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OXFORDSHIRE

SCIENCE

FESTIVAL

23 JUNE –3JULY 2016

IN ASSOCIATION WITH:

GET HANDS-ON

AT OUR SCIENCE FAIRS!

GET INVOLVED

IN EXCITING TALKS

AND DEBATES

GET INSPIRED

BY SCIENCE THROUGH

THE ARTS

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www.OxSciFest.org

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WELCOME

TO THE FESTIVAL!

This year, the Oxfordshire Science Festival kickstarts a

new format! Thanks to the support of Science Oxford,

we’re hoping to build a major science festival in

Oxfordshire over the coming years. Meet the scientists

with lively hands-on activities, thought-provoking talks

and debates, and inspiring events showing science

through the arts.

For the first time, the festival takes place in summer, with

three exciting science fairs and an appealing line-up of

events. There is something for everyone, so don’t wait to

explore our programme!

We’re looking forward to sharing our passion for science

with you,

THE FESTIVAL TEAM

THE 2016 FESTIVAL TEAM

Director

Sa Ïd Hasnaoui

Events Manager

Meghan Mitchell

Trustees

Christine Antoun

Jennifer Bardsley

Bryan Brown

Frank Close

Georgina Ferry

Iain Littlejohn

James McDermott

Anne Osterrieder

Lesley Paterson

Ian Thompson

James White

Support team from

Science Oxford

Steve Burgess (strategy)

Bridget Holligan (strategy)

Jude Eades (communications)

Jane Braddock (accounting)

Luiza Patorski (programme)

Rowena Fletcher-Wood

(programme)

Sophie Batin (education)

Scientific advisers

Frank Close

Kay Davies

Marcus du Sautoy

Chris Lintott

Graphic Design

www.savageandgray.co.uk

Thanks to our

special advisers

Isabelle Boscaro-Clarke

Emma Clare

Annabel Cook

Dominic McDonald

Peter McQuitty

Louise Upton

Renée Watson

Twitter: @OxSciFest Facebook: www.facebook.com/oxfordshiresciencefestival

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Concessions for students and under18s | Family tickets available (four people)

Oxfordshire Science Festival is a charity dedicated to the development

of a science festival in the region of Oxford.

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PRINCIPAL SPONSOR

OF THE OXFORDSHIRE

SCIENCE FESTIVAL 2016

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Find out more about the huge

amount of fascinating and

important research going on

at the University of Oxford:

Meet our researchers at the

many interactive stalls and

engaging events at the

Oxfordshire Science Festival.

Explore and discover more

science research online at:

www.oxfordsparks.co.uk

Visit the University’s amazing

museums, libraries and gardens:

www.museums.ox.ac.uk

Oxford for Oxford

Oxford for Oxford is running

a series of public-facing Family

Fun Days, at which members

of the public are invited to meet

Oxford University researchers, join

in with experiments and activities,

and learn about the work that

is being done at the University:

www.ox.ac.uk/oxford-for-oxford

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OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL

THURSDAY 23 JUNE

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY IN THE NEW

GENOMICS ERA, BY DAME KAY DAVIES

DATE/TIME: THURSDAY 23 JUNE, 17:00

VENUE:

MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, OXFORD

ADMISSION: £7/£5(CONC.)/£22(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

Kay Davies has dedicated her life to the cure

of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is one

of the most common, fatal genetic disorders

diagnosed in children. She contributed to the

design of the pre-natal tests used around the

world. Her team isolated a key gene sequence

for the potential treatment of the disease,

and she’s now leading clinical trials for the

development of a cure. Learn about this

scientific journey, and engage in a

conversation with one of the most

remarkable Oxford scientists.

LEOPOLD EYHARTS, ESA ASTRONAUT,

IN CONVERSATION WITH ‘THE NEW

SCIENTIST’

DATE/TIME: THURSDAY 23 JUNE, 19:30

VENUE: MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, OXFORD

ADMISSION: £7/£5(CONC.)/£22(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

Leopold Eyharts flew on the Atlantis Shuttle

to the International Space Station in 2008.

Part of his mission included the installation

of the Colombus Space Laboratory, the

main contribution of Europe to the

International Space Station. In 1998,

Leopold flew on a Soyouz Space Shuttle

to the Russian MIR station. Engage in a

conversation about his adventures and

the future of manned exploration of space.

Chaired by Valerie Jamieson, Editorial

Content Director, New Scientist.

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SPACE DAY

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD’S DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

FRIDAY 24 JUNE

SPACE ON THE STREETS

DATE/TIME: FRIDAY 24 JUNE, 13:00 - 17:00

VENUE: BROAD STREET, OXFORD

ADMISSION: FREE, DROP-IN

SUITABILITY: ALL AGES

The University of Oxford’s Department

of Physics takes you on a journey through

the cosmos. Learn how to detect

exoplanets, make a dry ice comet,

explore Mars rovers, understand the

expansion of the Universe, observe the

Sun, play with galaxies and have loads

of fun with enthusiastic astrophysicists!

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SPACE DAY

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD’S DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

SATELLITES 4 EVERYONE

DATE/TIME: FRIDAY 24 JUNE, 18:00

VENUE:

MARTIN WOOD LECTURE THEATRE,

20 PARKS ROAD, OXFORD

ADMISSION: £5/£4(CONC.)/£16(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

We all know that our satnav systems use GPS and

weather forecasting uses meteorological satellites, but

do you know that satellites are also used in farming,

finance, transport systems, helping with natural disaster

management, tracking wildlife and helping to eradicate

illegal fishing? Learn about the latest satellite

technology, and how space is part of our everyday life.

In association with the Satellite Applications Catapult

I WANT TO BELIEVE:

AN ASTRONOMER’S

SEARCH FOR ALIENS

DATE/TIME: FRIDAY 24 JUNE, 19:30

VENUE: MARTIN WOOD

LECTURE THEATRE,

20 PARKS ROAD,

OXFORD

ADMISSION: £5/£4(CONC.)/£16(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

Astronomers have

discovered that the Universe

is full of potential homes for

life, with planets around the

vast majority of stars, yet the

skies remain disappointingly

free of swooping starships,

visiting aliens or radio signals

from space. Chris Lintott

looks at the evidence for life

in the Universe, explains how

you can help and tries to

argue that the truth is out

there somewhere.

STELLARIUM MASTER CLASS – LEARN HOW TO FIND THE CONSTELLATIONS

DATE/TIME: FRIDAY 24 JUNE, 21:00

VENUE: MARTIN WOOD LECTURE

THEATRE, 20 PARKS ROAD,

OXFORD

ADMISSION: FREE, DROP-IN

SUITABILITY: 14+

You want to know the constellations but you don’t have

a planetarium at home? No worries! Install Stellarium on

your computer and learning about the sky will be made

really easy. This workshop will give you an introduction on

how to use this incredible freeware to become a master

at the recognition of stars and planets.

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OXFORD SCIENCE FAIR

AN EXCITING PROGRAMME OF HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES,

TALKS, DEBATES AND CREATIVE EVENTS

OXFORD CITY CENTRE, 25/26 JUNE

FLASH BANG CHEMISTRY SHOW

DATE/TIME: SATURDAY 25 JUNE, 13:30

VENUE: STORY MUSEUM, PEMBROKE STREET,

OXFORD

ADMISSION: £5/£4(CONC.)/£16(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 8+

Coloured flames,

speedy reactions,

liquid nitrogen and

hydrogen gas!

Probing the world

with diffraction and

spectroscopy, find

out how scientists

from the ISIS neutron and muon source

use a particle accelerator to explore the

properties of materials, and discover some

of the fascinating systems they study.

