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Reading Science week 2014

Call for volunteers!

Would you like to gain some experience in science communication and help your local branch of the British Science Association? If so, volunteer with us in Reading Science Week 2014! There will be opportunities to volunteer at events such as Biodiversity in Berkshire, a pub quiz, science-themed art activities, and star gazing! Full briefings will be given and training where appropriate. The dates are 15-23 March and a preliminary programme is available at http://readingscienceweek.blogspot.co.uk/p/rsw2014-program.html If you're interested Please contact Immy Smith - i.smith@reading.ac.uk



Reading Science Week Events


Throughout the week


Imagining Science – The Symbiosis Project

15-22nd March – Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver Street, Reading


An art exhibition about relationships and collaboration in science and art, including a giant handmade book 8000+ miles in the making, and drawing activities for all ages (parental supervision required).


Saturday 15th: Family drawing day & exhibition - 11am-5pm

Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th: Art exhibition & The Symbiosis Book - 2pm-5pm

Wednesday 19th, Thurs 20th, Friday 21st: Art exhibition & The Symbiosis Book - 11am-5pm

Saturday 22nd: Family drawing day & exhibition - 11am-5pm

Admission free, all welcome - parental supervision required for all children



Sunday 16 March


Science Pub Quiz

7.30pm – The Wild Lime, Friar Street, Reading


Test your science knowledge over a pint! This quiz is suitable for all levels of scientific knowledge and covers a wide variety of themes, and you could win a cash prize!


Admission £1 per person, suitable for 18+ - venue details - http://whatpub.com/pubs/REA/READIN0950/wild-lime-bar-kitchen-reading


Monday 17 March


Café Scientifique: Musical forms – Exploring the relationship between geometry and music

7.30pm – Monroe's Rock Cafe, 61 St Mary's Butts, Reading


What constant can unite art, music and science? Sama Mara speaks on traditional geometry resolving the harmony of sound and a harmony of space


Admission free, suitable for 18+ - venue details http://www.monroesreading.co.uk/

Run by the Thames Valley branch of the British Science Association.

Reading Cafe' Scientifique is proudly sponsored by Syngenta – a world-leading company, working across 90 countries, with their largest research centre based in Berkshire. Their agri-business is dedicated to bringing plant potential to life, and as a science-focused company, they are delighted to support this exciting forum which is bringing the opportunity to discuss new areas of science, to a wider audience.


Tuesday 18 March

The Great Debate: How Britain’s railways need to change to meet the needs of the 21st century
7.00pm – Palmer Building, University of Reading Whiteknights Campus

Join the annual Great Debate, organised by the Engineering Institutions of the Thames Valley, to discuss how our historic railways impact on the demands of modern life.

Admission free, all welcome, places are limited. To book a place, please visit: ww.reading.ac.uk/events or contact: events@reading.ac.uk 0118 378 4313
Maps - http://www.reading.ac.uk/about/find/about-findindex.aspx 

Wednesday 19 March

Public Lecture: Muscle Medicine 
Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start – Palmer Building, University of Reading Whiteknights Campus 

Join Dr Keith Foster from the University of Reading to find out just how amazing your muscles are, and about research aiming to keep them that way!

Suitable for 16+. Admission free. For more information, please visit:
www.reading.ac.uk/publiclectures or contact: publiclectures@reading.ac.uk
Maps - http://www.reading.ac.uk/about/find/about-findindex.aspx 

Thursday 20 March


Reading Skeptics in the Pub: Mark Lynas on Science Denialism

7.30pm  – The Outlook (formerly Copa), 76 Kings Rd, Reading


Mark Lynas talks about whether political ideology trumps scientific evidence on some of the key issues facing us today, and how this can affect the future of the planet and its people.


Admission free, suitable for 18 + - venue details http://gkpubs.co.uk/pubs-in-reading/the-outlook-pub/


Reading Film Theatre: Film Showing - Hawking (PG) + Talk
7.30pm  – Palmer Building, University of Reading Whiteknights Campus


Tickets: £7.50 / £5.50 (members and concessions) available in advance online or on the evening
from the box office at www.readingfilmtheatre.co.uk or on 0118 378 7151 

Friday 21 March

Neuroscience Question Time

Doors 6.30pm for 7pm start – Henley Business School @ University of Reading Whiteknights Campus - admission free but places limited - to book email  scienceinreading@gmail.com

Neuroscience is always a very popular scientific topic with the public but its findings can often seem to beg more questions than give answers! We have rounded up and corralled a diverse range of the University of Reading’s neuroscientists for one evening only in order for you to fire your questions at them and then watch the sparks fly!


If you want to attend, please email scienceinreading@gmail.com to book your free place. If you would like to ask a question on the night, please include your question with your booking email.


As well as asking your question via email, you can tweet @Science_Reading with hashtag #NeuroQT. Contributed questions will be selected by the panel chair, Dr Ben Whalley (http://www.reading.ac.uk/pharmacy/about/staff/b-j-whalley.aspx ) and we will email you before the event to inform you that your question has been selected.

Maps - http://www.reading.ac.uk/about/find/about-findindex.aspx 

Film + Talk - The Fountain (PG-13)
7.30pm – The Rising Sun Arts Centre, Silver Street, Reading - £4 on door

Stand-Up Cinema film club at the Rising Sun presents a special feature for RSW14. The Fountain is a threefold story about life and death and how to deal with the fact that one determines the other. Darren Aronofsky's vision targets this topic from both extremes. But do modern societies? Dr Alistair Nunn from the University of Reading is guest speaker at this event, and will be taking a closer look on age-related diseases and the question of how these may be approached by science.
Short films by local artists/filmmakers shown before feature at 7.30pm. 
Main feature at 8.00pm 

Saturday 22 March

Science Slam!

7.30pm – South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading
A thrilling competition where researchers present their mind-boggling work in performances of no more than 6 minutes. The audience must vote to decide which scientists survive the contest!

Suitable for 18+. Tickets £4.75 (subject to booking fee) available in advance online:

Stargazing (Saturday 22 and Sunday 23)

6pm onwards – Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Rd, Reading
Explore the universe from the comfort of Reading. Fun for all the family regardless of the weather, thanks to Reading Astronomical Society!

Admission free, all welcome.
Map (University of Reading London Rd Campus) - http://www.reading.ac.uk/about/find/about-findindex.aspx

Stargazing is supported by a Sports and Culture Grant from Reading Borough Council

Sunday 23 March

Biodiversity in Berkshire

12pm-4pm – Forbury Gardens, Reading

Come and explore the wildlife on your doorstep: Make a bee hotel. Dissect an owl pellet. Hunt for earthworms. Identify plants and trees. And discover what creepy crawlies live in your back garden. Engaging, hands on activities for families of all ages.

Admission free, all welcome.

Biodiversity in Berkshire is supported by a Community Grant from Reading Borough Council