News & blog Industry leaders showcase region’s technological advancements at the British Science Festival Exhibits will take place at British Science Festival during its first visit to Coventry Events and activities will explore the latest in electric vehicles, energy, and innovation behind everyday products The annual British Science Festival is making its first visit to Coventry & Warwickshire in September 2019. It is being hosted by the University of Warwick and supported by the region’s leading businesses, including Cadent, Jaguar Land Rover, Lubrizol, Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership. Over 100 free events, performances and activities will take place at the University of Warwick and across the city centre, from 10 – 13 September. They will shine a national spotlight on the cutting-edge research, development and innovation taking place in Coventry and Warwickshire and the wider West Midlands region. The Festival partners are delivering a must-visit range of hands-on experiences and thought-provoking discussions, as well as supporting events directly related to the region’s technological strengths. Highlights include: Cadent A panel event featuring broadcaster and architect Piers Taylor, alongside Cadent’s Ed Syson and Kate Algate from Citizens Advice Coventry, discussing the challenge of heating our homes and workplaces in a future without fossil fuels. While we are seeing more renewable energy on the grid, and cleaner cars on our roads, heat remains one of the UK’s biggest decarbonisation challenges. The event is free but booking is advisable. Places can be booked here: https://britishsciencefestival.org/event/the-future-of-heat/ Jaguar Land Rover Two special ‘zones’ on campus at the University of Warwick will showcase Jaguar Land Rover’s leading technology and education work. Activities include a not-to-be missed opportunity to view Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY and ABB FIA Formula E Championship race cars up close and the chance to try coding a self-driving model vehicle. Jaguar Land Rover are also Principal Partners of the special Family Day taking place on campus at the University of Warwick on Saturday 14 September, where there will be a whole host of other thrills on offer including Land Rover Experience Mini Defenders and articulated ramp Terrapods. Lubrizol Speciality chemicals company, Lubrizol, will take Festival-goers on campus on a voyage of discovery to experience the science behind every day products using virtual and augmented reality (including walking in a giant trainer and shampoo bottle!). While in the city centre, they will be challenging participants to go for gold and complete a periodic table-based series of activities like darts, giant Jenga and ‘Ballnado’. Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Greater Birmingham & Solihull Enterprise Partnership The two regional Local Enterprise Partnerships are supporting a range of events that shine a spotlight on the region’s strengths including healthcare and life sciences, automotive, and digital innovation. One of the highlights of the Festival will be the closing celebration at FarGo Village, with events and activities on a range of topics, from genetic conditions to fake images and stand-up comedy to an adult mud kitchen! CityFibre & Vodafone Gigafast Broadband Are supporting events on topics that celebrate Coventry & Warwickshire’s leading role in digital infrastructure, including the technological advancements that would be enabled by 5G connectivity. Jane Furze, Director of Regional Strategy and Public Engagement at the University of Warwick, said: “We’re very grateful to our sponsors, without whom the British Science Festival wouldn’t be possible. It’s fantastic to see support from some of the region’s leading businesses for this celebration of all things science.” All Festival events are free, but booking is recommended www.britishsciencefestival.org Full event listings, below. For press enquiries, please contact: Jess Rowley, PR Officer, British Science Association [email protected] (T: +44 (0)20 7019 4953 | M: +44 (0)7585 722 757) Peter Thorley, Media Relations Manager (Warwick Medical School and Department of Physics) [email protected] (T: +44 (0)24 761 50868 | M: +44 (0) 7824 540863) Notes to Editors: Full partner event and activity listings Drop-in activities on Campus Jaguar Land Rover Education Zone Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 September, 11.00 – 17.00 IMC Atrium, University of Warwick, CV4 STEM enthusiasts should head to the Jaguar Land Rover Education Zone to take part in fun and interactive activities including navigating a remote-control vehicle around an off-road track and exploring self-driving features. Jaguar Land Rover engineers will be on hand to explain the technology on show, whilst our Early Careers team will be ready to answer any questions you may have, from visiting our Education Centres to applying to our work experience courses. Younger visitors interested in becoming the next generation of Jaguar Land Rover Talent can discover information about our advanced, higher or degree apprenticeship programmes from our Graduate and Apprentice Ambassadors who will share their experiences