Otley Science Festival 2015: Monday 9 Nov – Sat 14 Nov

24 Aug

We have a fabulous week lined up for you. See below for the full line-up,  printed programmes will be available from the Courthouse in September:

Tickets are available now – have you got yours yet?

Click here for details of Schools Events

Otley Science Festival is Supported by:

Otley Town Partnership – Otley Town Council – Needham Geoscience – Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society – Institute of Physics – Rotary Club of Otley MICE Money given by Cllrs Colin Campbell, Ryk Downes and Sandy Lay.

 


Silly Science Toddler Time – Families

Mon 9 Nov 9.30 – 10.30 amSilly-1

It’s never too early to start having fun with science! Join us for a special under 5s science fair and let your child investigate with their senses and explore the scientific world around them.

Laid on specially for the Courthouse by the Otley Children’s Centre, this is a ticketed event with limited spaces, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

£3 per child, accompanying adults free.     Children 5 and under

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Silly Science Toddler Time – Groups

Mon 9 Nov 10.45 – 11.45 amSilly-1

A science fair specifically aimed at groups of under 5s from nurseries, play groups and child minders only.

Laid on specially for the Courthouse by the Otley Children’s Centre, this is a ticketed event with limited spaces, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

£3 per child, accompanying adults free.     Children 5 and under


Bubblology with Marty Jopson

Mon 9 Nov 7.30pmBubblology_1

Join Marty Jopson, the science expert on the BBC1 One Show as he peers into the slippery, soapy world of bubbles on a quest for the perfectly polyhedral bubble. What’s really going on in a bubble, where do the colours come from, how long can a bubble last and why do they burst?

There will be flaming bubbles, smokey bubbles, exploding bubbles, square bubbles and gargantuan monster bubbles – all in the name of science.
“You just made a scientist!”                                   Lancashire Science Festival, U.C.Lan

 £10/£8            Families and children aged 7 upwards.

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Science Festival Logo 2011 Festival Science Café

  Tues 10 Nov 7:30pm

The Otley Science Festival’s most popular event returns once more to bring you three speakers each with their own bite sized scientific speciality. Join us for a relaxed and fun evening suitable for all ages and all interests – here are the topics:

  • Science of the Past: A life & death in the Bronze Age
    – Cathy Batt, Senior Lecturer in Archaeological Sciences, Univ. of Bradford
  • Fishing for clouds: Searching the oceans for ice nucleating particles
    – Theo Wilson, Research Fellow, School of Earth & Environment, Univ. of Leeds
  • Up, up & away (and hopefully back again)
    – Phil Robertson, Head of Science, Otley All Saints School

With each speaker given a quarter of an hour to talk there will be plenty of time afterwards for you to further grill them with questions and mingle over a drink.

£4/£3 Adults and young people. Bar.

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Graphene and the Unexpected Science in a Pencil Line – Science Festival Lunch

Weds 11 Nov 12.30pm – 2.00pmgraphene

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch then sit back and listen to Dr. Aravind Vijayaraghavan, Lecturer in Nanomaterials at the University of Manchester, as he introduces you to graphene, the world’s first 2-dimensional material. Discover the superlative properties of graphene, its strength, conductivity, flexibility and transparency. Find out how it can be made, even by you, using a piece of pencil lead and a roll of sticky tape and crucially, hear about the exciting future prospects for this wonder material.

Tickets are limited and pre-booking is essential.

£6 including buffet lunch.

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Darwin’s Brilliant Blunder: A Guided Reading with Prof Gregory Radick

Wed 11, Thur 12, Fri 13 Nov, 6.30pm each evening  Charles Darwin

In 1868, Charles Darwin published his hypothesis of “pangenesis”.  Intended by Darwin to explain inheritance and related topics, it has gone down in history as one of Darwin’s biggest failures.  So what was pangenesis and why did Darwin back it?  This group, meeting three evenings in a row, will be a chance to read and discuss one of Darwin’s least understood but most fascinating ideas. One ticket covers attendance to all three, one hour long sessions.

