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Otley Science Festival: Sunday 3 Nov – Sat 9 Nov

6 Sep

OSF-13poster-smallThis year, our Science Festival Week kicks off a week and a day earlier than previously on Sunday 3rd November and goes through to Saturday 9th November. Tickets are going fast - have you got yours yet?

We have a fabulous week lined up for you. See below for the full line-up:

Click here for details of Schools Events;







Kids’ Film & Fun with Wall-E  - Sold Out

Sun 3 Nov 10.00am – 2.00pmWall-E

Come as a family and build a robot from recycled boxes, toilet rolls and milk bottle tops, followed by you and your newly created robots watching the children’s classic Wall-E on the big screen. All materials supplied. This is a ticketed event with limited spaces, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Lunch is not provided and children must be accompanied by an adult.
£4 per ticket, one accompanying adult free.  Children 4 to 14.

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Silly Science Toddler Time – Families

Mon 4 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. Children 5 and under.  Accompanying Adults Free

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Silly Science Toddler Time – Groups

Mon 4 Nov 10.45 – 11.45 amSilly-1

A science session for groups of under 5s from nurseries, play groups and child minders only.  Families should book for the 9:30 session above.

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

£3 per child. Children 5 and under.  Accompanying Adults Free


Marty Jopson – Zap Crackle and Pop

Mon 4 Nov 7.30pmMarty-Goggles

Join Dr Marty Jopson, Otley’s resident BBC One Show scientist as he takes a sparky journey through the story of electricity.

From the Ancient Greeks, through Faraday’s genius, Marty brings the story bang up to date with the latest high tech inventions like graphene. Expect a hair raising but electrifying performance.

★★★ “Full of ideas you can take home and set fire to” Fringe Guru, Edinburgh 

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

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Science Festival Logo 2011

Festival Science Cafe

Tue 5 Nov 7.30pm

To celebrate Bonfire Night, we have a specially themed Science Café with three speakers each spending 10 minutes talking on a firework related subject followed by our usual lively question and answer session. From natural fireworks to the epidemiology of firework injuries, there may even be a few, perfectly safe, indoor fireworks…

£4/£3 Adults and young people. Bar.

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In Search of the Northern Lights

- Science Festival Lunch

Wed 6 Nov 12.30pm – 2.00pmNorthern-Lights

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch then sit back and listen as Prof. Jim Wild, explores our planet’s intimate relationship with the Sun and reveals the science behind the northern lights. These mysterious dancing lights in the night sky have captivated observers since ancient times, but what causes these beautiful displays in the polar sky?

Please note that pre-booking of tickets is essential.

£6 including buffet lunch.

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Stefan Gates – Gastronaut Live

Fri 8 Nov 7.30pmStefan-Gates

CBBC’s Stefan Gates (Incredible Edibles, Gastronuts) performs a big, bad, explosive, world-changing food science show.

BEWARE: there will be flame-throwing and rockets, mind-blowing chemistry, lots of explosions and some very strange food indeed.

“Full of food, fun, science and brilliance!”  Cheltenham Science Festival

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

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Helen Keen – Robot Woman of TomorrowHelen-Keen

Fri 8 Nov 9.15pm

Creator of BBC Radio 4s hit space comedy It Is Rocket Science, award-winning comedian Helen Keen returns to Otley to bring us her esoteric mix of stand-up, science fiction and shadow puppetry in a show that will transport you into the exciting, inventive and tinfoil-y world of The Future (by at least an hour!).
“Perfect… highly intelligent, accessible stand-up”     Three Weeks

£9/£7 Adults only. Bar.

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Otley Science Fair

Sat 9 Nov 10am – 4pmScience-Fair

Get down to this year’s Science Fair for stalls, demonstrations and great experiments to try out. The Courthouse will be alive with local and regional groups showing off the best science Yorkshire has to offer.  Cakes, teas, coffees and lunch available in the café all day.

FREE ENTRY.
Small fee for some activities.     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.


Mike Dilger – The Trials and Tribulations of a Natural History Presenter

Sat 9 Nov 7.30pmMike-Dilger

Join the BBC natural history presenter, Mike Dilger on an illuminating and sideways look at what it takes to produce popular and accessible wildlife television. Featuring some clips from The One Show, Mike reveals what often goes on behind the scenes on location and spills the beans on everything you wanted to know about TV presenting but were too afraid to ask.

£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

Otley Science Festival: Mon 12 Nov – Sat 17 Nov 2012

6 Oct

Otley Science Festival 2012

This year, festival week kicks off on Monday 12th November and goes through to Saturday 17th November. Tickets are going fast - have you got yours yet?

