Brighton Science Festival

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Friday 26 October 2018

10.30am - 4.30pm

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Unit 11, Lower Promendade, Madeira Drive
Brighton, BN2 1ET
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A drop-in day at Brighton’s newest seaside cafe, with acres of tea and cake, tons of mosquitoes and a country mile of measurements. (The mosquitoes are safe; the measurers… it’s hard to tell)

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


Test your attractiveness to a cage of hungry mosquitoes

Ever wondered why mosquitoes seem to target you whilst your friends and family appear almost invisible to them? Want to know more about what you can do to protect yourself from their pesky bites? 

Then make sure to pop by the Bug Off! booth and talk to our enthusiastic and knowledgeable entomologists – they’ll be on hand to discuss everything from mosquito myth-busting and travel health advice to answering all your malaria-related questions.

What’s more, we’re offering you the chance to test your attractiveness to our live mosquitoes (safe in knowledge that they are sealed in our custom mozzie boxes). The test experiment involves comparing how many mosquitoes respond with biting behaviours when your forearm is placed over our sealed box. The results may well surprise you…

The Bug Off! team, from ARCTEC based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and supported by MASTA, are on a mission to raise awareness about the dangers of vector-borne diseases (those carried by mosquitoes, blackflies, ticks, mites, snails, etc) and the importance of having the right protection against mosquitoes.

So are you Bug Body Ready? Come and find out…


 ‘The Measure of All Things’ From the National Physical Laboratory

The NPL’s highly interactive stand lets you get to grips with the seven things against which all measurements are made. In ancient days measurements were pretty rough. A foot was literally the length of a foot, etc. Now we are sophisticated; we use the speed of light or the vibration of an atom. But the kilo stubbornly remains a lump of metal kept in a sealed container, within another one, within another, in France. Weirdly, it keeps changing weight. How can this be? Something must be done, and the NPL will show you what that will be.

10.30am – 4.30pm (drop-in).  Friday 26th October


Ages 7+, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult

C:\SIDE QUEST, Unit 11, Lower Promenade, Madiera Drive, Brighton BN2 1ET