and discuss career pathway options. Jaguar Land Rover Technology Zone Wednesday 11 – Saturday 14 September, 11.00 – 17.00 Lord Bhattacharyya Building, University of Warwick, CV4 Today’s research is tomorrow’s reality - the world of mobility will see more change in the next ten years than the last century. Visit the Jaguar Land Rover Technology Zone to discover the future of mobility and join the journey towards “Destination Zero”: Zero emissions. Zero accidents. Zero congestion. Explore the multi-award-winning 2019 World Car of the Year – Jaguar I-PACE – Jaguar’s first all-electric performance SUV and learn how its cutting-edge technology translates to the racetrack in the eTROPHY international motor racing series and the ABB FIA Formula E championship. With display vehicles including the I-TYPE 3 - Panasonic Jaguar Racing's all-electric Formula E race car - and the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY - a race-spec version of the I-PACE - this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to view race cars up close. A scientific journey with Lubrizol Tuesday 10 – Friday 13 September, 11.00 – 17.00 Zeeman Atrium, University of Warwick, CV4 Lubrizol enhances practically every facet of life, from the way you move, to how you take care of yourself, to how you work. Every day we use science to solve tough performance challenges, creating innovative solutions and developing new products that will bring greater reliability, efficiency and wellness to billions of lives around the world. Come and join us on a scientific voyage of discovery to experience some of our products using Virtual and Augmented Reality and walk into our giant trainer and shampoo bottle to find out much, much more. Heating a zero-carbon future Wednesday 11 September, 11.00 – 18.00 Find out more about Cadent’s role in the decarbonisation challenge – through developing and delivering innovative and affordable solutions for heat, power and transport – as the UK strives towards a zero-carbon future. Join us for discussion and a drink in the Dome on Wednesday at 5pm, immediately after The future of Heat event. Warwick Family Day: Explore, Discover, Experiment Saturday 14 September, 10.00 – 17.00 University of Warwick, CV4 To celebrate hosting the British Science Festival 2019, the University of Warwick is putting on an extra special Family Day, in association with Jaguar Land Rover. The event will be a jam-packed day of discovery and exploration for families with children up to the age of 11. The University’s campus will be transformed with dozens of stalls, workshops, talks, performances and much, much more. Highlights include YouTube filmmaker and BAFTA-winning children’s presenter, Maddie Moate, who will be taking audiences on a mission to Mars. You can also expect to encounter roaming dinosaurs and honeybees, discover Warwick’s exciting research, create something new with our mosaic and pottery making, or try your hand at activities such as creative coding or interactive maths. British Science Festival campus events supported by our Partners The ‘Russian doll’ molecule Tuesday 10 September, 16:00 - 17:00 CHCH University of Warwick, CV4 How can new molecular technologies benefit society? The answer partly lies in a new class of ‘sponge-like’ molecule called a hollow cage that contain an elaborate and beautiful structure. Like tiny Russian dolls, these molecules contain cavities that can discreetly accommodate smaller molecules inside them. Mike Ward from the University of Warwick divulges how these complex molecules have a huge number of potential applications that are beneficial to society, from drug delivery to detecting dangerous toxic substances. This event is supported by Lubrizol. The genetics revolution Tuesday, September 10 • 17:00 - 18:00 IDL, University of Warwick, CV4 Since being coined in the early 20th Century, the concepts of genes, genetics and DNA have entered the collective conscience in everything from health advice to marketing campaigns. But how much do we really understand and how have these ideas taken hold so strongly? This year the Genetics Society will be 100 years old and to celebrate Alison Woollard, who specialises in developmental genetics at the University of Oxford, shares her insights into how and why our relationship with genetics has changed since 1919. This event is supported by Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership. It’s electrifying! Wednesday 11 September, 11:00 - 12:00 IDL, University of Warwick, CV4 By 2030, 75% of vehicles on UK roads could be run by electricity. Drastic changes are needed to solve the carbon dioxide emissions crisis in transport. David Greenwood, leader of the Advanced Propulsion Systems team at the University of Warwick, is paving the way developing systems for electric vehicles, but there are currently critical barriers stopping the industry from really taking off. In this talk, find out if the need for electric vehicles is so pressing, why we are still waiting and what needs to be done about it. This event is supported by the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership. The future of heat Wednesday 11 September, 16.00 – 17.00 Zeeman, University of Warwick, CV4 We rely on