Science Festival 2017

As part of our strategic partnership with Cheltenham Festivals, College sponsored four events at the Science Festival, all of which were introduced by the girls. 

Marie Curie: A Celebration
Tuesday 6th June, 7.15pm - 8.15pm

Winning Nobel Prizes in both physics and chemistry, Marie Curie paved the way for nuclear physics and cancer therapy and transformed the role of women in science. To coincide with the 150th anniversary of Curie's birth, historian of science Patricia Fara talks to Vivienne Parry and explores the life, work and extraordinary legacy of one of science's greatest pioneers.

Ellen Stofan: Life beyond Earth
Saturday 10th June, 6.45pm - 7.45pm

With incredible images, NASA's former chief scientist Ellen Stofan consider the key conditions for life and where we should prioritise our search in coming decades.

Ellen Stofan: A journey through our solar system
Sunday 11th June, 10.00am - 11.00am

With incredible images from some of NASA’s great missions, Ellen Stofan, takes us on an exciting tour of our beautiful solar system. This is a family event (suitable for children aged eight and over).

Why do we laugh?
Sunday 11th June, 8.15pm - 9.15pm

Impressionist Jon Culshaw and cognitive neuroscientist and stand-up comedian Sophie Scott on a side-splitting dash through the science of cracking up as she explores what makes us giggle and why laughter is such a crucial part of the human experience.  

Speakers in College included:

Neuroscientist Professor Barbara Sahakian
Wednesday 7th June

Neuroscientist Professor Barbara Sahakian spoke to the girls about her festival events on the criminal mind and her research aimed at understanding the neural basis of cognitive, emotional and behavioural dysfunction.

Physicist Jim Al Khalili OBE
Thursday 8th June

Physicist Jim Al Khalili OBE spoke to the girls about his views on whether our universe is one of an infinite number and what’s like to bring physics to life on the radio and TV.

Engineer Roma Agrawal
Friday 9th June

Engineer Roma Agrawal spoke to the girls about what is was like to work on the Shard for six years and why she thinks engineering is a great combination of science and design.

Sports Scientist Steven Ingham
Friday 9th June

Steven Ingham, Sports Scientist and former Head of English Institute of Sport, spoke to the girls about training over 40 Olympic or World Medallists, including Jessica Ennis-Hill.

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