We have a fabulous week lined up for you. See below for the full line-up:


Silly Science Toddler Time [SOLD OUT]

Mon 12 Nov 9.30 – 11.30 am

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. There’ll be lots to do from making “Ice Mountains” to exploring “Gloop”, and who can guess what’s inside the “Feely Boxes”?

£2 per child. Children 5 and under.

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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: A story told with Gravity – Marty Jopson [SOLD OUT]

Mon 12 Nov 7.30pm

Join Dr Marty Jopson, the BBC One Show’s resident scientist as he delves into the story of how Newton came up with his ideas on gravity. From the Ancient Greeks, through Newton’s genius, Marty brings the story bang up to date with the hunt for the Higgs boson. There will be flames and silly machines, and there will almost certainly be a mess.

★★★★ “Full of ideas you can take home and set fire to” Fringe Guru, Edinburgh 2011

£8/£6 Families and children aged 7 upwards. Bar.

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Festival Science Cafe

Tue 13 Nov 7.30pm

Your chance to hear three top scientists as they are given 10 minutes each to explain their theories, then you get to pick their brains in our ever popular Science Cafe. From the elements in your phone to artificial intelligence, and Bean physics.

  • Dr. John Baruch asks “Is there Life out There?”
  • Prof. Robert Cywinski tackles “Could Thorium save the planet?”
  • Dr. Hywell Jones illuminates “What things are made of.”

£4/£3 Adults and young people. Bar.

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Astronomy on the Beaches of Hawaii – Science Festival Lunch [SOLD OUT]

Wed 14 Nov 12.30-2pm

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch then sit back and listen to Prof. Ian Robson as he explains why Hawaii is renowned not only for its volcanoes but also as home to the world’s largest array of telescopes on the 14,000ft high summit of Mauna Kea. Professor Robson has been observing there for 40 years and was Director of the UK’s James Clerk Maxwell Telescope for a decade.

£5 including buffet lunch.

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Science Book Club – Celebrating Alan Turing’s birthday

Wed 14 Nov 8pm

The Science Book Club returns to the Fleece pub in Otley. Meet like-minded individuals to discuss any book that fits in our topic. This time, as a celebration of Alan Turing’s birthday, the club will be discussing computing and artificial-intelligence. No need to bring a book, just come along and join in the discussion.

Location: The Fleece Pub, Westgate, Otley.

Free. Adults only.


Piled Higher and Deeper: Life (or the lack thereof) in Academia

Thu 15 Nov 7.30pm

The film of the popular online comic strip by Jorge Cham. Filmed on location at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), it follows four graduate students (Cecilia, Mike, Tajel and the ‘Nameless Grad Student’) as they struggle to find balance between research, teaching and their personal lives with humour and heart. Essential viewing for all academics and self-pitying phd students out there!

£3 Adults and young people. Bar.

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Engineering, Mathematics and the Nude – Dr Allan McRobie

Fri 16 Nov 7.30pm

A gentle look at how the mathematics that is used to study the stability of ships, oil rigs and building columns can not only be used to weigh distant galaxies but, rather unexpectedly, can also give new insights into art, and particularly the portrayal of the nude.

Warning: this talk contains mathematics and nudity

£7/£5 Adults only. Bar.

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Otley Science Fair

Sat 17 Nov 10am-4pm

Get down to this year’s Science Fair for stalls, demonstrations and great experiments to try out. Have a go at programming a robot and pass the time of day with Joseph Priestly, discoverer of oxygen. Cakes, teas, coffees and lunch available in the café all day.

Small fee for some activities. Something for everyone.


Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Science – Prof. Jim Al-Khalili [SOLD OUT]

Sat 17 Nov 7.30pm

Why does it get dark at night? Where are all the aliens? And is Schrödinger’s cat dead or alive? The BBC’s Jim Al-Khalili helps us get our heads around some of the world’s most mind-boggling paradoxes. Throughout history, science has been littered with famous paradoxes. All can be resolved with a little thought and lots of mind-bending fun, and each tell us a profound truth about how our universe works.