By Isis Neutron and Muon Source, STFC

INTERNAL SOUNDS:

LISTENING TO THE BODY

IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY

MEDICINE

DATE/TIME: SATURDAY 25 JUNE, 13:30

VENUE: OXFORD TOWN HALL, LONG ROOM

ADMISSION: £5/£4(CONC.)/£16(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

What would it

have been like

to visit your

physician in the

19th century?

Researcher

Melissa

Dickinson takes you on a time travel to

discover how the sounds of the body

helped determine medical diagnoses

thanks to surprising instruments.

UNCOVER THE HIDDEN:

A SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION

OF OLD MANUSCRIPTS

DATE/TIME: SATURDAY 25 JUNE, 13:00-17:00

VENUE: WESTON LIBRARY,

BROAD STREET, OXFORD

ADMISSION: FREE, DROP-IN

SUITABILITY: 14+

Discover how

cutting-edge

research led by

the Bodleian

Library is used to

uncover hidden

texts in their

treasures and identify pigments. Join Head

of Heritage Science, David Howell, and

photochemist Kate Nicholson, for a

demonstration of the use of hyperspectral

imaging and Raman spectroscopy.

CAN FIVE-A-DAY KEEP

DEMENTIA AWAY?

DATE/TIME: SATURDAY 25 JUNE, 15:00

VENUE: STORY MUSEUM, PEMBROKE STREET,

OXFORD

ADMISSION: £5/£4(CONC.)/£16(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

How does our lifestyle

affect the likelihood

of developing

dementia? What

choices can you

make to reduce the

risk of Alzheimer’s?

Join John Gallacher for a lively discussion

and Q&A on exciting new research that

indicates a healthier lifestyle – including

exercising, limited alcohol intake, and not

smoking – is more important than genetics

for cutting the risk of Alzheimer’s.

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OXFORD SCIENCE FAIR

CHASING THE BIG BANG

DATE/TIME: SATURDAY 25 JUNE, 15:00

VENUE:

OXFORD TOWN HALL, ASSEMBLY ROOM

ADMISSION: £5/£4(CONC.)/£16(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

How did the Universe begin? We are now on the hunt to

find signals from the Big Bang itself, looking for ripples in

space-time put in at the beginning of time. Engage in a

fascinating conversation with cosmologist Jo Dunkley,

and find out how new telescopes in Chile and the South

Pole might give us the answer!

HUMANS 2.0 – HOW

TO REGULATE HUMAN

ENHANCEMENT

TECHNOLOGIES?

DATE/TIME: SATURDAY 25 JUNE,

15:00

VENUE: OXFORD TOWN HALL,

LONG ROOM

ADMISSION: £5/£4(CONC.)/£16(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

Neural implants,

nanomedicine,

brain enhancing drugs,

genetic engineering…

Many human enhancement

technologies are emerging

and raise ethical and legal

challenges. This interactive

event will present scenarios

and take you on a

journey to the edge

of technologies

and ethics.

PHYSICS FAN FICTION

DATE/TIME: SATURDAY 25 JUNE,

16:30

VENUE: STORY MUSEUM,

PEMBROKE STREET,

OXFORD

ADMISSION: £5/£4(CONC.)/£16(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 16+

Apocalypses and politics go hand in hand as University

of Oxford physicist Fran Day takes a break from studying

particles that probably don’t exist to take to the stage in

a stand-up comedy spectacular that is witty, irreverent and

occasionally surreal. Equipped with bundles of laughs, what

better way is there to spend your Saturday afternoon?

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OXFORD SCIENCE FAIR

GROWING PLANTS ON MARS

DATE/TIME: SATURDAY 25 JUNE, 16:30

VENUE:

OXFORD TOWN HALL, ASSEMBLY

ROOM

ADMISSION: £5/£4(CONC.)/£16(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

Have you ever wondered if you could

really grow plants on Mars? You’ve seen

the movie, now come and explore the

science behind The Martian, with Kyle

Grant. His project specialises in the design

of bacteria and plants that can colonise

and survive in Martian and Lunar settings.

In collaboration with NASA, the project

hopes to one day provide crop plants and

engineered bacterial counterparts for the

support of astronauts on space missions.

WHY DO PEOPLE MIGRATE?

DATE/TIME: SATURDAY 25 JUNE, 17:00

VENUE: OXFORD TOWN HALL, LONG ROOM

ADMISSION: £5/£4(CONC.)/£16(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

Why do people move?

How do you decide

between the risk it takes

to make the journey,

and the opportunities it may bring you?

Based on a live experiment on Broad

Street (which took place earlier on

Saturday 25 June as part of the street

science programme), this discussion /

debate explores the personal

characteristics one needs to have

to become a migrant, and highlights

the latest research on migrations.

For more info on the live experiment,

see the CONTAINED booth on page 18.

©NASA

METHOD IN THE MOTION,

A DANCED LECTURE

DATE/TIME: SATURDAY 25 JUNE, 19:00

VENUE: OXFORD TOWN HALL, ASSEMBLY

ROOM

ADMISSION: £7/£5(CONC.)/£22(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

Come and be

part of a unique

evening

combining

scientific talks

with inspirational

dance. Hear

researchers

from the

Wellcome Trust Centre for Human

Genetics talk about their work as their

science is interpreted by FLUX, a dance

company specialising in translating

scientific principles into theatrical form.

A one-off event exploring curiosity and

creativity in their many and varied forms.

By the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics,

University of Oxford

CEILIDH: LET’S (DNA)CE!

DATE/TIME: SATURDAY 25 JUNE, 21:00-00:00

VENUE: ST EBBES SCHOOL HALL, WHITE HOUSE

RD, OXFORD

ADMISSION: £7/£5(CONC.)/£22(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

Move your

body with the

science ceilidh!

Is there a more

fun way to

do biology?

Edinburghbased

scientist

Lewis Hou and

his ceilidh band take you on an adventure

of laughter, science, and fun. Turn your

body into a molecule and dance a jig.

By the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics,

University of Oxford

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OXFORD SCIENCE FAIR

SCIENCE IN A CRISIS: FAST-FORWARDING

CLINICAL RESEARCH FOR EBOLA

DATE/TIME: SUNDAY 26 JUNE, 14:30

VENUE: STORY MUSEUM, PEMBROKE STREET, OXFORD

ADMISSION: £5/£4(CONC.)/£16(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

How do you assess potential treatments for a disease such

as Ebola, during the largest outbreak in history? Peter Horby’s

team run clinical trials under such challenging conditions.

Share this scientific and humanitarian mission, with insights

from clinical studies led in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

MINI PROFESSORS:

SCIENCE

WORKSHOPS

FOR 2-5 YEAR OLDS

DATE/TIME: SUNDAY 26 JUNE,

13:00, 14:30

VENUE: OXFORD TOWN HALL

ADMISSION: £3

SUITABILITY: 2-5

Children can easily absorb

information and learn

from an early age. This is

why the Mini Professors

are encouraged to

explore for themselves,

interact as much as

possible and wonder at

the world around them.

The workshop is packed

full of experiments, singing,

stories and loads of fun!

SEVEN NEW MAPS OF THE WORLD

DATE/TIME: SUNDAY 26 JUNE, 13:00

VENUE: STORY MUSEUM, PEMBROKE STREET, OXFORD

ADMISSION: £5/£4(CONC.)/£16(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 7+

Visualise the world in the 21st century in seven new maps!

Geographers Ben Hennig and Danny Dorling present some

of the key challenges and questions relating to the future

of people across the world, using a series of seven

thought-provoking maps about our lives on the planet.

