Leeds Festival of Science 2018

Leeds Festival of Science returns this month to showcase plate tectonics, interactive space toys and the funny side of climate change.

Leeds Festival of Science logo 2018

The festival runs until the end of the March with events hosted by the University, Leeds City Museum, Lotherton and Café Scientifique.

Running alongside a schools programme, the festival’s public events will offer people a fun opportunity to engage with science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Dr Ruth Holland, one of the Leeds Festival of Science organisers from the University, says: “The festival is all about providing entertaining ways to get people excited about science, engineering and mathematics. We want to give everyone, especially children, new ways to explore and engage with science and fuel their natural curiosity.”

Some of the Leeds Festival of Science public events include:

Café Scientifique: Science slam – Look!: A quickfire science from six different scientist speakers who have developed interesting ways of presenting their data with some infographics conveying complex information in an arresting visual format.

8pm on Tuesday 20 March, Seven Arts

Are large databases good for your health?: Dr Paul Baxter will discuss how the real strength of databases comes when they are linked together to see the bigger picture, but how do we do this, and should we worry that our privacy is being invaded? In this talk he will look at these issues through examples ranging from goals in world cup football to survival following a heart attack.  

2.30 - 3.30pm on Wednesday 21 March, W P Milne Lecture

Be Curious 2018: We Are International: This year’s event will be a showcase of all things international: the impact of Leeds research on challenges that affect us all, the reach of our research on a global scale and the diversity of nationalities of people who are working together here at the University.  

10am - 4pm on Saturday 17 March

Filibuster: Comedy show by environmental economist Matt Winning, about how global warming is destroying both the planet and his life.

7.30 - 9pm on 22 March, Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre

To see the full list of Festival of Science events and for booking details, see the Festival website.

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