£8/£6 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
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

Otley Science Café – September Roundup

6 Oct

September’s Cafe was a success and we once again enjoyed 3 fabulous speakers:

  • The Uncanny Valley - Angela Tinwell (Bolton University)
  • Next Generation Cancer Medicines - Kamyar Afarinkia (Bradford University)
  • New semi-conductors - Luke Bawazer (Leeds University)

One of our speakers, Dr Kamyar Afarinkia, who gave a very interesting talk about Next Generation Cancer Medicines, made a video of the evening:

 

Plus, here are a few of our snaps from the evening:

Angela Tinwell: The Uncanny ValleyAngela Tinwell: The Uncanny ValleyAngela Tinwell: The Uncanny ValleyLuke Bawazer: New Semi-ConductorsKamyar Afarinkia: Next Generation Cancer Medicines

If you missed this cafe, there’s another one coming up very shortly on Tuesday 13th November as part of our week long Science Festival.

Next Science Cafe – Thurs 20th September

4 Sep

We are excited to announce an exciting line up for the next Science Café which takes place on Thursday September 20th at 7.30pm at Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street Otley. Don’t miss the opportunity to fire questions at top scientists from around the region as they set out to encapsulate a key idea in just 10-15 mins and 20 slides.

Angela Tinwell from the University of Bolton will talk about ways that computer generated imagery makes us uncomfortable, in the Uncanny Valley. Kamyar Afarinkia of the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics at the University of Bradford will discuss where the next generation of cancer medicines are going to come from. And Luke Bawazer of the University of Leeds will wonder about the impact of nanoparticles on all our lives.

Marty Jopson of BBC TV’s the One Show who helps organise the event said: ‘We’ve got a great line up and it’s always a really fun and inspiring evening. Everyone’s welcome, whether you’re a beginner, an expert or still at school. Science Cafe audience members are aged from 9-90!’

Tickets: £4/£3 concessions, available in person from Otley Courthouse in advance or on the door, by phone from the Courthouse Box Office- 01943 467466, or online from the Courthouse website at www.otleycourthouse.org.uk

Otley Science Cafe – June Roundup

24 Jun

June’s café went down a storm with thanks to our 3 fabulous speakers for such an interesting and insightful evening. Some photos from the event:

… and don’t forget it’s the next Science Book Group at 8pm on Tuesday 26th June at the Fleece pub in Otley. The theme is “Sports Science” so if you fancy a pint and a natter, grab a (vaguely relevant, optional) book and bring it down…

Next Science Café: Thursday June 21st

28 May

We are pleased to announce an exciting line up for our next Science Café, taking place on Thursday June 21st at 7.30pm at Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street Otley. Don’t miss the opportunity to fire questions at top scientists from around the region as they set out to encapsulate a key idea in just 10-15 mins and 20 slides. The line up:

  • The strange and scary new world of biological weapons and how to control them - Judi Sture (of the Bradford Disarmament Research Centre and Head of the Graduate School at Bradford University)
  • Climate change: Role of short lived forcings -Mat Evans (Visiting Academic at the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds & Prof of Atmospheric Chemistry Modelling at the University of York)
  • Primate communication in zoos and in the wild and what this can tell us about human behaviour - Katie Slocombe (Lecturer in Psychology at the University of York)

Marty Jopson of BBC TV’s the One Show who helps organise the event said:

We’ve got a great line up of enthusiasts so we’re expecting a really fun and inspiring evening. With ethics, the atmosphere and how chimps chat there’s something for everyone and everyone’s welcome! It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, an expert or still at school, aged 9 or 90 or anywhere in between, come along to the Science Café!

Tickets: £4/£3 concessions, available in person from Otley Courthouse in advance or on the door, by phone from the Courthouse Box Office- 01943 467466, or online from the Courthouse website at www.otleycourthouse.org.uk

Next Science Café: Thurs 15th March

19 Feb

We’re excited to announce our first Science Café of 2012 which takes place on Thursday March 15th at 7.30pm at Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley. Don’t miss the opportunity to fire questions at top scientists from around the region as they set out to encapsulate a key idea in just 10-15 mins and 20 slides.

We have 3 fabulous speakers lined up who will be talking about:

  • “Air pollution & how scientists used lichens to monitor the impact of the Chernobyl disaster” with Mark Seaward, Honorary Research Professor at Bradford University & Honorary Professor at Lincoln University
  • “How genetics are changing the ways we can treat cancer” with Otley based geneticist Paul Roberts, Consultant Clinical Scientist at the Yorkshire Cytogenetics Unit at St James Hospital Leeds
  • Life Online & the History of the Internet” with Tom Woolley, Curator of New Media at the National Media Museum

Marty Jopson of BBC TV’s the One Show who helps organise the Café said:

‘We’ve got a great line up and it’s always a really fun and inspiring evening. Everyone’s welcome, whether you’re a beginner, an expert or still at school. Science Cafe audience members are aged from 9-90!’

