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Welcome to the Events guide for the 2014 Festival in Birmingham. You can search the events programme using the calendar, via the events map, by category, audience or by keyword 'film, comedy, etc using the box below

Wednesday 10 September 2014
10.00 - 11.00
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre WG5, Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham

You will be taken on a journey starting in India, across Africa and back to the UK and see just how droughts and floods affect peoples lives. You will find out how the threat of future environmental change is leading to a rush for groundwater.

Wednesday 10 September 2014
10.00 - 11.00
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre 117, Physics West Building, University of Birmingham

What should we avoid losing as we get older: our marbles, our mates, our teeth or our waistline? What does the evidence say?

Wednesday 10 September 2014
10.00 - 17.00
Venue: 
Coach pick up point, University of Birmingham

On this circular walk to the Croft Ambrey hillfort discover the Midlands' rich and varied past.

Wednesday 10 September 2014
10.00 - 19.00
Venue: 
Coach pick up point, University of Birmingham

Explore how technology is changing the way we see the past and how we envision the future at Ironbridge Gorge Museum.

Wednesday 10 September 2014
11.30 - 12.30
Venue: 
Barber Concert Hall, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

The western world is “throwing money” at dementia research. Forgetfulness is a core symptom of dementia and if someone with dementia forgets to take their tablets all the money spent on developing the treatment will be wasted. This talk will explore the impact of forgetfulness on medicine usage, challenging the current UK government response.

Wednesday 10 September 2014
11:00 - 12:00
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre S02, Poynting Physics Building, University of Birmingham

Find out about soloar explosions and how they impact us

Wednesday 10 September 2014
12.00 - 13.00
Venue: 
Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham

Why do so few animals use tools, and why are we humans so good at it? In his Award Lecture, Dr Christian Rutz from the University of St Andrews will explore this intriguing scientific puzzle, reporting about his long-term research on one of the most remarkable non-human tool users – the New Caledonian crow.

Wednesday 10 September 2014
13.00 - 14.30
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre WG5, Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham

What can mathematics tell us about Parkinson’s disease? Can a mathematician tell a surgeon where to cut? Do simple equations really lie at the heart of curing cancer? We may not be able to cure these problems yet, but by the end of the presentations, hopefully, you will see that mathematics is moving us ever closer to this goal.

Wednesday 10 September 2014
13.00 - 15.00
Venue: 
Clock Tower, Chancellor's Court, University of Birmingham

Drop in to to the Michael Chowen Prototyping Hall to hear a series of quick-fire presentations from the Digital Humanities Hub team who have backgrounds in archaeology, art history, computer science, and engineering.

Wednesday 10 September 2014
13.30 - 14.30
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre S02, Poynting Physics Building, University of Birmingham

Climate change, population growth and changing diets around the world are all putting pressure on the global food supply. Find out about the problems and more importantly, how we can start to solve them.

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