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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

Saturday 6 September 2014
10.00 - 11.00
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre 117, Physics West Building, University of Birmingham

Join Moataz Attallah as he explores the magic of 3D printing and the direction its going.

Saturday 6 September 2014
10.00 - 11.30
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre S06, Poynting Physics Building, University of Birmingham

Learn about geometry, perspective and magic squares, inspired by the 500th anniversary of Albrecht Dürer's 1514 engraving, Melencolia I.

Saturday 6 September 2014
10.30 - 12.00
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre WG5, Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham

This talk will explore how scientists use X rays and other imaging techniques to reveal exciting new information about the biology of extinct animals, including a 310 million year old spider!

Saturday 6 September 2014
11.00 - 12.00
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre S02, Poynting Physics Building, University of Birmingham

Find out how astronomers are “sounding” stars and finding new planets in our Galaxy, some possibly capable of harbouring life.

Saturday 6 September 2014
11.00 - 12.00
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre G15, Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham

The evolution of special effects in films in the last 40 years since the daddy of them all: Star Wars

Saturday 6 September 2014
12.00 - 13.00
Venue: 
Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham

Explore a wonderland of animal behaviours that are hidden to the human eye, but not to an algorithm. We will seek to explain how mathematics can help to understand some complicated and bizarre behaviours, and what it can tell us about the feelings of the animals performing them.

Saturday 6 September 2014
13.00 - 14.00
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre WG5, Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham

The panel will be discussing the science of regret.

Saturday 6 September 2014
13.00 - 14.30
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre S06, Poynting Physics Building, University of Birmingham

You have had a really good idea but what are you supposed to do now? Come and meet some people who have used the law to protect ideas and who can give you some tips on how to make a successful business out of your really good idea.

Saturday 6 September 2014
13.30 - 14.30
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre G15, Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham

Director of Sense about Science, Tracey Brown, talks to its founder Dick Taverne.

Saturday 6 September 2014
14.00 - 15.00
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre S02, Poynting Physics Building, University of Birmingham

The approaches to the integration of high-speed railways into the fabric of society differ greatly between China, France, Japan, Spain and in Britain. Find out the lessons we should learn.

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