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OXFORD SCIENCE FAIR

HENRY MOSELEY –

SCIENCE’S LOST HERO

DATE/TIME:

VENUE:

SUNDAY 26 JUNE,

18:00

PHOENIX

PICTUREHOUSE,

OXFORD

ADMISSION: £5/£4(CONC.)/£16(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

ACHIEVING NUCLEAR FUSION

DATE/TIME: SUNDAY 26 JUNE, 16:00

VENUE: STORY MUSEUM, PEMBROKE STREET, OXFORD

ADMISSION: £5/£4(CONC.)/£16(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

How to create in the lab the process taking place at

the heart of the stars? How to harvest this energy to

power the world? Nuclear fusion is arguably the hardest

technical challenge humanity works on at the moment.

The UK significantly contributes to this world-wide

research effort with the Culham Centre for Fusion

Energy. Get insights from the lab, and learn everything

you need to know about nuclear fusion!

Henry Moseley

is regarded as

one of the most

important

scientific heroes

that never was.

Just one year

after solving

one of chemistry’s greatest

conundrums, he was killed

in action at Gallipoli in World

War One. His contribution to

science is a lasting legacy,

and his work underpins one

of the key techniques used

in modern science to

understand the atomic

make-up of materials. This

film, created by Diamond

Light Source, celebrates his

life and work, and is followed

by a panel discussion with

leading scientists who rely

on Moseley’s legacy to carry

out their research today.

THE LIVING WELL TALES

DATE/TIME: SUNDAY 26 JUNE, 17:30

VENUE: STORY MUSEUM,

PEMBROKE STREET,

OXFORD

ADMISSION: £5/£4(CONC.)/£16(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

This storytelling event run by Living Well Oxford explores

the medical condition known as stroke. Hear moving

personal stories from patients, doctors and researchers,

as they describe their unique perspectives on the

illness. What does it feel like to have a stroke and what

can life be like afterwards? What more do we need to

learn about strokes? What are the most effective

treatments and is prevention better than cure?

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OXFORD SCIENCE FAIR

TOWN HALL PROGRAMME

EXPLORE SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY

AND HEALTH WITH EXCITING

ACTIVITIES FOR ALL!

SATURDAY 25 JUNE, 12PM-5PM

SUNDAY 26 JUNE, 1PM-5PM

FREE | DROP-IN

ARTIFICIAL

INTELLIGENCE

VS YOU

Can you beat a robot?

Join the tournament and

test your skills! Learn about

the basic building blocks

of robotics, and discover

how computers can see.

Department of Engineering

Science, University of Oxford

SOLVING

MOLECULAR JIGSAW

PUZZLES TO FIGHT

MALARIA

Grow protein crystals and

observe them with a

microscope, build 3D

models of proteins, and

play with protein structures

to discover how our body

fights malaria.

Department of Biochemistry,

University of Oxford

SCIENCE SATURDAY

CLUB LIVE

What child doesn't love

gunge, games and

making things? Bring them

along to Saturday Science

Club Live, where they can

create slime, solve puzzles

and make moving paper

dinosaurs.

Science Oxford

PEPTIDE LAUNCHING

CATAPULTS AND

EXOSOME EGGS

Penetrate the cell with a

precision catapult. Don’t

miss the target and learn

about gene therapy!

Decode a DNA message

and grasp the mysteries of

exosomes, viruses and

bacteria.

Department of Physiology,

Anatomy and Genetics,

University of Oxford

HOW OUR BODIES

ARE SHAPED

IN THE WOMB

Unravel one of the

greatest mysteries of life

and explore the

development of the

embryo in various animals

thanks to fantastic

animations, time lapse

movies and hands-on

activities.

Department of Physiology,

Anatomy and Genetics,

University of Oxford

GLOBAL RESEARCH

BATTLING GLOBAL

EPIDEMICS

Want to prevent the

spread of epidemics such

as the Ebola or Zika virus,

and learn about

treatments and research?

Wear protective

equipment, check your

hand hygiene with UV

light, and shoot the virus!

Centre for Tropical Medicine,

University of Oxford

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IMMTAC

TECHNOLOGY:

A NOVEL THERAPY

FOR CANCER

How can we help our own

immune system beat

cancer? Discover a novel

approach for cancer

treatment designed by

Milton Park Company

Immunocore Ltd.

Immunocore Ltd.

E-WASTE:

LET’S BE CLEVER!

Millions of tons of electronic

waste is discarded around

the world every year.

Discover how this issue

could be dealt with in

a CLEVER way!

Research group CLEVER

(Closed Loop Emotionally

Valuable E-waste Recovery)

KICK THE HABIT –

BUT WHAT’S THE

EVIDENCE?

What is in a cigarette?

What does smoking do to

the body? What are the

best strategies to prevent

and quit smoking?

Insightful demonstrations,

games and crafts.

Nuffield Department of

Primary Care Health Sciences,

University of Oxford

Saturday only

DISCOVERING NEW

DRUGS: A GLIMPSE

INTO THE OPEN

ACCESS MODEL

Why is discovering new

drugs often such a long

and difficult process?

Engage with the scientists

through games and

activities to learn why it is

so hard, and how it could

be made easier!

Nuffield Department of

Medicine, University of Oxford

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

AND 21ST CENTURY

INDUSTRIAL BIOTECH

Play with microbes,

discover synthetic biology

and unravel the mysteries

of the cell to produce

chemicals used in a vast

array of everyday objects.

Meet the scientists and

learn about careers!

Green Biologics Ltd

TRAIN YOUR BRAIN!

Train and test your brain

with this fun app

developed by Oxford

researchers. Memory,

language and attention

are screened by this tool

designed to help stroke

survivors recover.

Cognitive Neuropsychology

Centre, University of Oxford

HOW DO YOU BUILD

A QUANTUM

COMPUTER AND

HOW WILL IT CHANGE

YOUR LIFE?

How is Oxford going to

build one of the world’s

first quantum computers?

Take part in this

adventure! Learn how

a quantum computer

works, and what complex

problems they could help

us solve.

Department of Physics,

University of Oxford

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DIAMOND LIGHT

SOURCE – LIGHT FOR

SCIENCE

Get hands-on with light,

and understand how the

UK’s national synchrotron

facility works. Discover

how its light helps

researchers explore the

atomic structure of

everything from Martian

meteorites to viruses.

Diamond Light Source

EPIDEMIOLOGY IN

ACTION: THINK BIG

TO MAKE IT COUNT

How do you study health

at the scale of a large

population? Recruit

patients, search for

diseases and analyse your

data in a colourful game

designed to help you

understand the basics of

epidemiology.

Nuffield Department of

Population health,

University of Oxford

HOW TO BUILD AN

ANIMAL

How does a single cell

grow into a whole animal?

How do animals of

different shapes and sizes

develop? Explore the

stages of animal

development, and how

different animal shapes

evolved.

Oxford Brookes University

Saturday only

EATING OUR GRUBS!

Have you ever tried

eating bugs? Discover the

science and psychology

behind eating insects and

learn how they are good

for you and the

environment by taking on

an adventure! Who

knows? You might even

win a very special treat!

Oxford Brookes University

THE PSYCHSCIENCE

BOOTH: A WINDOW

INTO

PSYCHOLOGICAL

RESEARCH

Challenge your brain with

fun games! Will you be still

be able to write, read, or

see normally? To recover,

take a minute to

challenge your creativity,

practice mindfulness and

learn about the brain!

Oxford Brookes University

SUPERCONDUCTIVITY

AND FUN PHYSICS

PHENOMENA

Join the enthusiastic

engineers and scientists

from Siemens Magnet

Technology in lively

experiments. See how fun

science links to advanced

medical technologies

used in MRI machines

worldwide!

