Cambridge Science Fair

Some 300 events all held in Cambridge in March. Some are drop-in; some need to be pre-booked, and they can book up fast.

Really aimed at teenagers, looking to find out more about science, though kind of interesting to anyone interested in science. It is run by the university and so the science and the researchers are world class.

The day I went to was very busy, though well worth the effort.

Their site is: http://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk

About Bungalows

Single storey dwellings under the name Bungalow have been around since the mid-19th century. The bungalow became both a symbol of bohemianism and the building type of choice for the aspiring upper middle class seeking an affordable second home in which to enjoy the new concept of ‘the weekend’. Dr Andy Brown, Planning Director at […]

via The First British Bungalow — Heritage Calling

Just 2.7% of statues in the UK are of historical, non-royal women

This Women’s History Month, we’re talking about the representation and commemoration of women throughout history. Just 2.7% of statues in the UK are of historical, non-royal women – and a number of campaigns are looking to change that. A crowdsourcing project is underway to install a statue of Emmeline Pankhurst in her home town of […]

via 8 Statues of Courageous Women in History — Heritage Calling

Cambridge Society for the Application of Research

“CSAR exists to encourage an appreciation of the application of research through lecturesvisits and student awards. We make time around these for conversation and interaction, providing excellent opportunities to meet people, make new friends, expand horizons, and network.”

I have been to some great events with the CSAR. The events are normally charged at around £3 (Yes, three quid) each. Whilst on the one hand these are run by professional scientists, they are targeted at anyone interested in science, or engineering.

They tend to be held at Churchill College in Cambridge, and you often get a chance to meet and talk with the speaker afterwards in the bar. My favourite so far was with Professor Caroline Wilkinson, the archeological facial reconstruction expert. But there have been many others.

Newly redesigned website for CSAR

Diamond Light Source

They do visits her on a fairly regular basis. These are free, though you may have to book several weeks in advance. Based near Oxford it is primarily a science research facility. A synchrotron that produces hard (and bright) X-rays, hence I am told the name: Diamond Light 🙂

You get a guided tour of the synchrotron itself buy a member of the staff. You also get to see some of the research that they are doing.

I found it absolutely fascinating, and it has a few small though really engaging interactive science stands I the large foyer. These are run by staff at the facility and were marvellous.

Their website is full of information: http://www.diamond.ac.uk/Public/

Big Bang Near Me

“It’s a programme of UK-wide events that get students excited about science, technology, engineering and maths.”

They may include theatre shows, exhibitions, some hands on and other interactive events. Along with careers info in STEM areas.

It is led by Engineering UK, so they may a engineering theme to them.  Not sure: I’ve not been to one yet.

Find out more: https://nearme.thebigbangfair.co.uk/about/

Elora Hardy: Magical houses, made of bamboo

You’ve never seen buildings like this. The stunning bamboo homes built by Elora Hardy and her team in Bali twist, curve and surprise at every turn. They defy convention because the bamboo itself is so enigmatic. No two poles of bamboo are alike, so every home, bridge and bathroom is exquisitely unique. In this beautiful, immersive talk, she shares the potential of bamboo, as both a sustainable resource and a spark for the imagination. “We have had to invent our own rules,” she says.

Freeman Dyson: Let’s look for life in the outer solar system

Physicist Freeman Dyson suggests that we start looking for life on the moons of Jupiter and out past Neptune, in the Kuiper belt and the Oort cloud. He talks about what such life would be like — and how we might find it.

A TED talk from the renowned physicist Freeman Dyson, whom his friend Oliver Sacks  describes as “A favorite word of Freeman’s about doing science and being creative is the word ‘subversive’. He feels it’s rather important not only to be not orthodox, but to be subversive, and he’s done that all his life.”*