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Other #msf18 events - some featured highlights

In addition to the Science Spectacular, researchers from The University of Manchester are involved in all sorts of Manchester Science Festival events and activities. And our cultural assets - The Whitworth, Manchester Museum, The John Rylands Library, and Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre are hosting a range of events for all ages.

Here our just some of our top picks for #msf18:

The Flash Bang Show

It’s going off in a big way. Doing exactly what it says on the (exploding syrup) tin, come and be blasted with colourful explosions and chemical reactions. Witness everything from rapid colour changes to clock reactions, gun cotton, sticky tape bombs, indoor fireworks, hydrogen rockets, water fires and phosphorus globes, and start your festival with a bang. See here for full details.

Audience: Families 5+
Venue: The Met
Date: Saturday 20 October
Time: 4pm – 5pm
Cost and booking info: £5. Booking required


Three Faces of Eve

Cinema gets psychological in this screening and panel discussion of 1950’s classic film The Three Faces of Eve. Delivered as part of trailblazing research project, Demons of the Mind, we explore the interactions between cinema and the psy sciences and debate the influence of movies on mental health narratives with mental health professionals and historians. See here for full details.

Audience: Adults and teenagers 15+
Venue: International Anthony Burgess Foundation
Date: Monday 22 October
Time: 6.30pm – 9pm (doors 6pm)
Cost and booking info: Free. Booking required


Lightning Strikes

Danger, danger: high voltage! The air will crackle, your hair will stand on end and sparks will fly in this electrifying tour of Manchester's High Voltage Test Lab. Explore the machinery of the laboratory, find out more about the mysterious salt fog chambers and electromagnetic screen rooms, then experience the coup de grace: a live demonstration of lightning arcing. See here for full details.

Audience: Adults and families 8+
Venue: The High Voltage Lab, Ferranti Building, The University of Manchester
Date: Saturday 20 October
Times:
12pm – 12.30pm, 1pm – 1.30pm, 2pm – 2.30pm, 3pm – 3.30pm
Cost and booking info: Free. Book on the day at the venue (bookings also taken from Science Spectacular)


Did You Come Alone?

"Hi. How are you?" This is a common greeting used to ask about health, but has anyone ever asked you; "did you come alone?" We’ll be exploring these questions in a short, interactive, one-on-one scenario. This is no ordinary theatre experience, as you’ll play the protagonist, answering questions and attempting tasks that will challenge assumptions of who is involved in human health. See here for full details.

Audience: Adults and teenagers 16+
Venue: Manchester Museum
Date: Saturday 27 October – Sunday 28 October
Time: 12pm – 5pm
Cost and booking info: Free. No need to book


Wunderkammer

May wunders never cease. Welcome the ‘wunderkammer,’ also known as a cabinet of curiosity. We’re inviting you to throw it open and goggle at all the weird and wonderful objects from the natural and medical world. Discover the mysterious histories behind these bizarre trinkets as they tell a story that stretches from the depths of scientific past to the present and beyond. See here for full details.

Audience: Families 7+
Venue: The John Rylands Library
Date: Tuesday 23 October and Thursday 25 October
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Cost and booking info: Free. Drop in any time


Nature Through Roman Eyes: A Closer Look

Author, naturalist, natural philosopher, soldier; Pliny the Elder had quite the life, and this is your last chance to see it up close. Walk amongst the exhibits and gain a startling insight into how Romans understood and made use of the natural world, from wonders of the animal kingdom to botany’s finest plants and trees. Keep an eye out for our pop-up station, where researchers will be on hand to showcase how the natural world has influenced modern medicine, like developments in anti-inflammatory drugs. See here for full details.

Audience: Adults and families 12+ (exhibition), All ages (pop-up station)
Venue: Manchester Museum
Date/Time: Thursday 18 October – Sunday 28 October, 10am – 5pm (researchers will be around to chat on Tuesday 23 October – Thursday 25 October, 1pm – 3pm)
Cost and booking info: Free. Drop in any time


Earth Half Day

Half Earth Day will be buzzing with brilliant minds sharing ideas to celebrate this global campaign to save half the world for all of life. See plastic coughed up by seabirds, discover ancient Egyptian beehives and find out more about our living colonies on the roof. Take a closer look at the museum’s rich collection and the stories it can tell us about our precious planet Earth. See here for full details.