Tickets: £4/£3 concessions, available in person from Otley Courthouse in advance or on the door, by phone from the Courthouse Box Office- 01943 467466, or online from the Courthouse website at www.otleycourthouse.org.uk

Otley Science Festival Needs You! (and your green tokens)

2 Feb

 

Otley Science Festival is lucky enough to be one of the featured “Community Matters” organisations at Waitrose in Otley this month…

We hope to use the money to support the Science Fair, to be held this year on the 17th November. The fair is FREE to attend and includes stalls, demonstrations and great experiments to try out. It’s a fun day out, making science accessible for all ages.

What is Waitrose Community Matters? Information from Waitrose’s website:

Waitrose Community Matters

Every month this branch will donate £1000 between three local good causes that you choose.

How does it work?
At the checkout you’ll receive a token, which you then place in the box of the good cause you’d most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. You can also nominate good causes to be considered for the scheme in the future. Just pick up a leaflet in store for more information.

Drama + Science Anyone?

16 Nov

…then check out “Everything and Nothing”, part of the Otley Science Festival, tomorrow evening at the Courthouse in Otley.

Thu 17 Nov, 7.30pm

What shapes could the universe be? Does it have an edge? Is it infinite? Intent on creating a map of the universe using complex mathematics, the Everyman Explorer encounters aviator Amelia Earhart who was lost in her 1937 attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The pair find themselves in the company of an order-obsessed librarian who isn’t quite what he seems, in a time-warped universe controlled by an old radio.

A playful encounter between sound, image, text and mathematics, presented by multi-disciplinary company the19thstep, devised by composer Dorothy Ker and sculptor Kate Allen with performers Lucy Stevens, Chris Brannick and sound artist Kelcey Swain.

“Pretty fabulous … a fantastic way of linking ideas about maths and drama …  really captured the imagination”

“It was really rather excellent … a really good story and thought provoking … atmospheric … evocative”

“At most events [at the science festival] I didn’t learn much new … but at this I did. ” (Comment from a Physicist with PhD)

The Everything and Nothing Workshop 

…with topologist Dr Katie Steckles will follow on immediately after the performance. It is suitable for all ages and will unravel the mathematics of the Poincaré conjecture. The workshop will last approximately 45 minutes.

Free entry with performance ticket.

For further information visit: http://www.everythingandnothingproject.com/

£9/£7 Adults and young people. Bar.

Tickets available from the Courthouse

Periodic Table Cupcakes @ Otley Science Fair on Saturday 19 November

8 Nov

What do you get if you put iron, sulphur, titanium, vanadium and aluminium together? Members of Otley Science Festival’s organising committee have been busy icing the symbols for chemical elements spelling out ‘FeSTiVAl’ on to cupcakes ahead of Otley’s Science Festival which runs from Monday 14th – Saturday 19th November at Otley Courthouse .

The full programme of Festival events, which has now been released, includes a dazzling multimedia science theatre production ‘Everything and Nothing’ set in a time-warped universe, with lost aviator Amelia Earhart, at 7.30pm on Thursday 17 November. Celebrated Royal Institution Christmas Lecturer, Prof. Sue Hartley, will be coming to Otley to share her unusual insights into the 300 million year war between plants and animals on Friday 18th November at 7.30pm while locally based scientist, Dr Tim Needham, will be talking about the ‘Appliance of Science and how scientists have made our everyday lives better at a special Science buffet lunch on Wednesday 16th November at 12.30pm.

A full set of over 100 iced cupcakes representing the whole Periodic Table of will be on display at the free Science Fair on Saturday 19 November 10am-4pm, where you can tuck into your favourite element and find out more about it, as well as programming a robot, eating liquid nitrogen ice cream, chatting to Joseph Priestly and lots more!

Marty Jopson, well known science presenter on BBC TV’s the One Show, and one of the key organisers of  Otley’s Science Festival said: ‘We’ve got a fantastic line up this year and events are already selling really well.’

Tickets for all events – plus the Science Festival programme- are now available from Otley Courthouse Arts Centre, or online from www.otleycourthouse.org.uk

And there’s more information about the Science Festival at www.otleysciencefestival.co.uk

A full set of over 100 iced cupcakes representing the whole Periodic Table of will be on display at the free Science Fair on Saturday 19 November 10am-4pm, where you can tuck into your favourite element and find out more about it, as well as programming a robot, eating liquid nitrogen ice cream, chatting to Joseph Priestly and lots more!

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