Cheltenham Science Festival 2018

As part of our strategic partnership with Cheltenham Festivals, College is sponsoring three events at the Science Festival, all of which will be introduced by the girls.

Secrets of the Teenage Brain

Tuesday 5th June, 8.30pm – 9.30pm

Neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore will explore the brain changes responsible for the hallmarks of teenage behaviour and show why this period of our lives should be acknowledged, nurtured and celebrated as the time when we truly invented ourselves. Excerpts from her book were published in the Sunday Times in March 2018.

Science and Suffrage: A Centenary Celebration

Thursday 7th June, 6.00pm - 7.00pm

The dark years of World War One led many extraordinary women to enter conventionally male domains, including science and medicine. To celebrate 100 years since women first received the vote, historians Patricia Fara and Sarah Richardson join broadcaster Vivienne Parry to explore the legacy of the suffrage movement and celebrate those whose achievements and discoveries bravely paved the way for today's female scientists.

The future of Human Communication

Friday 8th June, 4.45pm – 5.45pm

How will we socialise in the future? Thanks to advances in technology, it is as easy to talk to someone on the other side of the world as it is to speak to a neighbour. Yet despite its many benefits, concerns have been raised about the decrease of face-to-face interaction in our wired world. Professor of Social Interaction Elizabeth Stokoe, neuroscientist Sophie Scott and internet sociologist Bernie Hogan explore what the future of communication might hold. 

College is also sponsoring the Family Science Trail in Imperial Gardens during the festival.

Speakers in College will include mathematician Hannah Fry and others still to be confirmed.

On Friday 8th June, College and Cheltenham Festivals will jointly host the 'Pioneers of Science' dinner, bringing together those interested in STEM and medicine in the CLC community with leading speakers and sponsors from the Festival.

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