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Don't miss Manchester Science Festival

Published: 14th October 2010

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MMU is playing a major role in this year’s Manchester Science Festival – now the most popular event of its type in the UK.

Packed with more than 200 events taking place across the city, the Festival runs through the half-term from October 23 – 31 with events now taking bookings.

With events for families, young people and adults, there's something for everyone at Manchester Science Festival. There are walks, talks, workshops, shows, comedy, exhibitions and more all in the name of science.

Organised by the Museum of Science and Industry, MMU’s Faculty of Science and Engineering is a key partner in the programming, delivering a number of exciting, high-profile activities.

Main event

The main event at John Dalton is the remarkable Super K Sonic BOOOOum - a replica of a subterranean test-site in Japan which physicists use to discover traces of exploding stars. The science is explained on an interactive ride – complete with real sonic booms – which will be constructed on The Street, John Dalton Campus, and opens Saturday 23 to Wednesday 27 October.

Other events organised and hosted by the Faculty are:

  • Atmospheric Phenomena, a talk on clouds, thunder, lightning and rainbow by Dr Peter Saunders (UoM) on Thursday, 21 October, 7.30 – 9pm.
  • Dads go Bang! Hands-on experiments in the Chemistry Lab on Saturday 23 October, 10am – 11.30am and 1.30pm – 3pm.
  • Space Exploration: Black contributions to aeronautics and the space programme on Saturday, 23 October 10am - 11.30pm.
  • Science, the Universe and Everything: family-sized science with crazy chemistry, fantastic astrophysics, mathematical magic tricks and more, on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October, 10am – 3pm.
  • The Computer Science Magic Show on Saturday 23 October, 11am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 3.30pm.
  • Forensic Science: Crime scene investigation past and present on Saturday, 23 October, 1pm – 3pm.
  • Artificial life: Promises and pitfalls, organised by Dr Martyn Amos and MMU’s Nano-Info-Bio group, examines the emerging science of synthetic biology in a talk on Tuesday, 26 October, 6pm – 7.30pm.
  • Girl Geek Tea Party – build your own robot artist on Wednesday, 27 October, 2pm – 4.30pm.
  • Physics at the Interface: from liquid crystals to vision and movement, a talk by Professor Helen Gleeson on Wednesday 27 October, 6.30pm – 7.30pm.
  • A walking tour of Manchester’s scientific wonders departs from the Faculty on Saturday 23 and Saturday 30 October, 1pm – 4pm, organised by MMU and the Manchester Modernist Society.
  • MMU Didsbury hosts two events organised by the Development Education Project for young actors and film-makers. Science on the big screen: Drugs don’t work, takes place from Monday 25 October, and Science on the big screen: GM foods horror or hero? runs from Tuesday 26 October.

    For full details of these and other awe-inspiring events across the city, go to the Festival website www.manchestersciencefestival.com

    Manchester Science Festival is now in its fourth year. As well as exploring all aspects of science, this year the Festival celebrates the International Year of Biodiversity. The Festival brings together universities, museums, unusual venues and community spaces to inspire people from across the region and learn more about why science is amazing, great fun and an
    essential, accessible part of everyday life.