heating at home and in the workplace; and yet, it is the largest source of our greenhouse gas emissions. Whilst we are seeing more renewable energy on the gird, and cleaner cars on our roads, heat remains one of the UK’s biggest decarbonisation challenges, and one that is all to often overlooked. How are we planning on solving this grand challenge facing society and what low-carbon measures are already in place? Join broadcaster and architect Piers Taylor along with guests Ed Syson (Cadent) and Kate Algate (Citizens Advice Coventry) to discuss. This event is supported by Cadent, who will also have a stand in The Festival Dome on the afternoon of Wednesday 11 September, for attendees to discuss the decarbonisation of heat and other issues related to the reality of delivering a zero-carbon future. The Huxley Debate Thursday 12 September, 15.00 – 16.00 Warwick Arts Centre Theatre, University of Warwick, CV4 The urban dream of a ‘smart’ city is slowly becoming a reality, thanks to advances in technologies such as the Internet of Things, 5G and artificial intelligence. But do these technologies always make smarter decisions? As cities like Coventry trial driverless vehicles and smart bins, Gero Kempf (Jaguar Land Rover), Ellie Cosgrave (University College London), Stephen Jarvis (University of Warwick) and Immy Kaur (Impact Hub Birmingham) discuss the benefits for residents as well as the risks of relying on new digital technologies. Chaired by ITV Central’s Balvinder Sidhu. This event is supported by the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership. 5G: advancing the self-driving car Friday 13 September, 11:00 - 12:00 IDL, University of Warwick, CV4 Do you know your 4G from your 5G? Probably not, but many companies boast that their devices are ‘5G enabled’. In reality, the technology to produce 5G networks isn’t fully available yet. But, beyond watching films on your phone, the development of a better mobile network is vital for the next steps in autonomous vehicles. The speed and connectivity 5G would enable will allow cars to ‘speak’ and learn from one another in real-time, allowing them to avoid accidents. In this future-facing event, Erik Kampert from the University of Warwick considers the steps required to crack the next generation of mobile networks and how they could unleash self-driving cars on UK roads. This event is supported by CityFibre and Vodafone Gigafast Broadband. Geek Girl Gamers Friday 13 September, 14.00 – 15.00 Zeeman, University of Warwick, CV4 Join the self-confessed ‘geek girl’ and Lecturer in Higher Education at the University of Surrey, Anesa Hosein, who wants to see more woman in science. She discovered that compared to non-gamers, 13-14-year-old girls classed as ‘heavy-gamers’ – those playing over 9 hours a week – are three times more likely to pursue physical science, technology, engineering or maths degrees. How can we encourage these young woman to consider science careers and also create role models for them? This event is supported by CityFibre and Vodafone Gigafast Broadband. 1.3 City centre events supported by our partners The Botanist: late night garden Tuesday 10 September, 18:00 - 22:00 The Botanist, Coventry CV1 1LL Are you ready to put down roots in Coventry city centre as you join us at the Botanist for the first night of the British Science Festival? Experience the natural world as you explore an exciting range of drop-ins, whilst enjoying live music and delicious refreshments in the spectacular surroundings of a secret garden. You’ll ponder the plant-based plastics of the future and get playful with the periodic table, all while sipping on a botanical beverage. The grass won’t be greener anywhere else! This event is supported by Lubrizol. A journey from Inferior to Superior Tuesday 10 September, 19:00 - 20:00 St Mary's Guildhall, Bayley Lane, Coventry, CV1 Science has a dark history when it comes to human difference, with scientists in the past abusing data and concocting theories that have perpetuated racism and sexism. In her award-winning book Inferior, and the latest Superior, Angela Saini tackles the issues surrounding bias in research and the misuse of science for political ends, both in history and today. Join her as she reflects on some of the conversations the books have kickstarted across the country and on social media, and why taking an intersectional approach to inequality is important in the struggle for social justice. This event is supported by Lubrizol. FarGo Village takeover Friday 13 September, 17.00 – 22.00 FarGo Village, Far Gosford St, Coventry, CV1 Celebrate the end of the British Science Festival 2019 in style as we take over Coventry’s FarGo Village. From holograms, to comedy, mind-reading technology to a mud kitchen for adults (plus so much more), grab a drink and all your friends to help us see the Festival out with a bang. This event is supported by the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership. About the British Science Festival The British Science Festival is one of Europe’s largest science festivals and regularly attracts hundreds of the UK’s top scientists and speakers to discuss the latest developments in science with the public. Working in partnership with