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August 2014

Welcome to the blog, you can read all about the latest news for the sections and take a look in our archive. Scroll through the latest posts below, or select a section from the dropdown.

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.

Dame Athene Donald, Robin Ince and Dr Steve Cross named Honorary Fellows; Dr Ben Goldacre joins Council.

The British Science Association (BSA) has awarded Honorary Fellowships to Professor Dame Athene Donald, comedian Robin Ince and Dr Steve Cross.

1. Get to know the programme
Get yourself a copy of the programme and a pen to mark the events you really want to go to. During the Festival, always have a copy of the programme in your bag, so that you can make a 'plan B' in case your 'plan A' is sold out (although it’s still worth turning up to sold out events, since tickets might be available at the door). You might also want to carry a notebook (you never know who you might meet and what you might learn!).

By Houda Davis, Research Assistant at Involve.


Earlier this year, I was asked to write a social intelligence report for Sciencewise on Energy Storage. Social intelligence reports basically gather all the available information on what the public think about a cutting edge or controversial science issue, with the aim of helping policy makers develop better policy decisions and encourage further public dialogue.

By Dr Jennifer Badham, Research Fellow, Centre for Research in Social Simulation at University of Surrey