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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

Tuesday 9 September 2014
11.00 - 12.00
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre S02, Poynting Physics Building, University of Birmingham

What is the next big thing in the hunt for alternatives to fossil fuels? Steve Cowley tells us that it is nuclear fusion.

Tuesday 9 September 2014
12.00 - 13.00
Venue: 
Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham

Climate hazards have become significant in today's globalised world. The talk explores climate hazard implications for society and reflects on recent events, focusing on ‘Chinese drought, bread and the Arab Spring’. Research covers drought in China, the role of drought in the Syrian civil war and an extreme cold crisis in Mongolia.

Tuesday 9 September 2014
13.00 - 14.00
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre S06, Poynting Physics Building, University of Birmingham

Find out about new treatments and genetic causes of atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia, and new pathways that link cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and infection from leading scientists and clinical researchers in Birmingham

Tuesday 9 September 2014
13.00 - 14.30
Venue: 
Barber Concert Hall, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

Free-range eggs seem a logical choice for the ethical consumer, but are they the highest welfare and most environmentally-friendly option? Find out more and have your say on the issues involved in modern commercial egg production.

Monday 8 September 2014
Tuesday 9 September 2014
Wednesday 10 September 2014
Thursday 11 September 2014
13.15 - 14.30
Venue: 
The Flask and Bunsen, Chancellor's Court, University of Birmingham

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Tuesday 9 September 2014
13.30 - 14.30
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre 117, Physics West Building, University of Birmingham

Find out how we identify people’s attitudes and opinions expressed in social media, and then discuss how to detects users' buying intents from their microblogs and make product recommendations accordingly.

Tuesday 9 September 2014
14.00 - 15.00
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre S02, Poynting Physics Building, University of Birmingham

What will our world be like in 2050? Jonathon Porritt maps out a viable, technology-focused route to a sustainable world in 2050, with some surprises along the way.

Tuesday 9 September 2014
14.00 - 15.00
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre WG5, Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham

Discover how water fleas’ rapid adaptations to environmental change not only avoid population extinction, they shape how freshwater ecosystems respond to hardships, including pollution and climate change.

Tuesday 9 September 2014
15.30 - 16.30
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre 117, Physics West Building, University of Birmingham

Did you know that popular TV entertainment shows The Simpsons and Futurama are stuffed full of maths? Simon Singh explains all.

Tuesday 9 September 2014
15.30 - 16.30
Venue: 
Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham

We’ll follow light, from its creation in the sun through to its capture and conversion on earth to create electricity we can use. Along the way we will delve into some of the fascinating physics and chemistry underlying light and its interaction with matter to understand how different solar technologies work.

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