Another year of celebrating science in the city: Glasgow, naturally

The dust has settled.  The owls have returned to Hogwarts.  Our wrap party hangovers have (almost) subsided. And the science-themed cakes have long been consumed.

Glasgow Science Festival is finished for another year and it’s time to reflect on what was a fantastic eleven days of science in the city.

This year was our biggest yet.  By day, school children from all over Glasgow enjoyed free hands-on science activities, from genetics to engineering.  By night, pubs, cafes, lecture halls and museums played host to cinema screenings, whisky tastings, science shows, comedy, art classes and grrrr arrggh zombies!

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Braaaaaainsss!

Katie enjoying The Big Science Pub Quiz

Katie enjoying The Big Science Pub Quiz

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Simon Watt asking ‘Why We Die’

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Helen Arney, ‘Voice of an Angle’

The festival team would like to thank everybody for their support in making this year our best yet!

Did you attend an event?  We’d really appreciate your feedback to help make 2014 even better!  You can fill out our evaluation form here.

Until next time…

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Let’s get quizzical

Art, coffee, birds, aliens… yesterday’s festivities offered a platter of science to suit all tastes!  In Blackfriars, Professor Martin Hendry fielded some fascinating questions about space exploration after a screening of sci-fi favourite ‘Alien’. Meanwhile, in the Hunterian Zoology museum, visitors enjoyed an excellent scientist and artist-led life drawing workshop (see below!).  Over at the University of Glasgow, bird enthusiasts were delighted by Professor Edward Burt’s 3D look at birds, feathers and beasties.  And coffee connoisseurs in Artisan Roast enjoyed a new insight into the science behind our favourite mid-morning tipple.

‘Common Porcupine’ – drawing by Gemma Jennings

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‘Life Drawing: Under the Skin’ in the Hunterian Zoology Museum

Tonight we’ll be testing your science geek credentials (or guessing ability!) at the Big Science Pub Quiz in Blackfriars, which is now sold out.  Meanwhile, at the University of Glasgow, Prof David Sanderson will be giving the Royal Philosophical Society’s Soddy Lecture (free, tickets still available online).

We’re gearing up for the last weekend of Glasgow Science Festival (it’s all over soon, sniffle!).  Among the free events are ‘Geek Walks‘, a celebration of CERN, tributes from scientists, artists and writers to Alexander Wilson and the results of our photography competition in the form of a Dear Green Places Parklife exhibition at Glasgow, Naturally in Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.  There’s also the chance to enter our Big Science Bake Off on Sunday.  For all this and more, check out our website!

Ticketed events

Big Science Pub Quiz – SOLD OUT

Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow: Soddy Lecture – tickets still available

Drop-in events

Water at the Heart of Science

21st Century Plant Science

The Clipperton Project’s Floating Laboratory

Glasgow Science Centre

MAKLAB: Design, Build, Create

The Art of Coffee

Sweetly roasted or full-bodied and bitter?  At Glasgow Science Festival this year, Dr Richard Burchmore of the Glasgow Polyomics Facility is hosting ‘Tasting Science: The Art of Coffee’, where he will explain how the chemical make-up of coffee is key to its aroma and taste. 

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Richard adds some C12H22O11 and an emulsion of triglyceride globules to water to get his daily hit of his favourite crystalline xanthine alkaloid.

Who are you and what do you do?

I am a biochemist. I develop ways to investigate the chemical composition of important things, like parasites, cancers and coffee.

What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?

I am based at the University of Glasgow and I enjoy the challenge of trying to explain my science to non-scientists.

When you think of Glasgow, what are the first 3 words that come to mind?

Friendly, Green, Wet

If there was a zombie apocalypse, where would you hide?

On an island in Loch Lomond

What’s your favourite park or nature spot in Glasgow and why?

The Campsie Fells. I can cycle there in 20 minutes and it feels wild and remote.

Impress us with your favourite science fact

Three quarters of the species on earth are parasites.

Join Richard for a cup of coffee served with science today at Artisan Roast on Gibson Street. Tickets are now SOLD OUT!

