When: Saturday 6 September – Thursday 11 September, 10.00 - 17.00 Venue: Thinktank, Millennium Point Organised by: Aston University EBRI Free: Drop in, no booking required. More info here
Have you ever thought about what happens to the contents of your rubbish bin?
The things we throw away every day in the form of wastes and residues don’t have to end up on the rubbish tip! The European Bioenergy Research Institute will show you an alternative solution by using them to create energy. Be taken on a journey of discovery to see how developments in bioenergy technologies are proving there is a reliable, sustainable alternative to traditional fossil fuels.
When: Saturday 6 September, 13.00 - 14.30 Venue: Lecture Theatre S06, Poynting Physics Building, University of Birmingham Organised by: Aston University Free: book here
You have had a really good idea for a new business. What are you supposed to do next? Meet inventors and entrepreneurs Claire Howell, Mark Prince and Prof Michael Miodownik (contributor on ‘The Genius of Invention’ and Dara O’Briain’s ‘Science Club’) as they discuss how they bring their ideas to market. Question them on intellectual property, prototyping, using the law to protect ideas and making a successful business out of a really good idea.
When: Sunday 7 September, 13.30 - 14.30 Venue: Lecture Theatre 6, Arts Building, University of Birmingham Organised by: Aston University, ScienceGrrl Free: Book here
Are mathematicians born or made? Is the lack of girls studying maths subjects a brain problem or a social problem? This talk will look at how brain imaging techniques might help to explain the problem of gender differences in the world of mathematics. Measuring brain activity associated with psychological processes such as ‘mental rotation’, and social processes such as ‘stereotype threat’, could reveal some answers.
Free: book here
Can you imagine a world where your smartphone runs medical tests? Smartphones can record voice, activity, movement and location - data which can reveal signs of illness. Mathematical algorithms can detect problems like depression and Parkinson’s disease but would you trust your phone to be your GP?
When: Monday 8 September, 15.30 - 17.30 Venue: Vision Sciences Building: Aston University Organised by: Aston University; Zeiss Meditec UK Free: book here
Do you want to know if your diet is healthy and if it is protecting your eyes against disease? Find out by having your retinas scanned and photographed by Aston University eye care specialists and researchers.
Using imaging technology allows researchers to detect eye diseases well before they can be spotted using conventional examination techniques.
When: Tuesday 9 September, 13.30 - 14.30 Venue: Lecture Theatre 117, Physics West Building, University of Birmingham Organised by: Aston University Free: book here
Many of us now express all sorts of attitudes and opinions through internet blogs, forums and social media. All this data can be analysed to assess public opinions and sentiments over time. How does this happen and what can we learn from it? Come and find out what you are revealing online, how it is tracked and how the internet recommends things for you to do and buy, based on your virtual profile.
When: Tuesday 9 September, 15.30 - 17.30 Venue: Aston Brain Centre: Aston University, Birmingham Organised by: Aston University Free: Book here
The Aston Brain Centre is a clinical research environment for the study of the brain and its development. Delve into the inner workings of your brain with demonstrations of the latest technologies and see some intriguing brain teasing experiments designed by Aston University psychologists.
When: Wednesday 10 September, 10.00 - 11.00 Venue: Lecture Theatre 117, Physics West Building, University of Birmingham Organised by: Aston University Free: book here
The phrase ‘use it or lose it’ suggests that we have some control over the way we age. Find out some of the accumulating evidence on what can really have an impact on our intellect and wellbeing as we get older.
The G8 has committed to finding a cure or treatment for dementia. However, there is a little point developing new medicines if people forget to take them. This talk will consider the impact of dementia on medicine usage, the challenges of developing effective medicines and the response of the UK government to the G8’s target.
Cities need to work smarter and be more environmentally efficient to benefit citizens and businesses alike.
This showcase of exhibitions, site tours and lectures by Aston University, Birmingham City University, Millennium Point and the Smart City Alliance will demonstrate their research and innovations to create smarter, greener cities, with a keynote address by Dr Rick Robinson, Executive Architect of Smarter Cities, IBM.
Supported by: Mariec Curie Intra-European Post Doc Fellowship Free: book here
Biomaterials research is at the forefront of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, which uses ideas from medicine, biology, chemistry, materials science and engineering, to manage the interactions between living tissue and artificial materials. Come and find out about exciting advances in replacing or regenerating failed body parts – from heart valves to hip implants, from bone to skin to cartilage - and discuss the ethical and legal issues with the experts.
When: Wednesday 10 September, 15.30 - 17.30 Venue: Room MB574, Main Building, Aston University, Birmingham Organised by: Aston University Free: book here
Can a text message be as incriminating as a fingerprint? In the field of forensic linguistics it certainly can. Join us to find out how we have helped solve criminal cases, based on the evidence of language.
Considering the science, morality and economics of acting on global warming.
Join Dame Julia King to consider the options we have on mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change. What are the benefits of investing now against leaving things to the future, and indeed if we invest now, what should our investment priorities be? How does the science and technology engage with both economics and morality?
We live in a crowded world but in our minds we can often feel lonely and forgotten. GRiST is a web-based application that reconnects us within a caring and supportive network built on the advice of several thousand mental-health experts. Hear about GRiST, try it, and see how it creates a canopy of care to maintain the mental health and wellbeing of family, carers, friends, and colleagues.
Mobile networks on smartphones and tablets are straining our existing communications networks. If demand exceeds the bandwidth limit, then a capacity crunch could affect the future growth of the internet. Explore the impact of communication on society, and speculate on the future impact on society and the environment as the desire to remotely engage with others continues to grow.
Visualising DNA in your five-a-day. Have you ever wondered what DNA looks like? Would you like to find out? Come along to this amazing hands on exhibition/drop in activity session where using a simple technique and basic equipment, you will learn how to extract DNA from fruits such as bananas, apples or strawberries.
The science of medicines is more than a drug; the ingredients dictate how the drug acts. Like cooking, it's all in the recipe. Some liquids have interesting and fun properties, some go thinner when we stir (how would we get ketchup out the bottle?) whilst others go thicker (how would we walk on custard?). So come along and learn more on how we turn drugs into medicines and how we walk on custard.
Part of the British Science Festival in Birmingham from 6-11 September 2014
MATHS - YOU’RE HIRED!
Mathematics is everywhere, however, students often ask ‘What careers are there in Mathematics?’
In fact, studying mathematics seriously can prepare you for almost any career and this exciting interactive workshop - led by former ‘More Maths Grads’ National Director, Makhan Singh - will explore some of those wonderful and varied careers that studying maths can lead you into.
PROGRAMMING A WAY THROUGH A MAZE
Suitable for ages 14+, come along to this hands-on workshop where you can learn how to use and program an Arduino set, and understand the basics of electronics, sensors and programming. The final activity includes testing the sets by walking blindfolded in a room and trying to find your way out.