The countdown begins…

OH EM GEE! Glasgow Science Festival 2013 starts in FOUR DAYS!


It’s been a crazy week of bookings, excessive coffee consumption, press… and zombie invasions (no, really).

After months of hard graft, we’re ready to launch!

Many events – including Dead Sleazy,  Science on the Streets, Life Drawing and The Big Pub Quiz – are completely sold out.There are still tickets left for several fantastic events though, so be quick and don’t miss out!  We’ve picked out some festival highlights below:


It’s a busy first day this Thursday 6th with Connecting to Pediatrics – join pediatrician Professor Dimitri Christakis from the University of Washington for an afternoon cup of coffee in Offshore and practical parenting advice. And if that isn’t enough to tempt you, the free ticket includes a FREE cupcake!


Join Dimitri for coffee, a cupcake & the latest research in pediatrics

Later that evening, head along to Glasgow’s beautiful City Chambers for a celebration of women in science.  Raise your glass to ‘Best of the West: Meet the Ladies‘ and sit back for some Pecha Kucha presentations (20 slides x 20 seconds) by women researching everything from malaria in Tanzania to public perceptions of sexual health. The show will be followed by a drinks reception.  Tickets are free but require booking – see our website.

Also on the 6th, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is opening its doors for From Corneas to Kidneys: Organ Transplantation, its History, Ethics & Art‘.  Enjoy this fascinating lecture in one of Glasgow’s most historic buildings.

On our first Festival Weekend there’s a whole host of activities, from the University of Strathclyde’s Research Day on Friday 7th to the hugely popular Science Sunday at the University of Glasgow on the 9th, coinciding with other events as part of the West End Festival.  Enjoy the parade on Byres Road then mosey on down to the university where you can programme your own robot, meet birds-of-prey and try your hand at life drawing, among other things!  All completely free.

Hands-on fun & activities for all ages at Science Sunday

Hands-on activities for all ages at Science Sunday


Laugh and learn: on Monday 10th June, the popular Bright Club comedy night is teaming up with Glasgow Skeptics to bring a night of science-themed banter and hilarity to The Admiral Bar. Six scientists will take to the stage to talk about their research via the medium of stand-up, with support from Channel 4’s Simon Watt and comedy songstress Helen Arney.  We’re expecting a sell-out, so grab your ticket here.

On Tuesday 11th, head on down to Blackfriars in the Merchant City for a double bill of science, music and comedy.  At 7 pm, Simon Watt is asking the big question: ‘Why We Die‘ – join him for a look at immortal jellyfish, Darwin’s visit to a séance and the world’s slowest bacteria.  Tickets online.

Simon Watt

Later in Blackfriars at 9 pm, Queen of Geek Chic Helen Arney (star of Uncaged Monkeys’, ‘Festival of the Spoken Nerd’) will be bringing her award-winning “Scientifically verifiable songs and statistically significant laughter” (The Skinny) to Glasgow for the first time, after a fantastic reception at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Tickets for ‘Voice of an Angle‘ are still available here.


One week into the festival and us staff will certainly be in need of a coffee!  On Wednesday 12th, there’s a special late opening of Artisan Roast on Gibson Street for ‘Tasty Science: The Art of Coffee‘. Pop in at 6.30 pm for a delicious cup of your favourite roast, served with a tasty helping of science.


In Blackfriars basement, noone can hear you scream. Wednesday is mid-week movie night with a screening of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic, ‘Alien’ for Celebrate Scinema. Before the film, test your knowledge of sci-fi beasties with a special alien-themed quiz hosted by astronomer Professor Martin Hendry.  There’s also the chance to meet real astronomers at a non-sci-fi Q&A.  Tickets are £3 and available online.

blackfriars alienwithdate

If you’re more into birds than extra-terrestrial beasties then there are still some tickets left for Life Among Feathers, also on 12th June. Pop on some 3D glasses and take a look at some of the amazing creatures living on or among bird feathers, hosted by Professor Edward Burt at the University of Glasgow – tickets are FREE but require booking.

To round off the week, on Thursday 13th there’s a free lecture sponsored by the Royal Philosphical Society about the past, present and future of isotopes. Friday 14th is the first of three days of workshops, talks and activities to celebrate the Higgs Boson discovery at Elementary: CERN and Scotland – let’s get physical!

Alexander Wilson (1766-1813) was a Scottish-American poet, artist and naturalist whose legacy will be celebrated by experts in literature, art history and ornithology at the Hunterian Zoology Museum on Friday 14th June at Alexander Wilson: Local Hero.  The evening will conclude with a drinks reception and the opening of a new exhibition in the museum. All free but ticketed.


An example of Alexander Wilson’s art


The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Glasgow, Naturally’ and this will culminate in a celebration of the natural world at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June.

The museum will play host to ‘Parklife‘, an exhibition featuring memories and photographs taken by the public of Glasgow’s best loved dear green places, from the Botanic Gardens to Pollok Park. The deadline for submitting photographs is 7th June so there’s still time to send yours to: Prizes are a meal for four at Sapporo Teppanyaki Restaurant (over 18s) and a four-person camping kit (under 18s).


Send us your favourite park memories and photos:

Also at Kelvingrove on the 16th is The Big Science Bake Off. From astrophysics to zoology, anything goes!  Bake your best science-themed cake and bring it along to the museum at 11am to be in with the chance of winning a full set of quality silicone bakeware.  And for the kids: design your own science-themed cake and the lucky winner will have it baked into a real one by Greggs!

This is just a taste of what’s in store over the next couple of weeks.  For more information, visit


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