Brighton Science Festival
6 February – 3 March
It is a point of reference for the popularization of science. It is also a meeting point for researchers, enthusiasts, schools and families. The Festival holds a variety of meetings, workshops, shows and conferences to talk about science in an innovative and engaging way with interactive events and cross sections.
This year the Festival straddles four weekends for four very good reasons. One of the most interesting theme in my opinion is the one on sexuality.
Firstly (Feb 9-10th) All of Life; Science has proved what we always knew: the most important thing in life is sex (Robin Ince’s Dirty Book Club , Friday Feb 8th and The Science of Sex, Saturday Feb 9th). We also celebrate the 60th anniversary of the unravelling of life’s blueprint, DNA. Like an bomb that won’t stop exploding, the double helix is still blowing our minds six decades later (DNA DAY, Sunday Feb 10th).
Secondly (Feb 16-17th) Bright Sparks weekend brings the family together for a stream of hands-on workshops and demos, every one an eye-popper. Hissing cockroaches, reptiles, sheep patting, edible geology, science magic or operate a giant drawing machine in an action packed weekend of live science.
Thirdly (Feb 23-24th) White Heat is designed with post-12s in mind – more demanding activities for a more demanding age. With zombies, practical jokes, vampires, robots, skateboard technology, The Incredible Machine and ingenious inventions in a weekend of creativity and scientific mayhem.
Finally (March 2-3rd) Le Geekend: The Big Science Weekend proves there’s nowhere in the world, or off it, which can’t astonish. Ben Goldacre, Richard Wiseman, entertainment from snails to Shakespeare with a sliver of infinity and a drizzle of interpretive dance thrown in for good measure.
From before the cradle till beyond the grave. The arc of the Festival begins with dirty books on Friday Feb 8th, then sex, then conception and the early years (weekend #1); childhood and discovery (weekend #2); adolescence (weekend #3); maturity, death … and finally ‘the afterlife’ with Paranormality on Sunday March 3rd (weekend #4).