2017 Events Archive
WED 1 FEB
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
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–5pm, Inky 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.
thurs 9 march 2017 - mon 1 jan 2018
BRAIN DIARIES: MODERN NEUROSCIENCE IN ACTION
Throughout your life, your brain undergoes extraordinary changes, and makes you the person you are. This exhibition at the Oxford Museum of Natural History reveals how the latest neuroscience is transforming what we know about our brains, from birth to the end of life.
brain diaries events
- Thu 9 Mar - Brain Diaries Academic Symposium & Drinks Reception
- Fri 10 Mar - Oxford International Women’s Festival - Brain Spotlight - Museum of Natural History
- Sat 11 Mar - Super Science Saturday: The Brain
- Mon 13 Mar - Sex, Flies and Videotape
- Tues 14 Mar - What makes the human brain different?
- Wed 15 Mar - Looking and Perceiving in the Ashmolean
- Wed 15 Mar - ‘The Shaking Palsy’: past, present and future of Parkinson’s disease
- Wed 15 Mar - Has your brain developed normally?
- Thu 16 Mar - Sir Hugh Cairns: A Pioneering Neurosurgeon
- Sat 18 Mar - The Upside-Down Brain: Art and Neuroscience at the Ashmolean
- Sat 18 Mar - Brain Diaries Demos
- Sun 19 Mar - Brain Aware
- Mon 20 Mar - Brain imaging then and now
- Thu 23 Mar - Brain Diaries Psychology Day: ‘A Look Inside the Brain’
- Fri 24 Mar - No Bell Prize
- Sat 25 Mar - Dementia Awareness Day
- Sat 25 Mar - Brain Diaries Demos
- Wed 29 Mar - Fixing the brain before it's broken
- Sun 2 Apr - Film Screening of ‘X+Y’
- Mon 17 - Wed 19 Apr - Easter Holidays: Brain Power!
- Wed 10 May - Music and the Brain
- Fri 12 May - Neuro Night
- Thu 14 Sep - Sensing Culture: Animal Brains
- Sat 16 Sep - Brain Spotlight
- Thu 5 Oct - Talk: The Enlightened Mr Parkinson
- Tue 10 Oct - The Traumatised Brain
- Sat 14 Oct - Brain Spotlight
- Thu 2 Nov - A WINdow on the Brain
- Sat 4 Nov - Masterclass: Evolution of the Brain
- Thu 16 Nov - Mind-altering Drugs: A Safer Way Forward?
- Sat 18 Nov - Brain Spotlight
- Wed 22 Nov - Learning to Read: Biology to Culture
- Sat 2 Dec - Talk: 'And now I have remembered you'
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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:
- 17 Jun - Science in the (super)market (Market Street, Newbury, RG14 1AY)
- 18 Jun - Science in the (super)market (Eden Shopping Centre, High Wycombe, HP11 2DQ)
- 19 Jun - Science in the (super)market (Tesco Extra, Aylesbury, HP20 8BU)
- 20 Jun - Science in the (super)market (Morrisons Supermarket, Banbury, OX16 5AQ)
- 21 Jun - Science in the (super)market (Tesco Superstore, Lakeview Drive, Bicester, OX26 1DE)
- 22 Jun - Science in the (super)market (Woolgate Shopping Centre, Witney OX28 6AR)
- 23 June - Science in the (super)market (Swindon Designer Outlet, Kemble Drive, Swindon, SN2 2DY)
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!
TUES 18 JULY
POETRY READING: TO BREATHE OURSELVES INTO SOME OTHER LUNGS
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.
19:00 – 21:00, The Oxford Retreat, 1-2 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford, OX1 2EW
THU 28 SEP 2017 - SUN 18 MAR 2018
BIOART AND BACTERIA
Explore your relationship with the microbial world, antibiotics and technology through art.
This exhibition by internationally renowned artist Anna Dumitriu, hosted at the Museum of the History of Science, takes visitors on an artistic journey through infection, from the Romantic period to contemporary synthetic biology.
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.