What is the x-change?
The British Science Festival is organised by the British Science Association. Every day we selected some of the best speakers from all corners of the British Science Festival and brought them together for the x-change - a fun and fast run-through of the best, funniest, most controversial and most interesting speakers.
This year the x-change was at McKenna's cafe in the Northern Stage theatre, where speakers were interviewed by BBC writer, broadcaster and producer of the Space Boffins podcast, Richard Hollingham. Our guests were given a chance to talk about their show or maybe give us short demonstrations of science in action!
If you didn't manage to get to the x-change you can check out the guests, catch the full show on our podcasts, and read the volunteers' blogs
Show 1 - Monday 9th September 2013
Everything from robots to dinosaurs, with some brief musical interludes... Check out the podcast presented by BBC journalist and Space Boffin Richard Hollingham. You can listen to the whole show or select a speaker from the playlist and read our volunteers' blog for a first hand account of the day's show. For a rundown of the day's guest check out the show line-up.
Show 2 - Tuesday 10th September 2013
Bronze Age combat, sharks, and every Brit's favourite topic... the weather! Re-live the show by listening to the podcast and you can also read our volunteers' blog and find out more about our guests on the full show line-up.
Show 3 - Wednesday 11th September 2013
The Ugly Animals are coming! Along with the man whose work inspired the writing of Slum Dog Millionaire, a Victorian science spectacular, and more... Listen to the podcast to find out what happened and you can also read our volunteers' blog to find out about what happens behind the scenes! Even more information about the show is available on our show line-up.
Show 4 - Thursday 12th September 2013
Meet the team
Richard Holligham is a BBC current affairs presenter, author, and journalist, specialising in science and environment.
The author of Blood and Guts: A History of Surgery, he has filed stories from more than 40 countries. He presents for BBC Radio 4 and World Service and is former senior producer on the BBC’s Today programme.
The x-change is run by our Science in Society team and supported by a dedicated group of volunteers, who will spend each day looking out for speakers, producing the shows, and spreading the word around Newcastle. Click their names to find out more about them.
Alison - final year BSc Biology with a Modern Language (French) student at the University of Sheffield
Estelle - Human Sciences graduate from the University of Oxford; starting an MSc in Science Communication at the University of West England
Esther - graduate in Biology and The History & Philosophy of Science; Intern at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Fundraising Assistant for the RNIB
Jessica - studying Chemistry, Resources and the Environment at the University of York
Rachel - studying for a BRes in Experimental Neuroscience at Imperial College London