Tickets are extremely limited, so please book early.

£10 . Adults and young people.

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The Element in the Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy about the Death and Life of Marie Curie

Wed 11 Nov 7.30pmMarie Curie_2

A new musical comedy about Marie Curie and her scientific research. Tangram Theatre’s John Hinton and Daniel Goldman bring their trademark irreverence, comedy songs and interactive on-stage experiments to explain radioactivity, X-Ray technology and the on-going search for a cancer cure. With an emphasis on making big ideas exciting, fun and accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The show explains the science behind Curie’s ground-breaking work, bringing her research right up to date, and exploring some of the most important scientific challenges of the modern day.

£12/£10                               Age 7 and upwards. Bar.

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The Theory of EverythingTheory of everything

Thur 12 Nov 7.45pm

A special Science Festival screening of The Theory of Everything by Otley Film Society. The Theory of Everything is the story of the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking, and Jane Wilde the arts student he fell in love with whilst studying at Cambridge in the 1960s. Over the course of their marriage as Stephen’s body collapsed and his academic renown soared, fault lines were exposed that tested the lineaments of their relationship and dramatically altered the course of both of their lives.

£4 / Film Society members free. Certificate 12A. Bar

Limited Tickets available in advance from The Courthouse


Bat Based Biology and the Bat Man of LeedsBats_2

Fri 13 Nov 7.30pm

Join Prof. John Altringham from Leeds University on journey from Wharfedale to the Western Ghats, and many places in between, to look at the fascinating biology of bats, the most successful and diverse of all mammals. How does echolocation work? Why do tequila drinkers love bats? What does the island of Krakatau have to do with bats? Why are some bats so ugly? Why is one species of bat worth 20 billion dollars a year to the US economy? Just some of the questions that will be answered.

£6/£4 Age 7 and upwards. Bar.

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Otley Science Fair

Sat 14 Nov 10am – 4pmScience-Fair

From physics to biology and engineering to wildlife, come along to the Otley Courthouse for this year’s even bigger science fair. With stalls, demonstrations, workshops and experiments to have a go at, there really is something for everyone. Join local groups, regional museums and national organisations showing off the best of hands-on science in Yorkshire.

Free Event.    Something for everyone.

 


The Science of Game of Thrones

Sat 14 Nov 7.30pm

Gamne_of_ThronesJoin us for an evening of Ice and Fire (though if we’re honest about it, mostly Fire). Award-winning comedian Helen Keen and explosive science communicator Ian Simmons from Newcastle’s Centre for Life present experiments and demonstrations exploring some of the burning issues raised by George R R Martin’s epic adventure. Are fire breathing dragons likely? What really happens when royal families inter-breed? Could real world pyromancers create green wildfire and destroy a fleet of ships? And can you actually, really, crush someone’s skull with your bare hands? Think you know the answers? Or, do you know nothing (Jon Snow)?

Come along either way, in costume if you want, we would love that!

£10/£8 Age 14 and upwards. Bar.

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Further information and tickets:

Tickets from www.otleycourthouse.org.uk

Box office 01943 467216 10am-4pm Mon-Sat inclusive

Where Concessionary Ticket prices are shown these apply to:

  • under 16s
  • those in receipt of benefits
  • those in full time education
  • Senior Citizens who are 60+ and retired

Buy in person from Otley Courthouse 10am-4pm Mon-Sat or on the door.

All events at Otley Courthouse

(unless otherwise specified):

Otley Courthouse Arts Centre,

Courthouse Street,

Otley,

West Yorks

LS21 3AN

Tel: 01943 467466

Science Fair 2015

22 Apr

Our online Expression of Interest form for the 2015 Science Fair is now closed. Any enquiries regarding the fair can be sent to fair@otleysciencefestival.co.uk .

New Year, New Programme

14 Feb

As we begin planning for the 2015 Science Festival in November, our programme for the year begins with a Science Café on 5th March.

