13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
• Electromagnetic Pulse Party is an experiential late-night event targeted at adults, specifically 18-34 year olds.
• The event will combine DJs, performance, interactive installations and playful science.
• The event aims to widen participation by targeting young adults that may otherwise be unengaged with the British Science Festival.
• The hope is that the ‘opening party’ will act as a ‘gateway experience’ into other science events within the main programme – this can be evaluated as participants’ emails will be collected when booking tickets online.
• The majority of the science content will be based on the electromagnetic spectrum – this will be determined during focussed R&D in Spring 2013. It is envisioned that this will include tried and tested activities such as ‘interactive light painting photography’ and new engagement ideas such as ‘bee eyes’ – this would be blacked out truss structure with various flowers in scientific bell jars, light would alternate between visible light and UV light showing how flowers appear differently to humans and bees – see http://www.naturfotograf.com/UV_TARA_VUL.html#top
• We will build upon the success of the ‘End of the World’ party in Aberdeen, replicating what worked particularly well such as the collaboration with the art students for adding theatrics and creating engaging and relevant event dressing.
• The event will have a grass-roots community feel but with high production standards, including audiovisual installations and projections.
• The music/performances will likely be a key motivation for the ‘typical non-science attendees’. It is envisioned that local DJs/bands will play the majority of the evening but the headline performance will be a UK modern Theremin player such as Nicola Percy/ Miss Hypnotique. The music policy for the evening will be ‘accessible experimental electronic music’. It is envisioned that one of the interactive installations will explore sound waves engaging attendees in how a Theremin works. We have identified science communication specialists in Manchester with whom we would work with to create and deliver this sound installation.
• If budget allows, the main ‘make and take’ will be branded flashing LED badge that participants will make themselves, learning basic electronics and soldering skills.
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
15. If so, please indicate what this is:
1. As part of the project’s R&D, we will seek to include local examples of research linking to the theme – for example, the interpretation alongside the ‘bee eyes’ installation outlined above could also include reference to Melissa Bateson’s (Newcastle University) research into honeybees and if they experience human-like emotions.
2. Local research scientists will be consulted where appropriate and invited to collaborate/advise
3. We will also work with local art students to realise the project.