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!

Otley Science Festival: next week!

7 Nov

The Otley Science Festival kicks off next Monday 14th Novemberhave you got your tickets yet? Here’s a quick reminder of what we have lined up for you:

Inventions Going BANG! – Marty Jopson

Mon 14 Nov 7.30pm

Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, join Dr. Marty Jopson, Otley resident and scientist for the BBC One Show on an historical tour of explosive inventions. Marvel at the power of vacuum, cower before lethal steam and quite frankly, hide from the carrot cannon. There will be mess, lots of bangs and, oh yes, there will be explosions.

£7/£5 Families and children aged 7 upwards. Bar.

Festival Science Cafe

Tue 15 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.

  • Prof Eddie Wilson (Southampton Uni): Phantom Traffic Jams
  • Prof Paul Knox (Leeds Uni): Life behind walls: how plants grow
  • Dr Iona McCleery (Leeds Uni): The royal stomach: ‘healthy’ eating for medieval king

£4/£3 Adults and young people. Bar.

The Appliance of Science – Science Festival Lunch

Wed 16 Nov, 12.30-2pm

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch then sit back and listen to Dr. Tim Needham illuminate the many scientific advances made by applied geologists, going way back to William Smith in the early 19th century. Discover how supposedly pure academic geologists have changed our world with the application of their science.

£5 including buffet lunch.

Everything and Nothing

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.

The 300-Million-Year War – Prof. Sue Hartley

Fri 18 Nov, 7.30pm

Plants seem passive, defenceless and almost helpless, but they are most definitely not! Having waged war with animals that try to eat them for 300 million years, plants have terrifying and devious ways to bite back! Join us as Royal Institution Christmas Lecturer, Prof. Sue Hartley explores the secret language of plants and ask what it means to be green. See plants as you’ve never seen them before: complicated, cunning and a lot cleverer than you imagine.

£7/£5 Families and children aged 7 upwards. Bar.

Otley Science Fair

Sat 19 Nov, 10am-4pm

Stalls, demonstrations and great experiments to try out. Experience the inflatable Extraordinary Pod, make a smoothie on a bike then investigate your own mouth. Try making ice cream with liquid nitrogen, tackle the robot maze if you can or take the civil engineers’ challenge. Finally, enjoy an elemental cup cake as you 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.

If Stones Could Speak

Sat 19 Nov, 11am and 2pm

An Otley town centre walk starting at the Courthouse, led by Dr Sue Bowler. Find out about our natural world in an exploration of the geology around the local streets. Vast rivers, volcanoes, spectacular crystals, clear tropical oceans – it’s all in Otley

£2 Adults and young people.

How the Earth Made Us – Prof. Iain Stewart (SOLD OUT)

Sat 19 Nov, 7.30pm

Iain Stewart believes our planet’s restless actions have shaped everything from the evolution of the incredible diversity of life to the birth and development of human civilisation. He’ll show how, amid huge planetary upheaval – erupting volcanoes, clashing continents and rising mountains – some of the most crucial moments in Earth’s history have arisen out of apparently insignificant geological changes. The result is a remarkable celebration of the intricate and interconnected nature of planet Earth.

£7/£5 Adults and young people. Bar.

Further info and tickets:

Further information:
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 Arts Centre,
Courthouse Street,
Otley,
West Yorks
LS21 3AN