Brighton Science Festival 2016 Highlights
February 2nd – 28th 2016
Brighton Science Festival 2016 features 70+ events taking place at nearly 40 venues around Brighton and beyond – from churches and galleries to a village pub and Brighton beach itself. Last year’s festival attracted 15,000 people and this year promises to be bigger than ever.
Festival Highlights – Adults’ Stuff
Friday 12 February
HERDING HEMINGWAY’S CATS
We’ve all heard of genes – but how do they work? Science presenters and real-life sisters, Dr Kat and Helen Arney set aside their shared genetic quirks and sibling rivalry to unpack some of the mysteries in our DNA.
Otherplace at The Basement. 7:30pm. £8 / £6. Ages 12+
Wednesday 17 February
LEVEL UP HUMAN – With Robin Ince, Simon Watt, Kat Arney and Jules Howard
A live entertainment podcast panel show about human advancement and enhancement – covering gene splicing, transhumanism and body modification. A lighthearted look at what it means to be human, and what the alternatives might be.
Sallis Benney Theatre. 7.30pm. £8 / £6. Ages 16+
Thursday 18 February
FESTIVAL OF THE SPOKEN NERD VS PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL
Science comedy phenomenon Festival of the Spoken Nerd joins forces with hip hop MC Professor Elemental to put the STEM into Steampunk and create an explosive mix of music and science, live on stage!
The Old Market. 8pm. £12 / £10. Ages 12+
Wednesday 24 February
WHY FACEBOOK WON’T GET YOU ANY MORE FRIENDS
Is there a limit to how many friends you can have? Robin Dunbar, Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Oxford, thinks 150 is the magic number. Trust him, he’s an ologist and the ‘Dunbar Number’ is now an established concept.
Sallis Benney Theatre. 7:30pm. £6 / £3. Ages 14+
Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 February
BIG SCIENCE WEEKEND
Our huge weekender is back with a full double dose of fascinating science from a vast variety of fields. Do animals cheat? Where did HIV come from? What do psychedelics tell us about our brains? Experts present their research in the theatre alongside a venue full of stands from top universities, giving you a chance to put professors in the hot seat.
Sallis Benney Theatre. 9:30am – 5:00pm. £9 / £6. Ages 16+
Festival Highlights – Kids’ Stuff
Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 February
Our ginormous weekend for families returns for its 12th year. Bright Sparks is a unique opportunity for parents and their children to share science with one another. From creepy crawlies and 3D printers to live lizards and science rappers, there’s something to inspire, fascinate and thrill every young mind.
10:00am – 5:00pm, Hove Park Upper School. £6 / £21 for family ticket. Ages 7-14
Tuesday 16 February
Ever wondered why bubbles appear rainbow coloured? Can you make different shaped bubbles? Why do bubbles pop? Take part in hands-on experiments to find out the answers to these questions. Hint: it may involve building an underwater vortex cannon.
10:00am – 4:00pm, The Synergy Centre. £3. All ages
Tuesday 16 February
BLAST SCIENCE PRESENTS: STAR FORCE FAMILY SCIENCE SHOW
An out-of-this-world interactive event featuring the start and end of the universe, a human orrery, a planetary pageant, the fabric of space time, oh, and a light-sabre battle. This show will unravel some of the mysteries of space and time and how to think like a true master of the force.
Various times, Otherplace at The Basement. £8 / £6. Ages 5-12
Friday 19 February
ZAP, CRACKLE & POP!
Join Dr Marty Jopson, the BBC One Show’s resident scientist as he takes a sparky journey through the story of how we tamed electricity, the most spectacular of nature’s forces. From the ancient Greeks, through Faraday’s genius, to the craziest of the mad scientists, Nikola Tesla, this show aims to put the awesome back into electricity. Expect a hair raising and electrifying performance.
11:00am & 2:00pm, The Brighthelm Centre. £10 / £8. Ages 7+
Sunday 21 February
PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD
How do you taste food? How many tastes are there? How can something be hot and cold at the same time? Build towers from spaghetti, cut funny shapes from vegetables, watch dancing custard and make ice cream using liquid nitrogen.
11:00am – 4:00pm, Sallis Benney Theatre. £2. All ages
For a full list of events at the Brighton Science Festival, check out their website here.