Siemens Magnet Technology

Saturday Only

VACCINES WORK

Vaccines have saved

millions of lives. Challenge

yourself in an exploration

of trials for new malaria

and typhoid vaccines,

and learn about vaccines

through fun props and

games!

Oxford Vaccine Group and

the Jenner Institute, University

of Oxford

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MAKING WAVES WITH

THE ISIS NEUTRON

AND MUON SOURCE

Waves are all around us!

See waves in action and

explore their strange

behaviour. Discover how

they are used to

understand the world we

live in, from spider silk to

superconductors.

ISIS Neutron and Muon

Source, RAL-STFC

Sunday Only

THE BRAIN GAME

Have you ever played

snakes & ladders or cards

in the neuroscience way?

Have a go at these fun

games designed to learn

about your brain!

Nuffield Department of

Clinical Neuroscience,

University of Oxford

Sunday only

BIOMEDICAL

IMAGING:

SNAPSHOTS OF LIFE

Discover how we can see

what cannot be seen with

microscopes, ultrasound,

and MRI machines. Have

a go at multiple fun

activities, and turn your

smartphone into a

microscope!

Oxford-Nottingham

Biomedical Imaging Centre

for Doctoral Training

FUSION AND

FISSION ENERGY

Have fun at the core of the

atom with games and

activities about nuclear

energy. How does fission

work? How do you achieve

fusion? Play with robots

and challenge yourself

with energetic games!

Culham Centre for Fusion

Energy & National Nuclear

Laboratory

GET TO KNOW

YOUR BRAIN

Peep into the mysteries of

the functioning of the

brain. Stimulate models of

brain cells, understand

senses, learn how to read

people’s expressions, and

get to read brainwaves!

Oxford Neuroscience,

University of Oxford

DEM BONES

AND MUSCLES

Could you perform

microscopic surgery? Test

your skills using our surgical

simulator. Then come and

explore a giant interactive

gut to find out about the

huge variety of bacteria

living in our bodies and

what role they play in our

health.

Nuffield Department of

Orthopaedics, Rheumatology

and Musculoskeletal Sciences,

University of Oxford

Sunday only

SCIENCE OF

ARCHAEOLOGY

FAMILY EVENT

Celebrate the launch of

Oxfordshire Science

Festival with our afternoon

family event. We will be

joined by Oxford

Archaeology, who

recently excavated the

Westgate centre. See 3D

computer generated

archaeological models

and have a go at being

an environmental

archaeologist yourself.

Museum of Oxford & Oxford

Archaeology

TO BOOK TICKETS VISIT: www.OxSciFest.org

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OXFORD SCIENCE FAIR

STREET SCIENCE PROGRAMME

BROAD STREET AND CORNMARKET STREET

SATURDAY 25 JUNE, 11PM-5PM / SUNDAY 26 JUNE, 1PM-5PM

OXFORD VOLCANO!

A giant volcano is about to

smoke on Broad Street! See

the demo, take part in

activities, and learn about

the science of volcanos and

how human populations

can adapt to the risk.

Department of Earth Sciences,

University of Oxford

MOONROCKS,

METEORITES, AND THE

HUNT FOR ALIENS

Have you ever held or seen

real Moon rocks or a piece

of the planet Mars? Don’t

miss your chance! And

don’t forget to program

robots to find out how

we can explore space.

STFC Rutherford Appleton

Laboratory

Saturday only, Cornmarket

Street, in front of Lush

OXFORD HANDS-ON

SCIENCE

Mini-explosions, hot air

balloons, DNA extraction

from kiwi fruits, and lots of

cuddly microbes! Don’t

miss out on the cocktail of

experiments from the

enthusiastic young

scientists from Oxford

Hands-On Science.

Sunday only, with activities on

Broad Street and on

Cornmarket Street, in front of

Lush and EE

TRAIN YOUR BRAIN!

Train and test your brain

with this fun app

developed by Oxford

researchers. Memory,

language and attention

are screened by this tool

designed to help stroke

survivors recover.

Cognitive Neuropsychology

Centre, University of Oxford

COLOURFUL

PATHOLOGY

Take a look at the secret

beauty of life. Explore the

causes of disease as seen

at the microscopic scale.

Find out how these

colourful images are used

by pathologists to help

look after us.

The Royal College of

Pathologists

Cornmarket Street, in front of

WHSmith

CONTAINED

Explore research about a

major society topic in an

immersive way, thanks to

a participatory and

surprising installation which

is also a live experiment.

IMI, University of Oxford &

Justice in Motion

Saturday only

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SUGAR, ENERGY

& DIABETES

Find out where your

pancreas is and what is

does. How does sugar

affect the body? Hear

how diabetes research in

Oxford is helping tackle

one of our biggest health

problems.

Oxford Centre for Diabetes,

Endocrinology & Metabolism

MAKE A

CHROMOSOME AND

A DNA BRACELET

Are you a sprinter or an

endurance athlete? Learn

about genetics and DNA

with fun activities!

Department of Physiology,

Anatomy and Genetics,

University of Oxford

Saturday only


INCREDIBLE INSECTS

Come and see some

spectacular insect

specimens and handle

live insects. Meet experts

to find out what insects

are, what they do and

why we couldn’t live

without them!

Oxford University Museum of

Natural History

Saturday only

PARTICLE PHYSICS

FUN!

Make friends with

electrons, strange quarks

and the Higgs boson. Build

the Universe from Lego

bricks. See the tracks of

cosmic rays in a cloud

chamber, and learn about

the LHC!

Department of Physics,

University of Oxford

CANCER RESEARCH

IN OXFORD

How can we beat

cancer? Hear insights from

Oxford researchers, and

learn how we can

understand cancer,

design new drugs and

overcome its resistance.

Department of Oncology,

University of Oxford

OPERATION

Try your hand at a giant

operation game, discover

some of the latest

operation technologies,

explore the human body

under the microscope

and learn about human

anatomy!

Nuffield Department of

Surgical Sciences, University

of Oxford

Saturday only

RECYCLE FOR

OXFORD

Still puzzled about whether

it’s recyclable or not? Put

some science into your

recycling, and get handson

with waste!

Oxford City Council

Saturday only

TICK-TOCK GOES

YOUR BODY CLOCK

Are you a lark or an owl?

Engage with researchers

to investigate the genetics

of our body clock, and

how it impacts our health.

MRC Harwell

Saturday only

RHYTHMS OF LIFE

Like to look at your

smartphone before

going to bed? Understand

how light affects sleep

and how sleep disruption

affects health.

Sleep and Circadian

Neurosciences Institute,

University of Oxford

Saturday only

KICK THE HABIT –

BUT WHAT’S THE

EVIDENCE?

What is in a cigarette?

What does smoking do to

the body? What are the

best strategies to prevent

and quit smoking?

Insightful demonstrations,

games and crafts.

Nuffield Department of

Primary Care Health Sciences,

University of Oxford

Sunday Only

SUPERCONDUCTIVITY

AND FUN PHYSICS

PHENOMENA

Join the enthusiastic

engineers and scientists

from Siemens Magnet

Technology in lively

experiments. See how fun

science links to advanced

medical technologies

used in MRI machines

worldwide!

