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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
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.

Tuesday 9 September 2014
16.00 - 17.30
Venue: 
Barber Concert Hall, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

What does the latest physics research tell us about the mysteries of the universe?

Tuesday 9 September 2014
16.00 - 17.30
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre S02, Poynting Physics Building, University of Birmingham

As genetic testing becomes more and more accessible we ask what are the implications for the public?

Tuesday 9 September 2014
16.30 - 17.30
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre WG5, Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham

If the world as we know it were to end, what crucial scientific knowledge would need to be preserved in a book to help the recovery of mankind?

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
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.

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