and how cities like Coventry are Tackling Food Poverty.

In Staging the Future, sci-fi playwrights Thomas Eccleshare, Ella Road and Jon Spooner discuss the role theatre can have in sparking important conversations about the future of science, technology and their impacts on society. Taking place at The Albany Theatre on Thursday 12 September from 5–6pm and followed by the comedic sci-fi play, Signals.

The Festival will come to a close with a takeover of FarGo Village on Friday 13 September with a host of free activities from 5pm to 10pm. From holograms, to comedy, mind-reading technology to a mud kitchen for adults (plus so much more), grab a drink and all your friends to help us see the Festival out with a bang.

Among the highlights are:

  • In Where there’s dirt, there’s danger?, Sophie Greenway from the University of Warwick takes you on a journey through history to discover why we need to reconsider our own ideas about dirt if we are to make the changes necessary to care for our planet.
  • The Holotronica Live 3D show is a retro-futuristic synesthetic trip, merging sound and colour frequencies that feel as if they are jumping off screen, close enough to touch. Developed by Stuart Warren-Hill, the show comes to the British Science Festival for the first time.
  • In an image obsessed world, where photos can be edited at the touch of a button, it is increasingly difficult to tell what is real and fake. Being able to distinguish between truth and lies in photography is important, but why? Find out more in Doctored memories featuring University of Warwick psychologist Kim Wade.

Jane Furze, Director of Public Engagement at the University of Warwick, said:  “Not only will our campus be buzzing with talks, demonstrations and activities all week during the British Science Festival, Coventry city centre will also play host at a range of fantastic venues and locations and we hope that our friends and neighbours in the city will find plenty to enjoy amongst these evening events that are taking place right on their doorstep.”

The BSA’s Ivvet Modinou, Director of the British Science Festival, said: “As well as things happening on campus, we’re also taking the Festival to Coventry city centre, bringing theatre performances, debates, art workshops, street food and even a science-themed escape room!

“Science touches all of society and we’re really proud to show this off in our programme of city-based events, which visitors will be able to enjoy completely free of charge. I can’t wait to see you all there”

Each year, the British Science Festival brings a diverse programme of over a hundred talks, debates, performances and activities to a different host city and region. Between Tuesday 10 and Friday 13 September 2019, the public will be able to attend events across the city of Coventry and on the University of Warwick campus, all for free. It will be immediately followed by a Family Day on the University of Warwick campus on Saturday 14 September.

The British Science Festival’s visit to the region is being strongly supported by industry leaders including Cadent, Jaguar Land Rover, Lubrizol, CityFibre, Vodafone Gigafast Broadband and the regional Local Enterprise Partnerships, Coventry & Warwickshire LEP and Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP.

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

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