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This is a transcript of the Presidential Address given by Sir Paul Nurse at the British Science Festival in Birmingham on September 11 2014.


When we think of revolutions we usually think of major transformations in the spheres of politics, economics, social organisation, or religion, for example the Russian revolution.

A review of a lecture by Dr Yulan He from Aston University, given at the British Science Festival in Birmimgham on September 9, 2014.

By Ben Fernando, a third-year Physicist at Imperial College London.


By Laura Peberday, a third year Media and Communications student at Birmingham City University and Press office assistant at the British Science Festival.


As consumers we are told that free range eggs are best but have we ever considered that free range may not live up to the image portrayed by the supermarkets? Are choosing eggs simply as black and white as it seems?

Barry Thorp, poultry vet from The Royal School of Veterinary Science, Mia Fernyhough, a  Senior Scientific Officer from the RSPCA and Victoria Sandilands from the Scotland’s Rural College met to discuss the question ‘Is free-range egg production all it’s cracked up to be?’

By Darren C. Carty, genetics undergraduate at the University of Westminster and British Science Festival bursary student 2014.


By Dr Becca Wilson, University of Bristol


By Imran Khan, Chief Executive of the British Science Association


The Curiosity Project, Siemen’s new three-year programme of extra investment into bringing science, technology, engineering, and maths to life in the UK, was formally launched this morning – and I’m personally delighted that they chose to do it at the press launch for the British Science Festival 2014.

Headline sponsorship of our Festival, taking place next week at the University of Birmingham, marks the beginning of a four-year partnership between Siemens and the British Science Association.

George Brant’s Grounded is a gripping, new, award-winning play coming to the British Science Festival from the Gate Theatre. We caught up with the show’s director Christopher Haydon to find out a little more…

Catch the show at Birmingham Rep Theatre on Saturday 6 September at 7pm. Tickets can be booked here.

By Toby Shannon, Science in Society Officer at the British Science Association


I can remember being about seven years old and sitting down to draw a picture (or, probably, in my mind “designing an invention”) – I thought about a dangerous task and a machine that would help us to complete this task safely. And so of course I thought about an automated car to help transport tigers from place to place. My tiger transporter had all the road maps of the country loaded into its computer and a camera to help it see where to go to deliver its cargo to its destination. Pretty cool, no?


Does "Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play" contain a reference to Brouwer's argument against the Law of the Excluded Middle?

By Simon Singh who will be speaking at the British Science Festival on Tuesday 9 September at 3.30pm. You can find out about his other talks around the UK at his website. "The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets" will be published in paperback in 2015.

Q+A with Dr. Nick Hawes, Senior Lecturer at the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham.


Q: Tell us about you, and what you do.

I'm a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. This means I spend my time either working as scientist doing research with robots or teaching students about Artificial Intelligence (AI) or programming robots to be autonomous (which means to be able to do things for themselves). I also spend a bit of my time talking to the public about autonomous robots, how they work and what they might do in the future.