Click here for details.

Otley Science Festival 2014: Monday 10 Nov – Sat 15 Nov

1 Sep

We have a fabulous week lined up for you. See below for the full line-up,  printed programmes will be available from the Courthouse in September:

Tickets are available now – have you got yours yet?

Click here for details of Schools Events

You can find a pdf copy of the programme here


Silly Science Toddler Time – Families

Mon 10 Nov 9.30 – 10.30 amSilly-1

Come along with your child and join in the fun science activities aimed specifically at the under 5s. From the earliest age children are natural scientists, using their senses to investigate and explore the world around them.

This is a ticketed event with limited spaces, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

£3 per child, accompanying adults free. Children 5 and under

Buy tickets >


Silly Science Toddler Time – Groups

Mon 10 Nov 10.45 – 11.45 amSilly-1

A science session for pre-booked groups of under 5s from nurseries, play groups and child minders only.

This is a ticketed event with limited spaces, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

£3 per child, accompanying adults free. Children 5 and under.


Record Breaking Science with Marty Jopson

Mon 10 Nov 7.30pmRecords_1

From the biggest bubbles you have every seen, to giant Slinkys and paper planes that fly over 70 metres, join The One Show’s Dr Marty Jopson as he delves into the science behind his record attempts. Find out just what it takes to be a Guinness World Record holder and how the formula for folding paper in half means one of Marty’s records will never be beaten.

Records may be set as the secrets of Marty’s success are revealed. Breaking world records has never been so scientific!

“I couldn’t believe my eyes!” Cheltenham Science Festival

 £9/£7 Families and children aged 7 upwards.

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Viewpoints on Sustainable Energy – Science Festival Lunch

Tues 11 Nov 12.30pm – 2.00pmLunch_5

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch then sit back and listen to Professor Andy Heyes, Chair in Energy Technology and Environment at the University of Leeds as he outlines the energy challenges facing society in the 21st century.

Andy will then give his own optimistic perspective on how we are going to solve them and prosper in the process. Tickets limited, pre-booking essential.

£6 including buffet lunch.

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Science Festival Logo 2011

Festival Science Café

Tue 11 Nov 7.30pm

Now in its seventh season, the 28th Otley Science Café promises to bring the usual eclectic mixture of scientific topics delivered in bite sized chunks for your entertainment. We will have our traditional trio of speakers, each given a quarter of an hour and plenty of time for you to ask questions and quiz them afterwards.

Join us for a relaxed and fun evening of science suitable for all ages and all interests.

£4/£3. Adults and young people. Bar

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In Mendel’s Garden:

A Guided Reading with
Professor Gregory Radick

Wed 12, Thur 13, Fri 14 Nov, 6.30pm each eveningMendel_1

In 1865, the monk Gregor Mendel lectured on some interesting experiments he had done with peas. Meeting over three consecutive nights, this group is a chance for anyone curious about Mendel or the science of genetics which he inspired to read and discuss his classic paper Experiments in Plant Hybridisation for themselves.

You can find a copy of the paper on the web here

One ticket covers attendance to all three,  hour long sessions. Tickets are extremely limited, so please book early.

£10 . Adults and young people.

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The Amazing World of Owls

Wed 12 Nov 7.30pmOwl_3

Join Ryan Stocks, Head Falconer at Owl Adventures as he presents a fascinating, interactive seminar, featuring live birds of prey, showcasing the world’s most magnificent examples of natural beauty. It’s your chance to meet some owls, and find out about their powerful senses and skills for surviving the harsh realities of the wild.

£6/£4 Age 10 and upwards. Bar.

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Gravity

Thur 13 Nov 7.45pm

Gravity_2A special Science Festival screening of Gravity by Otley Film Society. An epic science fiction movie starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a heart-pounding thriller. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first Shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The Shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiralling out into the blackness.