the University of Warwick and other organisations in the Coventry and Warwickshire region, the Festival will entertain an audience of non-specialist adults with a broad interest in science, delivering 100 specially curated events. Over 15,000 visitors attend the talks, workshops, performances and activities. The Festival has been the stage for many iconic moments in history – such as the famous debate on Darwin’s controversial theory of evolution between Thomas Huxley and the Bishop of Oxford in 1860. It also saw the first use of the word ‘scientist,’ in 1834. The origins of the Festival, previously known as the annual meeting, can be traced back to York, in 1831. The Festival takes place at a different location each year. The 2019 Festival will take place from 10 – 13 September, hosted by the University of Warwick. Registration is free for journalists and gets you access to all the events. For further information, visit www.britishsciencefestival.org @BritishSciFest #BSF19 About the British Science Association The British Science Association (BSA) believes that science should be part of – rather than set apart from – society and culture and is owned by the wider community. Our programmes encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with science, become ambassadors for science, and ultimately to be empowered to challenge and influence British science - whether they work in science or not. Established in 1831, the BSA is a registered charity that organises major initiatives across the UK, including British Science Week, the annual British Science Festival, regional and local events, the CREST Awards and other programmes for young people in schools and colleges. The BSA also organises specific activities for professional science communicators, including a specialist conference and training. For more information, please visit www.britishscienceassociation.org About the University of Warwick The University of Warwick is one of the world’s leading research institutions, ranked in the UK’s top 10 and world top 60 universities. Since its foundation in 1965 Warwick has established a reputation of scientific excellence, through the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine (which includes WMG and the Warwick Medical School). A global university, Warwick was named in the top 20 of the Times Higher Education’s Most International University rankings and 10 subjects in the QS World University Rankings by subject. About our Principal Partners Cadent is the UK’s largest gas distribution network with a 200-year legacy. We are in a unique position to build on strong foundations whilst encouraging the curiosity to think differently and the courage to embrace change. Day to day we continue to operate, maintain and innovate the UK’s largest gas network, transporting gas safely and protecting people in an emergency. Our skilled engineers and specialists remain committed to the communities we serve, working day and night to ensure gas reaches 11 million homes from Cumbria to North London and the welsh borders to East Anglia, to keep your energy flowing. Cadent manages the national gas emergency service free phone line on behalf of the gas industry - 0800 111 999* Cadent Gas Ltd is majority owned by a consortium of global investors. Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles; and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports saloon and sports car marques. At Jaguar Land Rover, we are driven by a desire to deliver class-leading vehicles, which will provide experiences our customers will love, for life. Our products are in demand around the globe. In 2018 Jaguar Land Rover sold 592,708 vehicles in 128 countries. We support around 260,000 people through our retailer network, suppliers and local businesses. At heart we are a British company, with two major design and engineering sites, three vehicle manufacturing facilities, an Engine Manufacturing Centre and soon to be opened Battery Assembly Centre. We also have vehicle plants in China, Brazil, India, Austria and Slovakia. We have seven technology hubs, in the UK these are based in Manchester, Warwick (NAIC) and London. Globally these are located in Shannon, Ireland, Portland, USA, Budapest, Hungary and Changshu, China. We have a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles as well as continuing to offer the latest diesel and petrol engines. From 2020 all new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will offer the option of electrification, giving our customers even more choice. The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimize the quality, performance and value of customers’ products while reducing their environmental impact. It is a leader at combining market insights with chemistry and application capabilities to deliver valuable solutions to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. Lubrizol improves lives by acting as an essential partner in our customers’ success, delivering efficiency, reliability or wellness to their end users. Technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, industrial lubricants, as well as additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. 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