Siemens Magnet Technology

Sunday Only

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MONDAY 27 JUNE

THE PHYSICS OF LIFE;

AN EXPLORATION OF

BIOLOGY ON THE

NANOSCALE

DATE/TIME: MONDAY 27 JUNE,

17:30 & 18:30

VENUE: DENYS WILKINSON

BUILDING, KEBLE

ROAD, OXFORD

ADMISSION: FREE; BOOK TICKETS

SUITABILITY: 14+

A ‘VERY SHORT

INTRODUCTION’ TO…

SEVERE MENTAL

ILLNESS

DATE/TIME: MONDAY 27 JUNE,

12:30-13:15

VENUE: BLACKWELL’S BOOK

SHOP, OXFORD

ADMISSION: FREE; DROP-IN

SUITABILITY: 14+

Explore mental health

questions with authors

of the ‘A very short

introduction’ series, and

researchers and health

practitioners from the

Oxford Academic

Health Science Network.

Today’s session:

Schizophrenia, psychotic

disorders, bipolar

disorders… get ‘a very

short introduction’ to

severe mental illness

and dive into a thoughtprovoking

discussion with

psychiatrist Tom Burns.

Immerse yourself in the

living nano-world with

Oxford physicists! A

showcase of biophysics

research with

demonstrations, stalls, flash

talks and lab tours. See

experimental equipment

in action and real working

labs. Interact with

scientists at the forefront

of research and get

insights into our current

understanding of the

physics of life, and how

these advances can

benefit medical research.

THE FUTURE OF

THE PROFESSIONS,

BY DANIEL SUSSKIND

DATE/TIME: MONDAY 27 JUNE,

19:00

VENUE: BLACKWELL’S BOOK

SHOP, OXFORD

ADMISSION: £5/£4(CONC.)/£16(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

In the era of the

development of

technologies like robotics

and artificial intelligence,

machines are more and

more capable of outperforming

human beings

at work tasks. What will

be the decline of today’s

professions? What are

the prospects for

employment, and

how will professions

like doctors, teachers,

architects, the clergy,

lawyers, and many others

adapt to this emerging

world? What could be the

new models to produce

and distribute expertise

in society?

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TUESDAY 28 JUNE

A ‘VERY SHORT

INTRODUCTION’ TO…

MENTAL HEALTH

DURING

ADOLESCENCE

DATE/TIME: TUESDAY 28 JUNE,

12:30-13:15

VENUE: BLACKWELL’S BOOK

SHOP, OXFORD

ADMISSION: FREE; DROP-IN

SUITABILITY: 14+

Explore mental health

questions with authors

of the ‘A very short

introduction’ series, and

researchers and health

practitioners from the

Oxford Academic Health

Science Network.

Today’s session: Get ‘a

very short introduction’

to mental health during

adolescence and dive

into a thought-provoking

discussion with psychiatrist

Belinda Lennox and

psychologist Peter Smith.

WHAT WE CANNOT

KNOW’, BY MARCUS

DU SAUTOY

DATE/TIME: TUESDAY 28 JUNE,

18:00

VENUE: BLACKWELL’S BOOK

SHOP, OXFORD

ADMISSION: £7/£5(CONC.)/£22(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

Britain’s most famous

mathematician explores

the limits of human

knowledge, to probe

whether there is anything

we truly cannot know.

Are there limits to what

we can discover

about our physical

Universe? Is time

before the Big Bang a

no go arena? Are there

ideas so complex that

they are beyond the

conception of our

finite human brains?

Are there true

statements that can

never be proved

true? Prepare to be

taken to the edge of

knowledge to find out

what we cannot know.

BOARD GAMES:

MOVERS AND SHAKERS

DATE/TIME: TUESDAY 28 JUNE,

19:30-22:30

VENUE: OLD FIRE STATION,

OXFORD

ADMISSION: £10/£8(CONC.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

Ludo, snakes & ladders and

draughts are all popular

pastimes, but in the past

couple of decades a new

generation of board games

from designers with

backgrounds in maths and

science has begun to break

the Monopoly monopoly.

Perhaps the most

successful of these is multi

award winning Reiner

Knizia, who joins

mathematician Katie

Steckles and board game

lover Quentin Cooper to

discuss how you develop a

game which is easy to

learn, hard to master and

fun to play time after time.

With a chance to have a

go at some of Reiner’s

latest creations and other

top games afterwards.

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WEDNESDAY 29 JUNE

A ‘VERY SHORT

INTRODUCTION’ TO…

DRUGS FOR MENTAL HEALTH

DATE/TIME: WEDNESDAY 29 JUNE, 12:30-13:15

VENUE: BLACKWELL’S BOOK SHOP, OXFORD

ADMISSION: FREE; DROP-IN

SUITABILITY: 14+

Explore mental health questions with

authors of the ‘A very short introduction’

series, and researchers and health

practitioners from the Oxford Academic

Health Science Network.

Today’s session: Drugs can help patients

suffering from various mental illnesses like

depression, anxiety or schizophrenia. How

do these drugs work in the brain? How to

ensure the safety of patients? Get ‘a

very short introduction’ to drugs for

psychotherapy,

and dive into a

thought-provoking

discussion with

pharmacologist

Les Iversen.

PUBLIC DEBATE - IS GENETIC

ENGINEERING OF HUMANS

ETHICALLY JUSTIFIED?

DATE/TIME: WEDNESDAY 29 JUNE, 17:00

VENUE: OXFORD TOWN HALL, ASSEMBLY ROOM

ADMISSION: £7/£5(CONC.)/£22(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

‘Gene-editing’

sounds like science

fiction, but today

it is an emerging

reality. This raises

hope for treating

medical problems,

but also opens

ethical quandaries

about equality, privacy, and personal

freedom. Discuss these questions with a

panel of experts including geneticist Andy

Greenfield, science fiction author Paul

McAuley and science policy advisor

Elizabeth Bohm.

Organised by the Oxford University Society for

Synthetic Biology and the Centre for Doctoral

Training in Synthetic Biology.

DISPERSING MISTS IN THE

PHANTOM MUSEUM

FROM RESEARCH TO INNOVATION

(AS PART OF VENTUREFEST OXFORD)

DATE/TIME: WEDNESDAY 29 JUNE, 15:00

VENUE:

KING’S CENTRE, OSNEY MEAD, OXFORD

ADMISSION: FOR VISITORS TO VENTUREFEST OXFORD

Oxfordshire is an

ecosystem of science

and enterprise with

cutting-edge research

and 1500 tech

companies. How does

academic research link to innovation?

How can innovators benefit more from

the world-class research taking place on

their doorstep?

With case studies from Harwell Campus

For more info visit VentureFestOxford.com.

DATE/TIME: WEDNESDAY 29 JUNE, 19:00

VENUE: OXFORD TOWN HALL,

ASSEMBLY ROOM

ADMISSION: £5/£4(CONC.)/£16(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

Barry Murnane

reveals the latest

discoveries from his

TORCH partnership

with the Science

Museum London,

using unusual objects from its collections

to tell the history of lung disease in the

19th century.

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THURSDAY 30 JUNE

BREATH AND BEING –

FROM MOLECULES

TO MEANING

A ‘VERY SHORT

INTRODUCTION’ TO…

MENTAL HEALTH

SERVICES

DATE/TIME: THURSDAY 30 JUNE,

12:30-13:15

VENUE: BLACKWELL’S BOOK

SHOP, OXFORD

ADMISSION: FREE; DROP-IN

SUITABILITY: 14+

Explore mental health

questions with authors of

the ‘A very short

introduction’ series, and

researchers and health

practitioners from the

Oxford Academic Health

Science Network.

Today’s session: Mental

health problems account

for nearly 40% of all illness

but only 13% of NHS funds

are devoted to their

treatment. How to best

address the mental health

challenge with limited

resources? Get ‘a very

short introduction’ to

mental health services,

and dive into a thoughtprovoking

discussion with

psychiatrist David Clark.

