Brighton Science Festival

October 2018 Full Programme

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

Robogals Workshop Sussex EMEA- Creating tomorrow's engineers today

Interested in Robotics or going into Science Technology , Engineering or Maths? Come and join Robogals for a taster session in Robotics where we will be teaching you how to navigate our LEGO EV3 Mindstorms through a challenging maze and also how to command our NAO robots.

Brighton Youth Centre, 12.30pm – 1.15pm, 1.30pm – 2.15pm, 2.30pm – 3.15pm, 3.30pm – 4.15pm, 4.30pm – 5.00pm

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)

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

The Enormous Turnip

A magical twist on the classic folktale, told with puppetry, storytelling and live music, followed by a colourful kaleidoscope workshop.

Komedia, 11.00am

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

Vomiting Pumpkins!

Decorate your own ceramic pumpkin and make it vomit in our gruesome science experiment.

Artpod, 9.30am, 11am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm

Minecraft Dino Dig!

Delve into palaeontology with Minecraft EDU! Children will work together inside a Minecraft world to carefully uncover a fossil – what will be revealed?!

C:\ Side Quest, 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3pm

Kitchen Cupboard Chemistry

Masterchef meets molecules as the Royal Society of Chemistry throw open the kitchen cupboard and reveal the secret science within.

The Walrus, 10.30am – 11.30am, 12.30pm – 1.30pm, 2.30pm – 3.30pm

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

Blast Science: Steve’s Space-travaganza

Strap yourselves in and let’s explore space together. Join Steve from Blast Science and voyage round the planets, to the stars and beyond.

The Rialto Theatre, 11am, 1.30pm, 3pm

Kinetic carousels – make your own fun DIY toy that moves!

We love ‘toying with science’ so come along to the Toy Museum this October half-term and make a kinetic carousel which spins wildly, demonstrating potential and kinetic energy.

Brighton Toy and Model Museum, 2.00pm – 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

Horrid Hemoglobin – Make Your Own blood!

Learn about the body and concoct a vial of your own blood at this workshop for kids in a studio by the sea.

Artpod, 9.30am, 11am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm

Venture Coders: An Introduction to Hacking with Minecraft and Python

Learn how to hack Minecraft using the Python programming language and get to grips with Raspberry Pi computers.

C:\ Side Quest, 9.30am – 11.30am, 11.30am – 1.30pm, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Antweight Robot Wars

Design, decorate and drive a remote-controlled robot and compete against other teams in an antweight version of TV smash Robot Wars.

The Walrus, 10.00am – 11.30am, 12.15pm – 1.45pm, 3.00pm – 4.30pm

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 – Paper Plate Masks with Sarah Edmonds

Transform a paper plate into a wild face, using patterns devised by the epic illustrator Sarah Edmonds. From big cats to bright flamingos, there will be lots of creatures to choose from and decorate. All materials included.

The Barge at Brighton Marina, 11.30pm – 1pm

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

Sinister Suds! Spooky Soap

Come to our Studio by the Sea and create your own Sinister Suds spooky soap!

Artpod, 9.30am – 10.30am, 11.00am – 12.00pm, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, 2.30pm – 3.30pm, 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Venture Coders: An Introduction to Hacking with Minecraft and Python

Learn how to hack Minecraft using the Python programming language and get to grips with Raspberry Pi computers.

C:\ Side Quest, 9.30am – 11.30am, 11.30am – 1.30pm, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Bubble Trouble

A workshop exploring the wonderful science of bubbles led by Simon Fortune, an eccentric musical bubbleologist whose bubbly personality helps put the pop into popular science.

The Hanover Centre, 10.00am – 4.00pm (drop-in)

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

BlockBuilders Minecraft Workshops

Join us for our special workshops during the festival and explore the Water Cycle in Minecraft, or redesign Brighton on our Minecraft Map!

Brighton Youth Centre, 12.00pm – 1.30pm, 2.30pm – 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

DIY science with 3D printing

Come and play with 3D printed microscopes, see our research equipment at work and get inspired from our fully functioning 3D printers!

Dice Saloon, 5.00pm – 8.00pm

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

Spell binding Slime! The spookiest slime around

Come and stand around our giant cauldron, to create a enormous bowl of slime!

Artpod, 9.30am – 10.30am, 11.00am – 12.00pm, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, 2.30pm – 3.30pm, 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Building Bridges with Science Rocks

Help design a race track big enough to fill a hall, and construct it entirely out of newspaper.

The Hanover Centre, 10.30am – 4.00pm

Rocket Factory

Design and build your own rocket with TV’s Jon London. Learn about aerodynamics and give your creation a test flight on Brighton beach.

British Airways i360, 11am, 1pm, 3pm

BlockBuilders Minecraft Workshops

Join us for our special workshops during the festival and explore the Water Cycle in Minecraft, or redesign Brighton on our Minecraft Map!

Brighton Youth Centre, 12.00pm – 1.30pm, 2.30pm – 4.00pm

Wooden Automata Workshop

Explore the fascinating world of wooden automata by designing and building a machine of your own. A practical hands on workshop for 8-12 year olds led by Sarah Reast from Timberkits and Whirligig Toys.

C:\ Side Quest, 12.00pm – 2.30pm, 3.30pm – 6.00pm

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 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)

C:\ Side Quest, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Sphere Science presents: Pop Tubs

React a carbonate and an acid to make carbon dioxide to ‘pop’ the lid off a container. Repeat this at different temperatures to see how the speed of the reaction is affected.

The Walrus, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm

Rocket Factory

Design and build your own rocket with TV’s Jon London. Learn about aerodynamics and give your creation a test flight on Brighton beach.

British Airways i360, 11am, 1pm, 3pm

BlockBuilders Minecraft Workshops

Join us for our special workshops during the festival and explore the Water Cycle in Minecraft, or redesign Brighton on our Minecraft Map!

Brighton Youth Centre, 12.00pm – 1.30pm, 2.30pm – 4.00pm

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

Halloween Science Special: Creatures of the Dark

This Halloween enter the mysterious world of creatures that emerge in the dark. Discover the science of how things glow in the dark, meet a rescue animal from Sussex Bat Group* and see what eerie items can be found in owl pellets.

*subject to conditions on the day

Booth Museum, 10.30am – 4.00pm

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

Sunday Assembly: The Power of Crowds

The Sunday Assembly is a global network of non-religious gatherings which aims to celebrate life and inspire people through talks, readings, poems, silent contemplation and classic pop songs.

St Andrew’s Church, 11.00am – 12.15pm

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, 12.00pm – 6.00pm

Wednesday 31 October

Little Horrors Lab Experience Day.

Little Horrors Lab is a whole day dedicated to gruesome science on Halloween!

Artpod, 9.00am – 3.00PM

ONCA Kids Art Club: Fossils & Sea Cows

Come aboard for a creative workshop on a Barge at Brighton Marina; make a monoprint and create your own fossil of the future in this two hour workshop, with the chance to have your work shown alongside professional artists.

The Barge at Brighton Marina, 10.00am – 12.00pm

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