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Daresbury Laboratory's Talking Science is back - this time it's virtual!

23 October 2020

Daresbury Laboratory’s popular Talking Science programme is back and this time you can join virtually from the comfort of your own home. 

From kitchen experiments, to the unpredictability of the future, to discovering the consequences of drones in society – this exciting new online programme has something for everybody. The programme, which runs from October half term, is jam-packed with inspirational and age-appropriate free talks that will demonstrate how science affects every aspect of our lives. 

This year’s programme, which will be held on Zoom, kicks off with Dr Ken Farquhar and his interactive ‘KenMystery’ show, during which he will attempt some awesome science experiments from his home. The show is inspired by the ancient Greek gods and their belief that everything was made of, and explained by, the four elements: earth, water, air and fire.  

Zoom into some half term science fun

Follow along with Dr Ken this October half term and attempt some of his experiments at home. All you need is: an empty soda can, plastic drinking cup, breakfast cereal box-sized cardboard, scissors, a cup or jug of water and a large plastic bowl. Don’t worry if you prefer to do things in your own time, as you can recreate his experiments afterwards and become a scientist in your own home! 

The ‘KenMystery’ show is taking place on 28 October at 10.30am. The minimum age recommendation is eight-years-old, but younger children are welcome. Book your place via the link.

Future events in the series include: 

The future ain’t what it used to be (12 November 2020, 6pm). 

Join Dr Mark Lewney as he discusses how unpredictable the future can be. He will be looking at music of the spheres, exploring the fundamental unpredictability and how science and technology will change in the coming decades. 

(Minimum age recommendation for audience 10+) 

Drones: the brilliant, the bad and the beautiful (25 November 2020, 6pm). 

Professor Andy Miah (University of Salford) will be exploring the consequences of a society living amongst drones. Join him as he discusses how drones can be the most spectacular and amazing application, to the most destructive and find out how artificially intelligent robots will become a bigger part of our future. 

(Minimum age recommendation for audience 10+) 

Swarm engineering across scales: from flocking robots to nanomedicine (9 December 2020, 6pm).

Join Laura Gemmell (PhD Researcher, University of Bristol) as she discusses swarm engineering and how it allows us to make robots work in large numbers and tiny sizes. Learn how swarm strategies are inspired, how they are discovered through machine learning and crowdsourcing and what the design can be used for.

(Minimum age recommendation for audience 10+)

Wendy Cotterill, Senior Public Engagement Officer at Daresbury Laboratory (part of STFC), and organiser of the Talking Science events, said:

"I'm so excited about this year's Talking Science programme. Our talks always get booked up so quickly and going online will enable us to reach more people than ever. Now we will have the opportunity to reach not just the North West but also nationally and beyond!

“This year there really is something for everybody and we even have a special half term activity that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Our free Talking Science event gives everybody a chance to learn about science and expand their knowledge on the latest science and technological innovations. Participants will also get the chance to talk to the experts and ask questions at the end." 

Talking Science events are free, but pre-booking is required to secure your place.  Find full details on how to book at the Daresbury Laboratory Twitter and Facebook page.

Last updated: 23 October 2020

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