DATE/TIME: THURSDAY 30 JUNE,

18:30

VENUE: NEW BIOCHEMISTRY

BUILDING, DOROTHY

HODGKIN ROAD,

OXFORD

ADMISSION: £5/£4(CONC.)/£16(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

Join Embodied Science founder Elaine Westwick for an

intimate evening amongst the artwork in the atrium of

the New Biochemistry building. Come and explore your

own rhythms of breathing and learn about molecules

which breathe.

SHAKESPEARE’S TONIC

DATE/TIME: THURSDAY 30 JUNE, 19:30

VENUE: LADY MARGARET HALL, NORHAM GARDENS, OXFORD

ADMISSION: £10/£6(CONC.)

SUITABILITY: 16+

Shakespeare lived in

one of the most

unhealthy times and

places in history. Disease

was rife and hygiene

poor, physicians could

only be trained abroad,

and there was no such

thing as a public

medical lecture. Most

of Shakespeare’s own

insights into science

were learnt through

friends who would tell (or show!) him their discoveries.

This event will bring together professional actors from

Creation Theatre with medical historian Leah Astbury

and modern day researcher Martijn van de Bunt

to explore some of the medical references in

Shakespeare’s plays and how they relate to

contemporary science. From epilepsy to astrology,

malaria to anaesthesia, compare the science

of 400 years ago to the cutting edge research

we have today and discover what

has changed and what has

stayed the same.

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THURSDAY 30 JUNE

THE NEUROCOCKTAIL BAR

DATE/TIME: THURSDAY 30 JUNE, 19:30

VENUE: ST ALDATE’S TAVERN, OXFORD

ADMISSION: £5/£4(CONC.)/£16(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 18+

Explore the effects of alcohol on the brain in a

cocktail session hosted by neuroscientist Elizabeth

Tunbridge. Mix a cocktail to lubricate a discussion

on why drugs of abuse are pleasurable, and also

–by hijacking the brain’s pleasure pathways – why

they can become addictive. Explore how our

individual genetic make-up influences how our

brains respond to drugs of abuse. For those who

like their science shaken, and even stirred!

ORIGINS: THE SCIENTIFIC

STORY OF CREATION

DATE/TIME: THURSDAY 30 JUNE, 19:00

VENUE:

BLACKWELL’S BOOK SHOP, OXFORD

ADMISSION: £6/£4(CONC.)/£19(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

In one hour flat,

Jim Baggott tells

the story of our

universe, from

the Big Bang to

the emergence

of humans as

conscious

intelligent

beings, 13.8

billion years

later.

Physics,

cosmology and biology all combine in

his unique fast-paced exposition of

current scientific knowledge. This is the

story of the origins of everything: space,

time, energy, mass, light; galaxies, stars,

our Sun, our Earth, complex life,

ourselves. Myths and religions all have

their accounts of how we came to be.

Jim Baggott tells ‘the scientific story

of creation’.

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FRIDAY 1 JULY

A ‘VERY SHORT

INTRODUCTION’ TO… SLEEP

DATE/TIME: FRIDAY 1ST JULY, 12:30-13:15

VENUE:

BLACKWELL’S BOOK SHOP, OXFORD

ADMISSION: FREE; DROP-IN

SUITABILITY: 14+

Explore mental health

questions with authors of the

‘A very short introduction’

series, and researchers and

health practitioners from the

Oxford Academic Health Science Network.

Today’s session: Why do we need sleep?

What happens to our health when we

don’t get enough, and how does our

modern lifestyle impact our sleep quality?

What causes the major sleep disorders?

Get ‘a very short introduction’ to sleep and

dive into a thought-provoking discussion

with neuroscientist Russell Foster.

GRAVESTONE GEOLOGY TOUR

DATE/TIME: FRIDAY 1ST JULY, 13:30

VENUE: HOLYWELL CEMETERY, ST CROSS ROAD,

OXFORD

ADMISSION: FREE, DROP-IN

SUITABILITY: 14+

The wide range of rock types used for

gravestones means that cemeteries can be

geological treasure-troves – and provide a

wonderful introduction to geology and

other sciences. Social history comes into it

too. Join geologists Nina Morgan and Philip

Powell on a geological walk through

Holywell Cemetery, one of the cemeteries

described in their book, The Geology of

Oxford Gravestones. You'll never look at

cemeteries in the same way again!

EXPLORING THE PLANETS

BY FRED TAYLOR

DATE/TIME: FRIDAY 1ST JULY, 17:30

VENUE: BLACKWELL’S BOOK SHOP, OXFORD

ADMISSION: £6/£4(CONC.)/£19(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

Gain insights into the

space programme thanks

to astronomer Fred Taylor.

How can the motivations

of researchers and

politicians merge to generate the large

budgets required? How is the technology

planned and developed to make various

feats like landing on Mars or Titan

possible? How has the space programme

evolved during the last few decades?

CABARET OF THE ELEMENTS

DATE/TIME: FRIDAY 1ST JULY, 19:30-21:30

VENUE: GLEE CLUB, OXFORD

ADMISSION: £8/£5(CONC.)

SUITABILITY: 16+

Join us for a

sensational

evening of

cabaret - an

alchemy of

acts delivered

by Science Oxford’s network of creative

science performers. If you love science,

stage and stand up, you’ll be in your

element with our periodic table-themed

cabaret including science presenter and

geek songstress Helen Arney and

compered by award-winning science

communicator Jamie Gallagher.

See the everyday elements that make up

the world around us in a new light, watch

in disbelief as gold is created before your

eyes, and learn about their origins and

how they behave inside our bodies. Get

your tickets now - once they are gone

they argon!

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HEALTH DAY

HEALTH FAIR, DROP IN, FREE

TEMPLARS SQUARE SHOPPING CENTRE, OXFORD

SATURDAY 2 JULY, 11AM-5PM

BE A CANCER

DETECTIVE

Grab your pipette and get

a hands-on feel for what

cancer researchers do in

the lab. Learn about what

goes wrong with cells to

cause cancer, and

discover different cancer

therapies.

Nuffield Department of

Medicine, University of Oxford

STROKE: RISKS

AND PREVENTION

What causes stroke?

Could you be at risk?

What can you do to

reduce your risk? Come

and chat with us to find

out more.

Oxford Academic Health

Science Network

DIAMOND LIGHT

SOURCE – LIGHT FOR

SCIENCE

Get hands-on with light,

and understand how the

UK’s national synchrotron

facility works. Discover

how light helps

researchers explore the

atomic structure of

everything from Martian

meteorites to viruses.

Diamond Light Source

TRAIN YOUR BRAIN!

Train and test your brain

with this fun app

developed by Oxford

researchers. Memory,

language and attention

are screened by this tool

designed to help stroke

survivors recover.

Cognitive Neuropsychology

Centre, University of Oxford

SUGAR, ENERGY

& DIABETES

Find out where your

pancreas is and what it

does. How does sugar

affect the body? Hear how

diabetes research in Oxford

is helping tackle one of our

biggest health problems.

Oxford Centre for Diabetes,

Endocrinology & Metabolism

IMMTAC

TECHNOLOGY: A

NOVEL THERAPY FOR

CANCER

How can we help our own

immune system beat

cancer? Discover a novel

approach for cancer

treatment designed by

Milton Park Company

Immunocore Ltd.

Immunocore Ltd.

BREATHING WORKS

Lungs, lungs, lungs: what

do YOU know about your

lungs? Test them, play

straw ping pong football,

build a lung model, look

down the microscope,

talk to experts… breathe

science!

