Friday, 7 October 2016

Sidmouth Science Festival starts today, Friday 7th October, with a packed programme of events

The fifth Science Festival starts up today:
Futures Forum: The fifth Sidmouth Science Festival >>> Friday 7th - Sunday 16th October

With a huge variety of events: for example:
Futures Forum: The Importance of Asking for Evidence >>> Sat 8th Oct @ the Sidmouth Science Festival

Today's Herald carries a full-page spread:

Sidmouth Science Festival has packed programme of events

06:55 07 October 2016

Pictures from previous Sidmouth Science Festival events

Sidmouth Science Festival, which begins today (Friday, October 7) and runs until next Sunday, October 16, promises another packed programme of events.

Pictures from previous Sidmouth Science Festival events
There will be loads of hands-on opportunities throughout town, more than 18 talks during the week, a Family Fun Day at the Norman Lockyer Observatory, 3D film, a huge iguanodon and an evening to tickle your taste buds.
To continue the dinosaur theme, Professor Don Porcelli will be talking about the ‘Origins of Planet Earth’ and Professor Mark Benton FRS will be giving a talk on ‘Fossil Reptiles of Devon and the World’s Greatest Mass Extinction’.
There is also a Geospectacular on Saturday, October 15.
The main events of the week include Science on the Prom on Sunday (October 8), with drop-in workshops and talks which reflect the seafront and well-being, as well as competitions, including pulling the lifeboat tractor.
Tuesday (October 11) is Ada Lovelace Day, so the speakers are both female. The Cafe Scientifique in the afternoon welcomes Liz O’Driscoll, from Exeter City Futures, speaking about ‘Innovating the Future’.
Dr Jacqueline Christmas, from the University of Exeter, will be giving a talk on ‘Artificial Intelligence’ - about revealing details at archeological sites which are invisible to the naked eye - at the Norman Lockyer Observatory at 7:30pm.
On Thursday (October 13) Simon Singh MBE, well-known as a maths and science writer, will be talking about his works in a talk entitled ‘From Theorems to Serums, From Cryptology to Cosmology…and the Simpsons.”
Super Science Saturday is on October 15, when the town is abuzz with all things scientific. Kennaway House is the hub with the schools’ art gallery, knitting, print workshop and the visiting iguanodon. Spread throughout the town, hidden away in many different venues, it is possible to discover how your brain reacts to wave power, how candy pops and more. Just follow the dinosaur footprints. Entertainment this year comes in the form of ‘Taste! An Evening of Sensory Experiences’, with the Fun Kitchen, wine tasting and more weird things to test out your senses.
The Norman Lockyer Observatory will host the Family Fun Day on Sunday, October 16, with the now-famous jet car races, robots, rockets, preschool fun and technology workshop, as well as planetarium talks, storytelling and lots to do and make.
As well as these public events, the science festival is providing hands-on activities in many schools and colleges in the area. These range from building a trebuchet to wildlife activity workshops.
These are only some of the events planned for the week. Add in more walks and talks, a visit to a brewery, art exhibitions, film shows and much more and people will be busy all week.
Visit www.sidmouthsciencefestival.org for more details and how to book some events.
The full programme is available online or to pick up at Kennaway House, Sidmouth Tourist Information Centre (am only) or the library.

Sidmouth Science Festival has packed programme of events - News - Sidmouth Herald

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