Day seven: Aliens, coffee and 3D birds

Last night Blackfriars in the Merchant City was host to two sell-out shows with Simon Watt delving into the mystery of morbidity and songstress Helen Arney entertaining us with a wonderful array of science puns and cosmic tunes!

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Simon Watt asking ‘Why We Die’

The sciencey- fun in the pub continues tonight with a special screening of ‘Alien‘ in Blackfriars, followed by a Q&A with real astronomers as well as a sci-fi quiz, hosted by Prof Martin Hendry.

Meanwhile, in the University of Glasgow’s zoology department, don some 3D glasses and take a look at Life Among Feathers with Professor Edward Burt.

Fancy a bit of exercise tonight? Ditch the aerobics class and instead enjoy a Walk with Scotland’s Forgotten Birdman at the RSPB Lochwinnoch visitor centre.

Ticketed events

Celebrate Scinema: Alien film screening and Q&A

Life Drawing: Under the Skin – SOLD OUT

Tasty Science: The Art of Coffee – SOLD OUT

Alexander Wilson: a Walk with Scotland’s Forgotten Birdman

Life Among Feathers

Drop-in events

Water at the Heart of Science

21st Century Plant Science

The Clipperton Project’s Floating Laboratory

Glasgow Science Centre

MAKLAB: Design, Build, Create

Comedy, music and death, naturally…

We’ve passed the halfway mark and it’s already day six of Glasgow Science Festival!

Last night, Simon Watt, Helen Arney and six of Glasgow’s funniest academics performed to a sell-out crowd at The Admiral Bar, with spider sex, fly sperm and sordid constellations among the well-researched jokes!

Check out the highlights for today’s events below:

Ticketed events

Fancy yourself as the next Brian Cox? Interested in public engagement or the media as a career? This lunchtime from 12-1pm at the University of Glasgow, join experts for a Science Communication & the Media: Careers Q&A. Get your free ticket here.  If you can’t make it along in person, tweet your questions @GlasgowSciFest, hashtag #askGSF!

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Feeling inspired after last night’s platter of academic comedy? Hone your communication skills and try a unique form of public engagement by joining a FREE stand-up comedy workshop for researchers at Blackfriars from 5-6 pm. For tickets, email sciencefestival@glasgow.ac.uk.

From sex to death, Channel 4’s Simon Watt isn’t scared to tackle some big questions! Tonight he asks ‘Why We Die‘ at Blackfriars at 7pm – tickets are still available here.

If you enjoyed Helen’s science-infused songs from last night then don’t miss her award-winning show ‘Voice of an Angle‘ at Blackfriars tonight at 9pm – get your ticket online.

Drop-in events

Water at the Heart of Science

21st Century Plant Science

The Clipperton Project’s Floating Laboratory

Glasgow Science Centre

MAKLAB: Design, Build, Create

On the fifth day of sci-fest, my labmate gave to me…

After a buzzing Science Sunday It’s full steam ahead for Glasgow Science Festival as we enter a second week of exciting science-infused events! Today’s lineup should help you beat the Monday blues, with comedy in The Admiral, herpetology in The Tron theatre and an array of exhibitions to suit all ages and interests.

Glasgow University was host to a number of birdy visitors at Science Sunday

Glasgow University was host to a number of birdy visitors at Science Sunday yesterday

Ticketed events

Bright Club Meets Glasgow Skeptics: Festival Special

Drop-in events

Cafe Scientifique: Festival Special

Water at the Heart of Science

21st Century Plant Science

The Clipperton Project’s Floating Laboratory

Glasgow Science Centre

MAKLAB: Design, Build, Create

Happy Science Sunday!

The West End is sure to be buzzing today: not only is it the West End festival’s Byres Road parade but also Glasgow Science Festival‘s Science Sunday and ZooFest at the University of Glasgow. Pop in and enjoy a variety of activities for all ages and interests, from astrophysics to zoology!

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The full lineup for today is listed below:

Ticketed events

Alexander Wilson: A Walk with Scotland’s Forgotten Birdman

Drop-in events

Science Sunday

ZooFest

21st Century Plant Science

The Clipperton Project’s Floating Laboratory

Cosmic Way

Glasgow Science Centre

Whitelee Windfarm Science Special