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2015 events archive

WED 1 FEB

LIFE, ANIMATED

This remarkable documentary details how Owen Suskind, a boy living with autism, uses Disney as a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world. This inspiring and uplifting film has been nominated for Best Documentary at this year's Academy Awards. 

The film will be followed by a Q&A session with Steven Chance from the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences and chaired by Science Oxford.

6.15pm, Ultimate Pic Palace, Cowley Road, Oxford

Students £8 and Adults £9

Further information and booking

SAT 4 FEB

PUBLIC MEETING FOR WORLD CANCER DAY

A morning of talks and information about what’s happening locally within the cancer community – open to all, no need to sign up.

Participants; Cancer Research UK, International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Oxford City Council, Oxford Prostate Cancer Support Group, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group Oxfordshire Public Health, St Katherine’s House Hospice.

9.30am - 12.30pm, Assembly Room, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s, Oxford

TUES 28 FEB

LIKE MOTHER, LIKE CHILD: MATERNAL HEALTH AND HEART DISEASE

Young people born prematurely or to complicated pregnancies can have high blood pressure or heart shape alterations. Is there a link between these pregnancy complications and heart disease in later life? Dr Mariane Bertagnolli (University of Oxford) will discuss where we are in the search for answers.

This is a special Sci Bar event in collaboration with the Oxford International Women’s Festival, celebrating Women in the Arts, Politics, Science and Education. The event is free and there is no need to register in advance.

7.00pm, The Blue Room, St Aldate's Tavern

 

SAT 25 FEB - SAT 4 MARCH

COMIC BOOK SCIENCE: UNDERSTANDING HEART DISEASE

Dr Charlotte Hooper from the Radcliffe Department of Medicine has created a comic book-style tour of the human heart and what can go wrong in cardiomyopathy – an inherited form of heart disease. Her artwork will be on display at Inky Fingers – Oxford’s only Comic Book shop. Come along to illustrate your own comic book ending to her research story.

Tue–Fri 12 noon–7pm, Sat 10am–7pm, Sun 11am–5pmInky Fingers Comic Book Shop, 38 Cowley Road

MONDAY 6 MARCH - FRI 17 MARCH

I'M A SCIENTIST, GET ME OUT OF HERE!

'I'm a scientist, get me out of here!' is a free online event where school students meet and interact with scientists. Students challenge the scientists over fast-paced online text-based live chats. They ask the scientists anything they want, and vote for their favourite scientist to win a prize of £500 to communicate their work with the public.

MRC BDNU scientist Dr Natalie Doig has been selected to participate in the event - read more about her involvement here

thurs 9 march - fri 12 may

brain diaries events

FRI 10 MARCH - SUN 19 MARCH

DIGITAL DISCOVERY FESTIVAL WITH OXFORD SPARKS

To coincide with British Science Week Oxford Sparks are launching a Digital Discovery Festival; a chance to find out about exciting new science from the University from the comfort of your own home – or whilst you’re out and about on your phone.

THU 16 MARCH

MRC BRAIN NETWORKS DYNAMICS UNIT SCHOOLS OPEN DAY

MRC BDNU will be hosting around 120 students and teachers from 11 schools across the county. They will be running 3 x 2hr sessions across the day – with each pupil visiting a talk and complementary practical session.

MON 15 MAY - SUN 21 MAY

AGEING: FROM BIRTH AND BEYOND

How does your brain and body change as you get older and how do you stay healthy all that time? As part of Dementia Awareness Week 15th-21st May 2017 Oxford scientists will be part of an event on ageing and dementia in Templars Square Shopping Centre called - Ageing: From Birth and Beyond.

Organised by Living Well Oxford and supported by a Wellcome Trust People Award, the event will offer practical advice and information on ageing and dementia as well as a chance to understand more about the science behind getting older. The event will include hands-on activities, the chance to try workshops designed to keep your mind & body active & healthy and special offers from fashion & beauty retailers on how to change your style as you age.

Further Information

THU 18 MAY

FREE PUBLIC TALK: CLINICAL TRIALS AND PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IN MEDICAL RESEARCH

Karen Barker, Associate Professor in Physiotherapy, University of Oxford will talk about how studies into exercise are providing insights into bone health.

Cushla Cooper, Research Manager, Surgical Intervention Trials Unit, University of Oxford will explain how patients and the public have worked with the University to design clinical trials. From children’s fingernail injuries to broken legs in adults, patients provide valuable insight into how researchers design and manage research into new surgical techniques.

6.15pm-7.30pm, Lecture Theatre 1, John Radcliffe Academic, Headington, OX3 9DU

Further information and booking

THU 30 MARCH - FRI 16 JUN

INSIGHT: AN ART AND SCIENCE EXHIBITION 

The Structural Genomics Consortium and the Arts University of Bournemouth present ‘Insight: an Art and Science Exhibition’ at the Radcliffe Science Library, showing work arising from an ongoing collaborative partnership between the AUB and the SGC. The collaboration makes a valuable contribution in creating a dialogue between art and science, and in bridging the gap between two forms of knowledge – scientific and aesthetic.

Further information 

MON 12 JUN - FRI 7 JUL

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, MICROSCOPY EXHIBITION

Stroll through a series of beautiful microscopy images displaying the works of University of Oxford scientists. Enjoy the captivating beauty of science and peer through the looking glass into the unseen microscopic worlds at this exhibition set in University Parks. There will be a series family-friendly hands-on activities on the 17th of June, 11am-2pm.

