Brighton Science Festival 2014 | 6 Feb - 2 Mar 2014 | For all Sussex


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Brighton Science Festival is an established event in the UK science
festival calendar, and a firm fixture in the diaries of Sussex residents.
The Festival:
• deals with matters affecting everyone’s lives, by searching nationally for
trustworthy information, delivered by skilled communicators in an
accessible style
• attracts opinion leaders as our audience and opinion formers as our
• gives students and seekers of


Ready, Steady, Science!

Could you be the next Dr. Brian Cox? Or more of a Jim Alkhalili? At The Whirligig, hone your science communication skills, learn fascinating facts, and win incredible prizes. Wednesday 19 February – £1 on the door Whirligig, 9 Gardner Street, Brighton, BN1 1UP.
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The Tunnel of Love

All’s fair in love and war? Clearly not. Fairness is the absence of favouritism, whilst love frequently isn’t. Fairness takes a back seat for the lovelorn and the patriotic. Tease apart love and fairness and discover that love conquers all – even morality.
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Slime Mould

Did you know that bacteria are able to “talk” to each other, and to other living things? Simon Park delves into this invisible world, to reveal the importance of bacterial communication and discover how unique works of art can uncover this activity.
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The Argumentative Ape

Could arguing be good for you? It could be that a blazing argument takes us closer to the truth, and that we evolved the capacity to argue in order to help each other, share ideas, and correct the biases and errors that we bring to the debate table.

Don’t Get Funny With Our Money

Is the design of the banking system responsible for much of the unfairness in our economy and society? What is it about our current financial system that leads to the bottom 90% of the population transferring income and wealth to the top 10%? Can we make the world a fairer place by fixing money and banking?

Dame Wendy Hall

Professor of computer science at the University of Southampton, co-founder of the new research discipline of Web Science and an expert in Web and Internet technology.

Sadie Creese

Professor of cyber security in the department of computer science at Oxford University, director of Oxford’s Cyber Security Centre and director of the Global Centre for Cyber Security Capacity Building at the Oxford Martin School.

Brian Collins

Professor of engineering policy at University College London and head of the department of science, technology, engineering and public policy. He was previously chief scientific advisor to the Department of Transport and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

Michael Yip

Michael Yip

Cyber intelligence analyst at PwC within their Cyber Threat Detection and Response team. Currently undertaking a PhD in Web Science at University of Southampton, he was recently quoted in The Times for his work in relation to the dark web.

Simon Fanshawe

The panel will be chaired by the writer and broadcaster Simon Fanshawe, who frequently contributes to British newspapers, TV and radio.

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Small Wonders – Katie Goodwin (downstairs)

Small Wonders is a 3D abstract narrative short film by moving image artist Katie Goodwin. Follow microbiologist Terence Preston’s 50 year scientific and personal journey into discovering how single-celled organisms move at the air-water interface. The film provides a rare and charming insight into this hidden amoebae world comparing their alien existence to our human experience. The film uses as its centrepiece a hypnotic 16mm


Swimming With Plankton – Iona Scott (ground floor gallery)

An immersive underwater adventure into the microscopic world of plankton, originally commissioned for Kew Gardens as a permanent exhibit in 2004.
Imagine you have been shrunk to the size of a pinhead and dropped into the Sea, these are just a few of the millions of billions of creatures you would encounter drifting around you.
Visually stunning and yet also capable of producing half of


BIOPS (British Institute Of Posthuman Studies)

Co-directors Peter Brietbart & Marco Vega screen their short film ‘An Introduction To Transhumanism’.

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Dr Blay Whitby

Doctor at the Centre For Cognitive Science, University Of Sussex will discuss the possibility and/or absurdity of achieving immortality ‘in silico’ (as a computer program) via an uploading of consciousness.

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Prof Anil Seth

Professor of Conitive and Computational Neuroscience, University Of Sussex discusses neuroenhancement and cognitive neuroscience: enhancing the brain’s cognitive ability though technologies such as transcranial brain stimulation.

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David Pearce

Philosopher David Pearce presents an overview of Abolitionism: the ethical imperative for humans to work towards the abolition of suffering through the use of future medicine and technology.

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Spotty Spinny Wheel

The wheel is about two metres across. You stand in front of it and as it spins you fall over. You can’t help yourself. Really. Give it a go.

Electronic guitar maker

Learn about basic electronics and how to wire up your own musical instruments. Once you’ve constructed it you’ll get the chance to rock out and play some tunes. Arduinitar is a build-it-yourself electronic guitar, based around the Arduino component, created by the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London.

Cracking Mosaics

Christine Lloyd Walker shows basic mosaic techniques. Make a piece to photograph or take home. She demonstrates and advises on mosaic making and shows some finished pieces.

Felt Phones

Felt a Mobile Phone Pouch… using just wool, soap and water! Follow the wet felting technique to create a seamless case to fit your own phone with absolutely no gluing or sewing involved! Felt Artist Karen Rao will guide you through the feltmaking process.


Steady Hands

The fairground favourite: Easy to make, challenging to play, satisfying to win.

Light (Theremin) Fantastic

Normal theremins produce note by picking up changes in the magentic field caused by the player’s hand. Light theremins use light to the same effect. Simple, but eerie.

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Build Brighton

Gadget workshops all day with Brighton entrepreneurs at the cutting edge – and the soldering edge – of electronics.

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Cooperative maze

To get the ball through the maze is easy, until your friends help you. With four people trying to work together it is much more tricky.


Bubble Food

One of the most interesting tricks of Heston Blumenthal’s ‘molecular gastronomy’ cookery is a chemical process you can learn easily and use when you cook. Here Lynne Mason turns liquids into spheres like caviar.


Walkabout skeleton. Please don’t feed him.

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Giant Tangram

The mosaic puzzle with a kaleidoscope of solutions. Bigger and better than ever


Games Day at Latest

A chance to play some of the games Fun Learning keep on display, plus several more simple, strategic, educational and family games you can play at any time, including VAPOOSH! a brand new and exciting game that teaches times tables.
Monday 18th February, 11.00am-4.00pm The Latest Music Bar,  14-17 Manchester Street, Brighton, BN2 1TF. Tickets £3/1 on the door.

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Evolution of communication

Communication is so important that it began as soon as life evolved on the planet. Simon Park will show us how amoebas communicate. David Reby spotlights humanity’s first meaningful grunts. Jessica Horst discusses how children pick up language.

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From grunt to tweet

The history of language. Where words came from, how the alphabet happened and the story of printing.

How to Argue

Dan Jones shows the scientific evidence that we have evolved to argue, followed by  speed debating workshops to give us all some practice.

Now you see it, now you don’t

How many of our problems are cause by ‘sending the wrong signals’? Do we make ourselves clear? Are we talking gobbledegook? In particular, when illustrating our thoughts, do we draw the right pictures? Simon Rogers will show how infograms work. Myths Morphs and Memes explore how we think, through storytelling and activities.

Hidden messages

Can you communicate unconsciously? What do children pick up about fear from their parents? Sussex University’s Andy Field explores whether children could be less scared if we let them watch MORE scary television.
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