Brighton Science Festival

12+ and Adult Programme 2018

Tuesday 16 October

Quintessence

Dystopian theatre show set 100 years in the future. Programmed with the complete works of Shakespeare, what could go wrong when AI decides to recreate humanity?

Sweet Werks, 6.30pm – 7.20pm

Wednesday 17 October

Quintessence

Dystopian theatre show set 100 years in the future. Programmed with the complete works of Shakespeare, what could go wrong when AI decides to recreate humanity?

Sweet Werks, 6.30pm – 7.20pm

Thursday 18 October

Nerd Nite Brighton: Science Festival Special

Three speakers convey their passion for a specialist subject in 20 minutes. This month the focus is on Islamic Architecture, Psychology and Taxidermy.

The Rialto Theatre, 7.30pm – 10.30pm

Saturday 20 October

People are Messy

A filmed theatre piece exploring issues of patient and public involvement in health research and the social and ethical issues that it raises.

The Brighthelm Centre, 10.00am – 12.30pm

Mathematical Recreations – Brighton MathsJam

A day of mathematical discovery and exploration. Explore a myriad of real and virtual puzzles with short presentations by mathematicians and geometrically inspired artists.

The Brighthelm Centre, 11.00am – 3.30pm

Rust & Stardust: We Shall Be Monsters

Ernest Frankenstein’s young wife Clara is desperate to have a child – even if she has to make it herself. Rust & Stardust present a theatrical puppet show about a feminine Frankenstein.

Komedia Studio, 4.00pm (doors 3.30pm)

Beach Hut Astronomy

Do you love the night sky? Are you captivated by the moon, stars and all things space? Join Brighton Astro for for some beach hut astronomy; it’s free, fun and family-friendly!

Beach Hut 282, 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Sunday 21 October

Fear Itself

Do you want to rid your life of fear? Then let Dr Amelia Greenwood free you from the ghosts of your past. A one-woman motivational talk gone horror from Danse Macabre Productions.

Sweet Werks, 9.30pm – 10.20pm

Monday 22 October

Pocket Science Funfair

All the fun of the fair, plus all the buzz of science. Use the fundamental forces of the Universe to bring a lavatory roll to life! Learn how to Splat That Rat! Build an Incredible Machine! Shrink the kids!

British Airways i360, 10.30am – 4.00pm

Fear Itself

Do you want to rid your life of fear? Then let Dr Amelia Greenwood free you from the ghosts of your past. A one-woman motivational talk gone horror from Danse Macabre Productions.

Sweet Werks, 9.30pm – 10.20pm

Tuesday 23 October

Pocket Science Funfair

All the fun of the fair, plus all the buzz of science. Use the fundamental forces of the Universe to bring a lavatory roll to life! Learn how to Splat That Rat! Build an Incredible Machine! Shrink the kids!

British Airways i360, 10.30am – 4.00pm

Art on the Barge – Wildlife Watercolour Workshop with Sarah Edmonds

Sarah Edmonds is known for her drawings and paintings of animals, birds and wild places. Come and find out about the techniques she uses to create her images, both in her studio and sketchbook, and then create your own!

The Barge at Brighton Marina, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Robin Ince – I’m A Joke And So Are You

Why do we make the choices we do in life? Where does anxiety come from? Where does imagination come from? Why are we like we are?

Ropetackle Arts Centre, 7.00pm

STEMbusters Meet-up

STEMbusters is an informal social meet up group for those involved with STEM/STEAM communication, outreach and public engagement activities in Brighton & Hove and the wider Sussex region.

C:\ Side Quest, 7pm

Wednesday 24 October

Pocket Science Funfair

All the fun of the fair, plus all the buzz of science. Use the fundamental forces of the Universe to bring a lavatory roll to life! Learn how to Splat That Rat! Build an Incredible Machine! Shrink the kids!

British Airways i360, 10.30am – 4.00pm

Live Brain Dissection

A hands-on demonstration by Dr Claire Smith, Head of Anatomy at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and Catherine Hennessy, Anatomy Teaching Fellow at Brighton Sussex Medical School.

Anatomy Laboratory, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

The Ugly Animal Roadshow

Biologist and science presenter Simon Watt celebrates the incredible biology of the animal kingdom’s most monstrous species.

Friends Meeting House, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Rust & Stardust: We Shall Be Monsters

Ernest Frankenstein’s young wife Clara is desperate to have a child – even if she has to make it herself. Rust & Stardust present a theatrical puppet show about a feminine Frankenstein.

Komedia Studio, 4.00pm (doors 3.30pm)

Look Up! with Simon Watt

TV science presenter Simon Watt explores some of the science behind space exploration with some experiments you can recreate at home.

Friends Meeting House, 4.00pm – 5.00pm

The Kurious Kabinet of Dr Katterfelto

Scientist and quack ‘Doctor’ Katterfelto toured the country, producing marvels, healing and possibly ripping people off.

See insects the size of dogs, marvel at the levitating balloon, tremble before the demonic cat.

Latest Music Bar, 7.30pm

Thursday 25 October

The Wrong Stuff

Join Ian B Dunne for a whistle-stop tour through the dead ends of science history as he revisits some of the wackier ideas disproved by the scientific method.

Latest Music Bar, 7.30pm

 

Friday 26 October

C:\ Side Science

A drop-in day at Brighton’s newest seaside cafe, with a selection of top science attractions, not to mention coffee and cake! 

C:\ Side Quest, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Genome editing in agriculture – a new approach or still GM?

The use of gene editing has revitalised research in both crop and animal agriculture aimed at introducing planned genetic changes. Is gene editing different from previous GM technologies? And what are the risks and benefits of these technologies in plant and animal breeding?

Sallis Benney Theatre, 7:30pm – 9.00pm

Saturday 27 October

Big Science Saturday

A day of direct and engaging talks aimed at adults, with a bill of top experts sharing science.

One Church, 10.00am – 6.00pm

Now That’s What I Call A Lot Of Songs About Science

Singer-songwriter John Hinton presents a world premiere of songs from his internationally acclaimed science comedies. Science has never sounded so good!

Komedia Studio, 4.00pm

Dead Talks – Ideas Worth Burying

Dead Talks celebrates the laughable and ludicrous ideas of the past that have fallen by the wayside of science and fringe thought.

Sallis Benney Theatre, 7.30pm – 9.00pm

 

Sunday 28 October

Terrarium Workshop – build your own self sustaining ecosystem

Imagine having a plant that needs very little care…that exists in its very own ecosystem!

Between Two Thorns, 11am – 1pm

The Monstrous Day

The prophecies of Mary Shelley in Frankenstein are coming to pass: designer babies, organ donation, transhumanism, robots, artificial intelligence and the cloud-monsters of Google and Facebook. Are they the fearsome monsters they seem to be, or will they be the beneficial forces they were designed to be? Will they make life easier, or take our jobs and enslave our minds?

Sallis Benney Theatre, 12.00am – 6.00pm

Saturday 3 November

Beatrice Von Preussen : Nature Table Art Workshop

Come and swirl a sinestral snail spiral! Let’s look at leaves, draw with rocks; cut, paint, print and stick. Together we can explore nature through art.

The Barge at Brighton Marina, 11.00am – 1.00pm

Sunday 4 November

Philosophy Cafe- Can Machines have Consciousness?

A Philosophical discussion on the nature of consciousness and whether this applicable to machines. Discussions are in small groups with a facilitator. Handouts are provided.

Cafe Moksha, 4.00pm – 6.00pm