Science Festival 2016

As part of College’s strategic relationship with Cheltenham Festivals, the girls experienced a fantastic science-focused week. They took advantage of over 150 tickets reserved by College for more than 30 events recommended by the College Science departments.

All LC2 girls experienced the Festival 'Discover zone' and were taken to an astonishing and innovative event called 'Brain Control live'. Five outstanding speakers came into College for intimate Q&A sessions that were open for all girls to attend, SFC1s had access to science representatives from a variety of universities and the Chief Commercial Officer of Virgin Galactic talked to all of LC1 and LC3 about the future of commercial space travel. One girl, Maya Chawla (LC3), also talked to Tim Peake live on the International Space Station and posed the final question to him before his return to earth.

College sponsored four events and hosted a drinks reception for the CLC community before one of them. The Times Cheltenham Science Festival and Cheltenham Ladies’ College's Pioneers of Science Dinner in the Princess Hall was attended by many speakers, current SFC girls, staff, recent Guild studying STEM and medicine, and other members of the CLC community involved in science-related areas, including a Nobel prize winner. Guests were treated to a keynote speech from Professor Averil Macdonald OBE on the areas of focus and challenge for future pioneers.

Sponsored events included:

  • Olympians: The science of champions
  • Robert Winston - Homelab
  • Shakespeare and the new astronomy
  • Hannah Fry - the data of our lives

Speakers in College included:

  • Lord Robert Winston - IVF pioneer
  • Natasha Merat - expert on driverless cars
  • Mike Berners-Lee - expert on climate change
  • Rama Gheerawo - Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for design at the Royal College of Art
  • Stephen Attenborough - Chief Commercial Officer Virgin Galactic

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