Happy 10th Birthday to us !

9 Nov

We thought we should properly celebrate our 10th birthday so the audience at last night’s (40th!) Science Cafe had a special treat, a slice of our specially baked birthday cake. A very tasty addition to the usual enjoyable science menu.

10th birthday cake

The cutting of the cake, with founder Marty Jopson and some members of the organising team:

cake-cutting

The Festival continues with the film Hidden Figures tonight (Thursday); Technology Futures with Rashik Parmar MBE at Friday’s Science Lunch; Marty Jopson presenting Dangerous Equations on Friday evening and An Evening With A Space Scientist, Monica Grady, on Saturday evening. Plus, of course, the free Science Fair between 10 and 4 on Saturday.

Come and join us!

Festival 2017 is under way

6 Nov

Here’s a quick picture of the week’s events:

2017 Science Festival week what's on

For more details see our Science Festival page and the Molecule Trail page

Festival 2017: Saturday 11th November, daytime Science Fair and Evening With A Space Scientist

4 Nov

10am to 4pm: Otley Science 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. Build yourself a molecule, have a go with the robots and play with some physics. Cakes, teas, coffees and lunch available in the café all day. Supported by Otley Carnival.

Free event with something for everyone.


7.30pm: Prof. Monica Grady – An Evening with a Space Scientist

monica_grady_4webJoin Professor Monica Grady CBE, a world expert on meteorites, for a journey through her scientific career and interests. From Martian meteorites, to the Rosetta space probe and appearing on Desert Island Discs, this is your opportunity to listen to and ask questions of one of the leading British Space Scientists.

For adults and young people. Bar; Tickets £8


Find out about all the events for the week on our Festival 2017 page

And don’t forget the Molecule Trail, free to enter with great prizes, running until November 9th

Festival 2017: Friday 10th November, Science Lunch and Dangerous Equations in the evening

3 Nov

Science Lunch –  A Glimpse into the Future of Technology

rashik-parmarEnjoy a delicious buffet lunch then sit back and listen to Rashik Parmar MBE, the IBM Technical Executive for Europe, as he discusses how Technology seem to be in all parts of our daily lives, from ensuring we have clean water through to providing entertainment. IBM’s Research Division has identified five technologies that will change our lives in the next 5 years. This talk will discuss the 2017 predictions and explore the likely impact.

12.30 – 2pm. Tickets are limited and pre-booking is essential. £7 including buffet lunch


Marty Jopson – Dangerous Equations

marty_jopson_1webJoin Marty Jopson, Otley resident and the BBC One Show’s science bloke as he places himself in grave personal danger for your entertainment and amusement. Will his steely nerve and a set of equations save him from a broken hand and third degree burns? Can physics alone protect you from Mr. Spiky and the Pendulum of Doom? Only one way to find out. Note, some fully risk assessed audience participation will be sought.

7.30pm. Age 11 and upwards. Bar; Tickets £10/£8


Find out about all the events for the week on our Festival 2017 page

And don’t forget the Molecule Trail, free to enter with great prizes, running until November 9th

Festival 2017: Thursday 9th November, Science Film – Hidden Figures

2 Nov

hidden-figuresEspecially for Otley Science Festival, the Otley Film Society brings you Hidden Figures. The true life story of a team of African American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space programme. Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe. Followed by discussion of the film and the book on which it is based in a local hostelry. Duration 127 minutes.

7.45pm. Certificate PG. Bar; Tickets £5 / Film Society members £4

Find out about all the events for the week on our Festival 2017 page

And don’t forget the Molecule Trail, free to enter with great prizes, running until November 9th

Festival 2017: Wednesday 8th November, Festival Science Café

1 Nov

otley-science-cafeThis 40th 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 with plenty of time for you to quiz them afterwards. Join us for a relaxed and fun evening of science suitable for all ages and all interests.

Topics for this café are:

  • Coral reefs as sentinels for climate change
  • Science Beyond “Science”: A new way of looking at the everyday
  • Working with the ISS and CERN technology at school – How did we spot NASA’s mistake?

More details on our Science Café page

7.30pm. For adults and young people. Bar; Tickets £5, 18s and under free (but ticket required)

Find out about all the events for the week on our Festival 2017 page

And don’t forget the Molecule Trail, free to enter with great prizes, running until November 9th

Festival 2017: Tuesday 7th November, Prof. Robert Winston – Modifying Humans: Where does genetics stop?

31 Oct

robert_winston_1This event is now sold out

Professor Winston has been responsible for making science understandable to generations and is one of our leading specialists on fertility and IVF. In this talk he addresses the subject of genetics, and the progress made with screening for genetic defects and disorders before a pregnancy has even begun. However the same methods could be used to modify genes. Is this a wonderful new world or a very risky and frightening Frankenstein monster? Supported by Otley Carnival.

7.30pm. For adults and young people. Bar; Tickets £20

Find out about all the events for the week on our Festival 2017 page

And don’t forget the Molecule Trail, free to enter with great prizes, running until November 9th