£4 / Film Society members free. Certificate 12A. Bar

Limited Tickets available in advance from The Courthouse


Robin Ince is (In and) Out of his Mind

Fri 14 Nov 7.30pmInce_1

Robin Ince – Sony Gold Award winning comedian and science enthusiast (Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage with Prof Brian Cox) – presents another in his line of unhinged stand up comic lectures.

Robin delves into his mind and possibly your mind too.

From Freud and Jung to Laing and Milgram, from rats after rewards to insanity cured by ink spots, Robin looks at the last 100 years of psychiatry, psychology and skewiff brain dabblings.

Just how hard is it being a self conscious being on planet earth?

Come along, he may cure you.

“Thoughtful, provocative and very funny.” The Times

£12/£10 Adults and young people. Bar.

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Otley Science Fair

Sat 15 Nov 10am – 4pmScience-Fair

Get down to this year’s Science Fair for stalls, demonstrations and great experiments to try. The Courthouse will be alive with local and regional groups showing off the best science Yorkshire has to offer. Have a look at a heart, investigate radio waves, grab some geology and play with some physics. Cakes, teas, coffees and lunch available in the café all day.

Free Event. Something for everyone.

Supported by:

Otley Town Partnership – Otley Town Council – Needham Geoscience -Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society Institute of Physics – Leeds Bradford Materials Engineering Society

Councillors C.Campbell, R.Downes + S.Lay though MICE Money.


Boomerangs, Bouncing Balls and Other Spinning Things

Sat 15 Nov 7.30pmhugh_hunt86

Join Dr. Hugh Hunt, the Cambridge University Engineer who brought you Dambusters, Colditz and the Great Escape on Channel 4 as he points out that spinning things are strange. Why does a spinning top stand up? How does a falling cat always manage to land on its feet? What do ice-skaters do to spin so fast?

The common thread is gyroscopes, but don’t worry, there won’t be any maths. There are even a few boomerangs – we’re hoping he doesn’t break any windows!

£9/£7 Adults and young people. Bar.

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Further information and tickets:

Tickets from www.otleycourthouse.org.uk

Box office 01943 467216 10am-4pm Mon-Sat inclusive

Where Concessionary Ticket prices are shown these apply to:

  • under 16s
  • those in receipt of benefits
  • those in full time education
  • Senior Citizens who are 60+ and retired

Buy in person from Otley Courthouse 10am-4pm Mon-Sat or on the door.

All events at Otley Courthouse

(unless otherwise specified):

Otley Courthouse Arts Centre,

Courthouse Street,

Otley,

West Yorks

LS21 3AN

Tel: 01943 467466

a Tweet from Marty

2 Apr

March Science Café Round-up

25 Mar
Another spectacular Science Café at the Courthouse, with speakers covering a gamut of subjects from medical imaging to mutating earthworms, via the ever-so-slightly topical subject of fracking.
Dr Liz Parvin of the Open University started us off gently by pointing out that most of us had never come across the incredibly useful method of medical imaging using radioactively labelled biological substances. Thankfully we now know that if we are offered a PET scan, it has nothing to do with veterinary problems. 
Our second speaker, Prof Andrew Heyes from the University of Leeds gave, what was in my opinion, the most coherent and accessible explanation of the issues surrounding fracking I have seen to date. Much to Andrew’s relief nobody tried to super-glue themselves to him either. 
Finally, the evening was brought to a close with a continuation of the geological theme by Prof Mark Hodson from the University of York and his peculiar, pallid earthworms. He presented a glorious example of natural selection in action to produce earthworms tolerant to what was previously assumed to be toxic levels of heavy metals in mine spoil heaps. 
Our thanks to all our speakers and to those of you who could attend. Next up is our Tour de France special with a cycling theme on Thursday 26th June 2014 at 7.30pm. Look forward to seeing you there.
Marty Jopson

Next Science Café

27 Feb

See the “What’s On” page for details of the next Science Café on Thursday 20th March at 7:30pm at Otley Courthouse

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