Further information 

FRI 16 JUN - WED 21 JUNE

OXFORDSHIRE SCIENCE FESTIVAL

Are we in control of our own destiny when it comes to sex, food and the future of our planet? Meaty topics at this year’s Oxfordshire Science Festival explore everything from solar plasmas to pleasure and insect’s knees to the history and fate of humanity.

Hear like an insect, build a star or watch a contagious cabaret. Over the weekend, families, adults and kids of all ages can delve into the world of science. The hands-on Explorazone will open in the evening on Saturday 17 June for adults only, so grown-ups can play at being a paramedic, a plasma physicist or prevent a Polio pandemic.

The evolution debate will be untangled from science fiction with an event asking “is it right to synthesise human genomes?” Meanwhile a chef and a professor will highlight some unusual features of diet and health. Elsewhere, we scrutinise sustainability with the help of the Ladybird Expert Book of Climate Change. Catch researchers from the Oxford Medical Sciences Division at the following events: 

Fri 16 Jun - Warzone (Sheldonian Theatre)

Sat 17 Jun - The wonders of early human life (Oxford Town Hall) 

Sat 17 Jun - Puzzles of the mind (Oxford Town Hall)

Sat 17 Jun - Affairs of the heart (Oxford Town Hall) 

Sat 17 - Sun 18 Jun - Molecular machines in the body (Oxford Town Hall)

Sat 17 - Sun 18 Jun - Secrets in the blood (Oxford Town Hall) 

Sat 17 - Sun 18 Jun - Brilliant bones and incredible immunity (Oxford Town Hall) 

Sat 17 - Sun 18 Jun - Mice, fish, chicks and me; how embryos develop (Oxford Town Hall)

Sat 17 - Sun 18 Jun - Oxford hands - on science (Oxford Town Hall) 

Sun 18 Jun - DNA origami - How do you fold a genome? (Oxford Town Hall) 

Sun 18 Jun - A scientist and a spoonful of sugar (Oxford Town Hall)

Sun 18 Jun - Exploring your genes (Oxford Town Hall) 

Sun 18 Jun - Rolling the dice on cancer (Oxford Town Hall) 

Sun 18 Jun - Food forensics (Oxford Town Hall) 

Mon 19 Jun - Experimental cancer medicine - we do this in Oxford? (Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus)

Mon 19 Jun - Happy and healthy diet (Sheldonian Theatre)

Further information

SAT 17 JUN - SUN 25 JUN

MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL FESTIVAL OF MEDICAL RESEARCH

From London to Liverpool, from Glasgow to The Gambia, the MRC Festival of Medical Research is an annual event across multiple sites where MRC-funded researchers showcase and discuss their work through public events and activities. 

During June, scientists from Oxford's Medical Sciences Division will take to the road to give people from Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire a chance to find out how amazing medical research is shaping tomorrow's therapies.

During our lives, our health is determined by a combination of how we chose to live and the genes that provide the basic instructions for running out bodies.  From Sat 17 Jun - Fri 23 Jun we will be setting up in supermarkets and shopping centres in Newbury, High Wycombe, Aylesbury, Banbury, Bicester, Witney, and Swindon.  We will be exploring how genes work, how they can be damaged and how this relates to conditions such as allergies and cancer. Catch researchers from the Oxford Medical Sciences Division at the following events: 

Further information

TUES 4 JUL - SUN 9 JUL

DNA ORIGAMI: HOW TO FOLD A GENOME AT THE ROYAL SOCIETY SUMMER SCIENCE EXHIBITION

Inside every one of our cells, something remarkable is happening. A two-metre long DNA molecule is twisted and folded until it fits into a structure smaller than the width of a human hair. We’re unpicking how tiny changes in this 3D structure can have a big impact on human health. Join us at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition to take a virtual reality tour around the genome, try out hands-on activities and ask researchers your burning questions about amazing bending, folding, DNA. The event is free and open to all; follow @Folding_genome to find out more!

Further information 

TUES 18 JULY

POETRY READING: TO BREATHE OURSELVES INTO SOME OTHER LUNGS

Join Breathe Oxford and Life of Breath in the upstairs room of the Oxford Retreat Pub for a poetry reading, focused on the relationship between poetry and breathing.

Poet Gregory Leadbetter and scientist and poet Sarah Watkinson will be reading from their own work, alongside award-winning travel writer Elsa Hammond (currently studying for a PhD in Romantic and Victorian poetry) and Kate Binnie, a writer and music therapist who often works with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) patients in palliative care. Kate will sing 'First and Last Breath', composed specially for the occasion.

Members of the audience are encouraged to bring along poems to read (of their own if they so wish), relevant to the theme of breathing.

The evening is part of an exciting new collaboration between Breathe Oxford and the Life of Breath.

19:00 – 21:00, The Oxford Retreat, 1-2 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford, OX1 2EW

Further information and booking 

FRI 29 SEP

EUROPEAN RESEARCHER'S NIGHT: CURIOSITY CARNIVAL 

The Curiosity Carnival on Friday 29 September is a chance to find out what research is really all about, meet researchers, ask questions and discover how research affects and changes all our lives.

The night is a huge festival of curiosity – a city-wide programme of activities across the University of Oxford’s museums, libraries, gardens and woods. There will be a wide range of activities for all ages and interests – live experiments, games, stalls, busking, debates, music, dance and a pub-style quiz.

Oxford’s Curiosity Carnival 2017 will join hundreds of other European cities in celebrating European Researchers’ Night. 

Further information