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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

Thursday 11 September 2014
10.00 - 17.00
Venue: 
Coach pick up point, University of Birmingham

Discover how geology and geography shaped industry in Ironbridge and what archaeology reveals about this heritage.

Thursday 11 September 2014
10.30 - 12.00
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre S02, Poynting Physics Building, University of Birmingham

Join us for a cutting edge view of research into brain stimulation and cognitive enhancement. This event will highlight the possibilities and pitfalls in this newly emerging field: Can brain stimulation change our mind? ? Are there physical and psychological risks? Come and find out!

Thursday 11 September 2014
11.00 - 12.00
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre 117, Physics West Building, University of Birmingham

As the average age of the UK increases, we are having to find new ways to repair the body and maintain our standards of life. This event will discuss how implants have revolutionised medicine and how we are not far away from regrowing our organs.

Thursday 11 September 2014
11.30 - 13.00
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre 1, Arts Building, University of Birmingham

Join the British Science Association to find out what we have achieved in the last year and the exciting plans for the future.

Thursday 11 September 2014
12.00 - 13.00
Venue: 
Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham

Have you heard about sunspots, solar flares or solar storms and wondered what they are? Join Ineke De Moortel on a journey from deep inside the Sun’s nuclear core, through the solar surface, into its atmosphere, on towards Earth and finally out into space, to find out how all this solar activity affects our daily lives.

Thursday 11 September 2014
13.00 - 14.00
Venue: 
Barber Concert Hall, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

How do we know you're conscious? Because you respond to things done to you? No, computers do that. Because you can learn? No, flatworms can too. But you know you're conscious - how? Peter Naish will suggest it's because you are remembering things, even while they are happening for the first time!

Thursday 11 September 2014
13.00 - 14.00
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre WG5, Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham

The evolution of evolution: Darwin and the West Midlands

Thursday 11 September 2014
13.00 - 15.00
Venue: 
Museum Collections Centre, Birmingham

A rare opportunity to take a peak of over 800K objects in the Birmingham Museums Collection

Thursday 11 September 2014
13.30 - 14.30
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre S02, Poynting Physics Building, University of Birmingham

The talk will be given by renowned neuroscientist, Prof Tim Bliss. In this talk Prof Bliss will describe recent advances in the science of neuroplasticity – the ability of brain cells to acquire and store information – and consider how these advances might be exploited to maximise the potential for learning throughout life.

Thursday 11 September 2014
14.00 - 15.00
Venue: 
Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham

Join this years JBS Haldane Lecture winner 2014, Armand Leroi to explore systems biology

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