Nuffield Department of

Medicine, University of Oxford

GENES, TREES AND

DISEASES

Discover how sneaky viruses

hide from the immune

system. Find out how

unique you are compared

to other visitors with fun,

interactive games.

Nuffield Department of

Medicine, University of Oxford

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HEALTH DAY

DEM BONES &

MICROBES

Did you know… there are

206 bones in an adult

body? …in terms of genes

we are mostly made of

microbes? Meet our

researchers to learn more

while you test your surgical

skills, build your own giant

gut and experience the

difficulties of arthritic hands.

NDORMS, University of Oxford

YOUR GENES AND

YOUR HEALTH

How do changes in our

genetic code affect our

health? Build a 3D DNA

jigsaw puzzle and try some

fun activities to unravel

the mysteries of our DNA.

Wellcome Trust Centre for

Human Genetics, University

of Oxford

CANCER RESEARCH

IN OXFORD

How can we beat

cancer? Hear insights

from Oxford researchers,

and learn how we can

understand cancer,

design new drugs and

overcome its resistance.

Department of Oncology,

University of Oxford and

Cancer Research UK, Oxford

Centre

RHYTHMS OF LIFE

Like to look at your

smartphone before

going to bed? Understand

how light affects sleep

and how sleep disruption

affects health.

Sleep and Circadian

Neurosciences Institute,

University of Oxford

OXFORD

HANDS-ON SCIENCE

Mini-explosions, hot air

balloons, DNA extraction

from kiwi fruits, and lots

of cuddly microbes!

Don’t miss out the

cocktail of experiments

from the enthusiastic

young scientists from

Oxford Hands-On Science!

Oxford Hands-on Science

STEPPING TO THE BEAT

Are you rhythmic, fast,

accurate and do you

want to help children

around the UK who do not

possess super-human skills

like yours? Come and

participate in a unique

stepping task helping

children around the UK to

become excellent in sport!

Oxford Brookes University

TO BE OR NOT TO BE OCD

DATE/TIME: SATURDAY 2 JULY, 18:00

VENUE: ALBION BOOK SHOP, OXFORD

ADMISSION: £3

SUITABILITY: 14+

from it, followed by artist Dan Holloway’s

performance poetry inspired by his

own experience. This event is part of

the Storytelling Science project.

Imagine constantly worrying about

something that you know is not real, or

feel a deep anxiety that only repetitive

(and often embarrassing) behavior can

diminish. Now imagine this happening 24

hours a day for 365 days a year and you

can begin to understand what it might

be like to suffer from OCD. Join scientist

Paula Banca who will discuss the OCD

brain and why psychopaths never suffer

TO BOOK TICKETS VISIT: www.OxSciFest.org

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A CELEBRATION OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

IN ABINGDON-ON-THAMES

THE MUSIC

OF THE STARS

DATE/TIME:

VENUE:

28

WEDNESDAY 29 JUNE,

19:30

ABINGDON COUNTY

HALL MUSEUM

ADMISSION: £9/£7(CONC.)/£29(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

Open your senses to the

Universe in an evening of

exploration of the beauty

of the cosmos.

Contemplate the most

beautiful images, listen to

a quartet interpreting the

macrocosm, and set sail

on a journey with an

astrophysicist to

understand our place in

the Universe.

In association with the

Abingdon County Hall

Museum

SCIENCE-QUIZ

IN A PUB!

DATE/TIME: THURSDAY 30 JUNE,

21:00

VENUE: KING’S HEAD & BELL,

ABINGDON

ADMISSION: £1

SUITABILITY: 18+

Get ready for an evening

of fun and science! Team

up and explore science

fun facts with a series of

questions investigating

science and technology

in our everyday life and in

popular culture. You don’t

need to be a scientist

to win!

In association with

the ATOM Society

TO BOOK TICKETS VISIT: www.OxSciFest.org

NEW BODY PARTS

FOR OLD –

STEM CELLS AND

REGENERATIVE

MEDICINE

DATE/TIME: THURSDAY 30 JUNE,

19:00

VENUE: LARKMEAD SCHOOL,

ABINGDON

ADMISSION: £6/£4(CONC.)/£19(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

In the case of organ failure,

could we grow a repair kit

for our body? Discover how

recent breakthroughs in

regenerative medicine

raise hope of replacing a

damaged body part for a

new one. Should we worry

about the ethics of stem

cell technology? Discuss

these issues with experts

and peep into the

emerging future of

medicine.

In association with the

Oxford International

Biomedical Centre


The following programme is supported by

BIONIC HEARING:

THE SCIENCE AND

THE EXPERIENCE

DATE/TIME: SATURDAY 2 JULY,

19:00

VENUE: AMEY THEATRE,

ABINGDON

ADMISSION: £7/£5(CONC.)/£22(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

Ian Shipsey, Particle

Physicist and Professor of

Physics, Oxford University,

has been profoundly deaf

since 1989. In 2002 he heard

the voice of his daughter

for the first time thanks to a

cochlear implant. These

implants have instigated a

popular but controversial

revolution in the treatment

of deafness. Learn the

physiology of natural

hearing, the function of

cochlear implants, and

experience speech and

music heard through a

cochlear implant. Ian

Shipsey was one of the

leaders of the experiments

that discovered the Higgs

particle in 2012.

HUNTING THE HIGGS:

THE MINISTRY OF

SENSE

DATE/TIME: SUNDAY 3 JULY, 13:30

VENUE: AMEY THEATRE,

ABINGDON

ADMISSION: £7/£5(CONC.)/£22(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 12+

The discovery of the

Higgs Boson was one of

the greatest and most

exciting discoveries of

science – could you have

made it too? Join the hunt

for the Higgs in this highly

interactive comedy show

where you, the public, are

in charge of the Large

Hadron Collider. Using a

smartphone or tablet you

will have direct access to

LHC data, and complete

interactive games to help

solve problems and

analyse data. A unique,

entertaining, and very

hands-on show.

UK SCIENCE AND

TECHNOLOGY

POLICY: NICOLA

BLACKWOOD IN

CONVERSATION

WITH THE GUARDIAN

DATE/TIME: SUNDAY 3 JULY, 15:00

VENUE: AMEY THEATRE,

ABINGDON

ADMISSION: £7/£5(CONC.)/£22(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 16+

Nicola Blackwood, local

MP, is Chair of the Science

and Technology Committee

of the House of Commons.

Science and technology

are central for the

development of the region,

and fundamental for the

country: boosting

innovation and enterprise,

developing employment,

advancing health and

promoting knowledge.

Engage in a conversation

chaired by Hannah Devlin,

science correspondent for

the Guardian. Get insights

from your local MP and take

part in a reflection about

the future of science and

technology in the UK.

TO BOOK TICKETS VISIT: www.OxSciFest.org

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BORN AND MADE:

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

AND CREATIVE

WRITING

DATE/TIME: SUNDAY 3 JULY,

10:00-16:00

VENUE: ABINGDON

SCHOOL

ADMISSION: £5, BOOK ONLINE

SUITABILITY: 14-18

SMASHING PHYSICS: NEWS FROM THE

ENERGY FRONTIER

DATE/TIME: SUNDAY 3 JULY, 16:30

VENUE: AMEY THEATRE, ABINGDON

ADMISSION: £7/£5(CONC.)/£22(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 14+

Join engaging physicist and Guardian science blogger

Jon Butterworth in a lively and fun science adventure

about the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Share the

excitement of the discovery of the Higgs boson,

and the latest developments in the investigation

of the fabric of the Universe!

LEVEL UP HUMAN!

DATE/TIME: SUNDAY 3 JULY, 19:00

VENUE: AMEY THEATRE, ABINGDON

ADMISSION: £7/£5(CONC.)/£22(FAM.)

