Week 1 down, 4 days to go!

From outdoor cinema screenings to science-themed gin nights and comedy, it’s been a packed week for Glasgow Science Festival!

Astronomer Prof Martin Hendry and novelist Pippa Goldschmit discuss the relation between science and literature.

Astronomer Prof Martin Hendry and novelist Pippa Goldschmit discuss the relationship between science and literature at last night’s event in Mono. Photo by Gabi Bilinskaite.

We’re gearing up for the final weekend of science fun across the city.  If you missed out on the first 7 days then there’s still plenty to see and do.

Tonight (Thursday 11th June), we’ve teamed up with the Society of Biology for a screening of ‘Can Eating Insects Save the World?’ at Glasgow Science Centre. The documentary will be followed by a Q&A exploring insects as a viable food source and chance to try some for yourself! The event is FREE and can be booked online.

Also tonight: explore the journey that your seafood dinner makes from the waters around the West coast to your plate, with ‘Creel to Meal’ at Drygate. The meal will be hosted by marine biologists and includes a delicious langoustine dinner and flight of tasty beer.  Book online.

When will the next pandemic virus emerge? How will we combat antibiotic resistance? Explore these questions and more at microTALKS, tonight at the University of Glasgow. Free, book online.

Can a chimpanzee ever be found guilty of murder? This Friday, join the jury for A Chimp on Trial at the University of Glasgow, hosted by Drs Kate Cross and Lewis Dean. This free event can be booked online.

‘Wish 143’ is an Oscar-nominated short film about a terminally ill young man whose wish before he dies is to have sex.  On Saturday 13th June, join a free screening of the film at the University of Glasgow’s Beatson Institute followed by a Q&A with the film’s lead actor and director, as well as researchers working on teenage cancers.  Refreshments will be provided, book online.

Saturday will also see the launch of ‘A Festival of Light’, a series of events to celebrate ‘Scotland’s Forgotten Einstein’, James Clerk Maxwell. Hear talks from experts (for listings and booking click here), marvel at a laser show and watch documentary ‘A Sense of Wonder’, with poet Rab Wilson. All for free!

Get your dancing shoes on this Saturday night for the Glasgow Science Festival Ceilidh in Partick Burgh Hall! As part of the night we’re paying tribute to Maxwell with a specially choreographed physics-inspired dance, ‘Maxwell’s Waves’. Tickets are £5.95 and can be booked online.

The final day of Glasgow Science Festival culminates in the ever-popular Science Sunday at the University of Glasgow. The free family-friendly day set in the university’s Hunter Halls will see an array of hands-on activities and shows from 10-4pm.

Meanwhile, in The Sparkle Horse, a selection of intriguing science-themed board games will be set up for ‘State of Play’ – wile away your Sunday afternoon by building dinosaur zoos and saving the world from pandemic flu. Book online.

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