Audience: Families 5+
Venue: Manchester Museum
Date: Monday 22 October
Time: 11am – 4pm
Cost and booking info: Free. Drop in any time


Manchester Mills Demos

Wheels churn like the clackers. Machines roar like thunder. Looms leap into life. Wrap yourselves up in the mystery of the mills as we weave together the world of Manchester’s diverse community of millworkers. Feel the frenzy of industry as we bring to life our most prized collection of objects and turn raw cotton into fine products like calico cloth. This special edition of our regular demo will run in both English and Bengali, in honour of the many Bangladeshi mill workers who contributed significantly to Manchester’s Cottonopolis story. See here for full details.

Audience: Adults and families 5+
Venue: Science and Industry Museum
Date/Time: Tuesday 23 October, 10.30am – 11.15am (families 5+), Sunday 28 October, 4pm – 4.45pm (adults)
Cost and booking info: Free. No need to book


Conserving Science: Preventing Extinction

Join the conservation conversation. Wander through Chester Zoo and The University of Manchester’s pop-up lab and discover how they are working together to save some of the world’s most endangered species. Sulawesi crested macaques, Asian songbirds, black rhinos and mountain zebras, they’re all featured and they all need your help. Do your bit by catching up with conservation scientists, exploring research from the field and taking part in a live link with a Kenyan lab. See here for full details.

Audience: Families 10+
Venue: Great Northern
Date/Time: Thursday 18 October – Sunday 28 October, open 24 hours (staff from Chester Zoo will be around to chat on Saturday 20 October – Tuesday 23 October, 2pm – 7pm)
Cost and booking info: Free. Drop in any time


Power Playground

Generate a whole lot of energy at our action packed weekend. Discover environmentally friendly future fuel cells and fire them up to snap a selfie with a thermal camera. See what the future holds and explore a virtual wind farm using drones, make your own solar powered car and much, much more. See here for full details.

Audience: All ages.
Venue: Science and Industry Museum
Date: Saturday 20 October – Sunday 21 October
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost and booking info: Free. Drop in any time


Power: Late

Get switched on to our supercharged adults-only evening of electrifying fun. Experiment with the weird and wonderful things you can do with electricity, like making lightbulbs work without plugging them into anything. Mess around with our miniature lightning machine and take control of a fleet of robotic drones to inspect a virtual wind farm and keep the lights on. See here for full details.

Audience: Adults 18+
Venue: Science and Industry Museum
Date: Wednesday 24 October
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Cost and booking info: Free. Booking required.


Been Through the Mill

The mill at Quarry Bank was a gory, gruesome place. Millworkers found themselves getting all sorts of horrible injuries, and you can get an eyeful of all the nitty-gritty, grisly details. Discover what it would have been like to work with a disability in the 19th century, meet an actual mill doctor and compare historical treatments with today’s medical advances. See here for full details.

Audience: Families 3+
Venue: Quarry Bank, National Trust
Date: Monday 22 October – Friday 26 October
Time: 11am – 4pm
Cost and booking info: Free (included in venue admission fee). No need to book


Pi: Biggest Eyes to the Skies

For one day only, grab a sneak peek into the fascinating universe of The Extremely Large Telescope from the brains behind the project at the European Southern Observatory. Build a telescope using mirrors and lasers, snap infrared pictures of exotic planets and discover how to see through dustclouds. See here for full details.

Audience: Families 7+
Venue: Science and Industry Museum
Date: Friday 26 October
Time: 10.30am – 4pm
Cost and booking info: Free. Drop in any time


Seven Thousand Feet

Marvel at the sight of seven thousand socks hanging high, as artist Christine Wilcox-Baker socks it to diabetes with an epic installation. Every year, over seven thousand lower limbs are amputated in the UK due to diabetes and this giant artwork brings that home. There’ll be games to play, art to do and people in the know to meet, so you can discover more about how we can defeat this condition. See here for full details.