SUITABILITY: 16+

Love science? Love

writing? Learn about

synthetic biology and free

your creativity in this oneday

workshop designed

for young adults.

Interactive exercises with

synthetic biologists will

catch you up on the

latest discoveries and

exciting new

biotechnologies,

including the creation of

synthetic genomes and

biological nanomachines.

This will inspire an

exploration of bioethics

through creative writing

activities led by poet

Lewis Buxton, celebrating

the 200th anniversary of

Mary Shelley’s novel,

Frankenstein.

By the Centre for Doctoral

Training in Synthetic Biology

What are the next steps for human evolution? Natural

changes or technologies? Combining gene splicing and

trans-humanism, medical advancement and surgical

enhancement, biology and ambition, Level Up Human

takes a light hearted look at what it means to be human,

and what the alternatives might be. Join science writer

and TV presenter Simon Watt, and his guests, for the live

recording of an exciting podcast series.

30 TO BOOK TICKETS VISIT: www.OxSciFest.org


FRINGE EVENTS

HAVE A GO AT THESE EXCITING EVENTS TAKING

PLACE ON THE FRINGE OF THE OXFORDSHIRE

SCIENCE FESTIVAL!


FRINGE EVENTS


FRINGE EVENTS

SCIENCE

‘RADIOFESTIVAL

ON AIR WITH

BBC RADIO OXFORD

Enjoy the science festival

on the radio thanks to an

exciting programme with

BBC Radio Oxford.

More details at

www.OxSciFest.org

In association with Wats.On

Consultancy

DANCING THROUGH

EVOLUTION

DATE/TIME: SATURDAY 2 JULY,

16:00

VENUE: OXFORD UNIVERSITY

MUSEUM OF NATURAL

HISTORY

All life on earth exists

because of the replication

of DNA. It binds humans to

all other living things,

forming an evolutionary

tree of life. Join

evolutionary biologist Yan

Wong, choreographer

Joelle Pappas and

dancers to see and hear

how dance and evolution

share common motifs.

SCIENCE OF

ARCHAEOLOGY

FAMILY TRAIL

Find out about how we

keep the objects in the

Museum safe from decay

and damage; what

materials last best over

time, and other ways that

science and archaeology

come together in helping

us conserve and

understand the past. This

trail is part of the

Oxfordshire Science

Festival and the Festival of

Archaeology 2016.

Museum of Oxford. Available

from Museum Shop daily from

10am-4.30pm


OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY IS PROUD TO BE PART

OF THE OXFORDSHIRE SCIENCE FESTIVAL.

DON'T MISS OUT ON OUR RESEARCHERS IN THE

OXFORD SCIENCE FAIR ON SAT 25 AND SUN 26 JUNE

AND AT THE HEALTH FAIR ON SAT 2 JULY.

HOW TO BUILD AN ANIMAL

How does a single cell grow into a whole animal? How do animals of

different shapes and sizes develop? Explore the stages of animal

development, and how different animal forms evolved. Take a close

look at creepy crawlies with a scanning electron microscope.

Saturday only

STEPPING TO

THE BEAT

Are you rhythmic,

fast, accurate and

do you want to

help children

around the UK who

do not possess

super-human skills

like yours? Come

and participate in a

unique stepping

task helping

children around the

UK to become

excellent in sport!

THE PSYCHSCIENCE BOOTH:

A WINDOW INTO

PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH

Challenge your brain with fun games!

Will you still be able to write, read, or see

normally? To recover, take a minute to

challenge your creativity, practice

mindfulness and learn about the brain!

EATING OUR GRUBS!

Have you ever tried eating bugs? Discover

the science and psychology behind eating

insects and learn how they are good for you

and the environment by taking on an

adventure! Who knows? You might even

win a very special treat!

34 TO BOOK TICKETS VISIT: www.OxSciFest.org


ON THE FRINGE OF THE FESTIVAL

BROOKES

SCIENCE BAZAAR

SUMMER! ICE CREAM, SUN,

WATER BALLOON FUN, AND... SCIENCE!

On SATURDAY 9 JULY, 10.30AM – 4PM,

pack your family, flip flops, inflatable

crocodile and a sand bucket full of

curiosity and come to the Brookes

Science Bazaar at our Wheatley Campus.

Meet our researchers and enjoy a

free day of fun-filled summer science

activities. Brookes Science Bazaar 2016

offers a mix of new activities and old

favourites.

Learn everything about how cells grow

into animals. Take a close look at creepy

crawlies with a scanning electron

microscope. How would you feel about

eating insects for lunch? Make a DNA

smoothie from fruits, and take home a

DNA bracelet.

Are you rhythmic, accurate and fast?

Participate in research and help children

around the UK to regain their superhuman

skills. Find out why your skeleton

is amazing! Come and learn about all

the different bones in your body and

how they fit together. Take a tour inside

Simbulance, a teaching ambulance,

and experience what it’s like to be a

trainee paramedic.

Build a rocket car and see how far it

can fly! Test your knowledge in our Big

Science Quiz and compete against

other families.

Open to all, especially recommended

for children aged 5-12. Plenty of FREE

parking available.

How to find us: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/visit-us/wheatley-campus/

Follow us on Twitter: @ScienceBazaar

For more information on the Science Bazaar, visit:

http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/brookes-science-bazaar

Contact the Oxford Brookes Events Team:

Phone: +44 (0)1865 484864 Email: events@brookes.ac.uk

TO BOOK TICKETS VISIT: www.OxSciFest.org

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THANK YOU

(c) Vivacious Mel Photography

Oxfordshire Science Festival is a charity

dedicated to building a nationally

renowned science festival which

engages people in science by offering

accessible, creative, and relevant

activities to the broadest possible range

of people so that they will have a better

understanding of how science is part of,

and impacts on, their everyday life. We

provide a platform for the many

outstanding scientists and research

organisations in Oxfordshire to connect

with a diverse audience about what they

do, facilitate dialogue between scientists

and the public, and provide interactive

science events with broad and lasting

impact which will encourage increased

public engagement across the region.

With many thanks to the researchers,

scientists, educators, and communicators

whose work we are proud to help share,

connect, and engage to inspire inquiring

minds. Thank you to our partners,

supporters and friends of the Festival,

without whom this festival would not

be possible. Thank you to the cultural

community for your continued support

and guidance.

Thank you to our volunteers who donate

their time, expertise, and talent to help

make our vision a reality. And thank you

to the public – we hope that the 2016

Festival will excite you to get hands-on,

get involved, and get inspired.

38 TO BOOK TICKETS VISIT: www.OxSciFest.org


PARTNERS

Cognitive Neuropsychology Centre

Department of Biochemistry

Department of Experimental Psychology

Department of Oncology

Department of Paediatrics

Nuffield Department of Clinical

Neurosciences

Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics,

Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal

Science

Nuffield Department of Surgical Science

Sleep & Circadian

Neuroscience Institute

The Wellcome Trust Centre for

Human Genetics

IN KIND SUPPORT

SUPPORTERS & FRIENDS

The Guardian

The New Scientist

BBC Radio Oxford

ATOM Society

Story Museum

VentureFest Oxford

John Mason School

Eynsham School

The Friends of Abingdon

Centre for Doctoral Training in

Synthetic Biology

Oxford University Society

for Synthetic Biology

Wats.on Consultancy

EE, Cornmarket Street

WHSmith, Cornmarket Street

Lush, Cornmarket Street

MCS Arts Festival

Thames Water

Wantage Summer Festival

Oxford in June

Bodleian Libraries, University

of Oxford

Harwell Campus

ISIS Neutron & Muon Source

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