Talking Science at Daresbury Laboratory

Daresbury Talking Science 2018-19
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Public Engagement with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has always been important to us, and we love to talk about our world leading research, together with the impact science has on the world around us.

In order to do this, we host a monthly programme of fascinating public talks at Daresbury Laboratory called Talking Science. Our aims are to inspire and involve you, the public and schools in STEM. This year Daresbury are delighted to be celebrating 20 years of this popular series.

From September 2018 to June 2019 we will be taking our talks off campus and out into the local region whilst we have our lecture theatre refurbished (where the talks are normally held). What better way to celebrate our twentieth year than to bring Talking Science out to you! Please visit our website when you book to find out where each talk will be held and to get travel information for the different venues.

We do hope you can join us in finding out more about some of the amazing science and research that is currently happening in the world around us, from the deepest reaches of our oceans to the origins of our universe!

Book your place

It is essential that you book your place, as these talks are very popular and we do not want you to miss out. Please click here for booking form

The dates for each talk are listed in the online leaflet. Bookings open six weeks prior to the date the talks take place.

In the event that you have booked but are unable to attend a lecture or do not require your full allocation of tickets, please cancel your tickets on Eventbrite as follows:

  1. Log into your Eventbrite account
  2. Click on the ticket you no longer require
  3. Click ‘Cancel Order’ and confirm

Or if you prefer, please notify us by email.

Please note: if a lecture is shown as fully booked, Eventbrite can place you on the reserve list, if tickets become available you will receive a notification by email.
 

BOOKINGS OPEN
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Please Note: on this occasion the event will be managed by the Community Centres and there will be a charge of £1.00 per person. The price of the ticket will include the show plus refreshments.

Please pay for your ticket by calling at your chosen community centre as listed below.

2 April 2019 2:00 - 3:00pm, suitable for age 5+

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Science of the circus

Dr Ken Farqhuar
Location: Upton Community Centre, Hough Green Road, Hough Green, Widnes, WA8 4PF

 

Roll up, roll up and explore the science behind the thrills and spills of the circus. As Doctor Ken takes you on a voyage of discovery investigating how performers make use of many scientific principles in their tricks and stunts. Find out why jugglers love gravity, how clowns use the force like a Jedi and why unicyclists need to keep moving to stay still. It’s science but not as you may know it!

Come along and join us as we balance on a tightrope, learn to juggle on the moon and explore the forces of other circus props. Put your science hats on as this is going to be fun!

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Science Shows for Schools

 

BOOKINGS OPEN
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Please Note: on this occasion the event will be managed by the Community Centres and there will be a charge of £1.00 per person. The price of the ticket will include the show plus refreshments.

Please pay for your ticket by calling at your chosen community centre as listed below.

3 April 2019 2:00 - 3:00pm, suitable for age 5+

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Science of the circus

Dr Ken Farqhuar
Location: Castlefields Community Centre, Village Square, Castlefields, Runcorn, WA7 2ST
Limited Parking

 

Roll up, roll up and explore the science behind the thrills and spills of the circus. As Doctor Ken takes you on a voyage of discovery investigating how performers make use of many scientific principles in their tricks and stunts. Find out why jugglers love gravity, how clowns use the force like a Jedi and why unicyclists need to keep moving to stay still. It’s science but not as you may know it!

Come along and join us as we balance on a tightrope, learn to juggle on the moon and explore the forces of other circus props. Put your science hats on as this is going to be fun!

Useful information

Science Shows for Schools

 

BOOKINGS OPEN
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11 April 2019 13:00 - 15:00, suitable for age 6+

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Deep Ocean Lab
(Time includes pre-show activities for all the family from 1pm to 2pm, followed by the Deep Ocean Lab talk from 2pm to 3pm)

Greg Foot
Location: Bridge Suite, Halton Stadium, Lowerhouse Lane, WA8 7DZ

 

PLEASE NOTE THE SHOW IS FROM 2-3PM BUT THERE WILL BE PRE SHOW SCIENCE AND WELLBEING ACTIVITIES TAKING PLACE IN THE BRIDGE SUITE FROM 1PM-2PM FOR ALL THE FAMILY.

Show abstract: What happens as you dive further and further into the dark ocean?

Join YouTuber and BBC TV & Radio Presenter Greg Foot for the story of his scientific adventure to the deep.

With experiments and stunning videos, Greg will show you the high-tech submersibles that took him down a crazy 1000ft into the Twilight Zone. He’ll explain the importance of our oceans, and - thanks to Greg’s work with the Blue Planet II team - uncover the effect we’re having on them.

Plus you’ll get the chance to meet a creature from the deep!

He’ll explain the importance of our oceans, and - thanks to Greg’s work with the Blue Planet II team - uncover the effect we’re having on them. You’ll also get the chance to meet a creature from the deep!

Greg is a very experienced & successful Science Presenter who hosts multiple BBC series on TV & Radio, has over 25 million views on YouTube, and performs spectacular science demo shows on stages around the world.

His BBC Radio 4 series ‘The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?’, which investigates the facts behind the fads, has just aired, with the Extended Podcasts reaching #5 in the main iTunes chart.

Greg also writes, directs and presents social-first content for numerous corporate clients, travels the globe on scientific adventures, and delivers school talks, keynotes, and science communication training internationally.

He has a first class Natural Sciences degree from Cambridge University and a Public Engagement Fellowship from The Wellcome Trust.

More about Greg’s work

 

BOOKINGS OPEN
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23 April 2019 7:00 - 8:00pm, suitable for age 6+

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On you, inside you: the amazing and horrible world of parasites

Location: Widnes Viking Rugby Stadium, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 7DZ
Prof. Sheena Cruikshank

 

Parasites are the most common form of cellular life on our planet and can be defined as organisms that live in or on us, taking from us without giving anything back. Everything from mammals, insects to plants can be infected by parasites- so parasites are incredibly successful. They can hide from our body’s defences and may even change the behaviour of some of the animals they infect. They are also important as not only can they cause terrible diseases but they can be critical elements of food webs and contribute to biodiversity. Find out how parasites are so successful and how new scientific methods, that help us visualise parasites, are helping us unlock even more of their secrets.

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Prof. Sheena Cruikshank


BOOKINGS OPEN
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1 MAY 2019 7.00pm – audience 11+

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How do we know anything? And how can we know things better?

Location: UTC Warrington Dallam Ln, Warrington WA2 7TT
Dr Michael de Podesta, National Physical Laboratory

 

Measurement is at the heart of all science and engineering. And progress in science and engineering is often linked to progress in metrology – the science of measurement. After all, if we cannot measure something then we cannot begin to understand it (science) or improve it (engineering). In this talk, Michael will explain how the International System of Units works, and why, from May 2019 scientists are planning subtle but profound changes in the definitions of four of these base units – the kilogram, ampere, kelvin and mole.

Useful information

Dr Michael de Podesta

 

Future talks

Date Time Title / Presenter(s)
7 June 2019 7pm Characterizing the nano-world: materials through the eyes of electrons
    Prof. Quentin Ramasse and Demie Kepaptsoglou, SuperSTEM (EPSRC)

Last updated: 22 March 2019

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