Audience: All ages.
Venue: Central Library
Date: Thursday 18 October – Wednesday 14 November (except Sundays)
Time: 9am – 8pm (Monday – Thursday), 9am – 5pm (Friday and Saturday)
Cost and booking info: Free. Drop in any time


Pi: Best Foot Forward

Garlic wards off vampires, but can it ward off diabetes? The greatest minds of our generation are thinking on their feet in the fight against this debilitating condition, and we’re inviting you to pick their brains. Zoom around our ‘driving with diabetes’ simulator, try out our FootSnap app to see how healthy your feet are and leave your own footprint for our mural. See here for full details.

Audience: Families 7+
Venue: Science and Industry Museum
Date: Monday 22 October
Time: 10.30am – 4pm
Cost and booking info: Free. Drop in any time


Music and Mutation

Music morphs, modifies and mutates into something profound in this pioneering live performance. Listen as a geneticist takes an experimental method of turning DNA sequences into musical works and puts it in the fine-tuned hands of performers. You’re invited to listen to the results, so come along and ‘hear’ mutations like you’ve never heard them before. See here for full details.

Audience: Adults and families 12+
Venue: Emmanuel Church
Date: Saturday 27 October
Time: 11am – 12.40pm (doors 10.15am)
Cost and booking info: Free. No need to book


Aeon: Liberation

It’s the near future. You’re a researcher taking a tour of a cloning facility. Protesters suddenly burst in. What do you do? How do you react? Welcome to Aeon, an immersive theatre experience exploring the moral complexities of a future where cloning is a reality. As the tension racks up, you’ll come face-to-face with the clones whose release may pose a risk to all of humanity. See here for full details.

Audience: Adults and teenagers 15+
Venue: Stopford Building, The University of Manchester
Date/Times: Friday 19 October, 7pm – 8.15pm, Saturday 20 October 11.30am – 12.45pm, 1.30pm – 2.45pm and 3.30pm – 4.45pm
Cost and booking info: £8 / £6 (concessions available). Booking required


Sentinel

Rolling synths and electro rhythms cascade over live vocals, laser lighting and vibrant video in this captivating show. Musician Richard Evans and award-winning artist Valentina D'efilippo return with stunning new data visualisations and music, building on the success of last year’s event. Immerse yourself in a multi-sensory experience of the past, present and future of global warming culled directly from climate and migrant data and bear witness to a powerful vision of the planet’s most urgent issue. See here for full details.

Audience: Adults and families 12+
Venue: Waterside
Date: Thursday 25 October
Time: 7pm – 9.15pm (7pm – 8pm panel discussion, 8.15pm – 9.15pm performance)
Cost and booking info: £10 / £8 (concessions available). Booking required


Experimental Words

Biology encounters balladry, mathematics meets metre, and chemistry collides with cadence as leading scientists are paired with Manchester’s finest spoken word artists. That’s right: Experimental Words is back! And this time, it’s bigger than ever before. Explore rhyme, rhythm, and reason through everything from gravitational waves to electricity and biohacking – and celebrate the creative similarities between science and the performing arts. See here for full details.

Audience: Adults and teenagers 14+
Venue: Science and Industry Museum
Date: Thursday 25 October
Time: 8pm – 10pm (doors 7.30pm)
Cost and booking info: £5 / £4 (concessions available). Booking required


The Story Collider

Stereotypes, convention and stale thinking get smashed to smithereens as an all-female line-up of scientists and storytellers put a human face on their profession. Listen rapt as real people share personal stories that go far beyond the clichés of white lab coats and safety goggles, revealing what makes them get out of bed every day to do what they do. We’ll be live recording stories for The Story Collider podcast series, so you can share your favourites with loved ones around the world. See here for full details.

Audience: Adults and teenagers 14+
Venue: Pie and Ale (Beer Hall), Unit 2, The Hive, Off Lever Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 1FN
Date: Friday 26 October
Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Cost and booking info: £4


Part of Manchester Science Festival, Thursday 18 October – Sunday 28 October 2018
Play with science, create something amazing and discover art, workshops, performances and big experience at England’s largest science festival. For all ages, across Greater Manchester. For more information visit www.manchestersciencefestival.com