The 2014 Brighton Science Festival promises to liven up your drab February, whether you want to dip your toe or dive headfirst into the world of science.
Bright Sparks, a family fun, two days of exciting activities for curious minds, kicks off the Festival. Packed half term and evening programmes feature Raspberry Pi, Lego robots, Festival of the Spoken Nerd, and Wendy Hall on the dark side of the web, whilst B.Radical lets teens loose at the Brighton Youth Centre.
Two weeks and 60 events later sees the arrival of the Big Science Weekend. Saturday sees the hunt for the Higgs, a delve into disgust, and Simon Singh on the Simpsons, whilst on Sunday ‘All the Fun of the Unfair’ takes us on a rollercoaster ride through fairness, plus an evening performance from Adam Rutherford.
The family programme launches on 15 & 16 February with Bright Sparks family science at Hove Park Upper school for two days of scientific discovery, with 60 sparkling shows and activities including the captivating ‘Stuff Is Made Of Stuff’ show, giant prickly stick insects, gene decoding, 3D-printing, stands from local schools, and… sheep!
Steam ahead into half-term with workshops around central Brighton every day from the 17-21 February; staving off rainy day boredom.
The second weekend 22 & 23 February encourages us to B.Radical at the Brighton Youth Centre. For teens and all those hungry for a bigger challenge, Hydrogen car racing, zombies, arduino guitars and toy hacking with Exploring Senses battle for your attention. Elsewhere the Met Office takes over Lighthouse Gallery with a weekend-long Sci-Acti-Hack where scientists, designers and engineers are keen to try out YOUR ideas. Plus, see if you can spot the physics buskers popping up at Churchill Square on Saturday!
For adults, the festival programme is similarly packed. Simon Watt takes us further Inside Nature’s Giants; Trevor Cox opens your ears to the sonic wonderland of acoustics with humming dunes and creaking glaciers; and a new show from The Festival of the Spoken Nerd exposes us to ‘Full Frontal Nerdity’.
‘The Future of Us’ explores Transhumanism and the potential for an immortal human race, and Wendy Hall’s panel of cyber security experts discuss what right we have to internet privacy.
If you’re about town, pop along to Jubilee Square for medical professionals’ ‘Stories From The Front Line’, or discover the Microscopic Worlds exhibition at ONCA gallery.
Finally, Big Science Weekend on 1 & 2 March offers a smorgasbord of scientific nibbles. On Saturday Frank Close tells us why we should care about the Higgs Boson; Valerie Curtis discusses disgust; Martin Birchall brings regenerative medicine to life; and Andrea Sella reminds us of the strangeness of ice. On Saturday evening, Simon Singh enlightens us about Homer’s last theorem and other hidden maths from ‘The Simpsons’.
On Sunday there is the Sunday Assembly with Jim Al-Khalili, followed by ‘All the Fun of the Unfair’ with Caroline Lucas, Richard Wilkinson and others introducing us to fairness everywhere from bacteria to banking. If that doesn’t seem quite enough, Café Scientifique, Skeptics in the Pub, Brighton Museum Lates, Fabrica and Komedia also all play host to scientific high-jinks during the festival.
For the full programme and listings see brightonscience.com, or pick up a programme from local cafes and shops.