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Manchester Science Festival 2017!

Oct 11, 2017

Manchester Science Festival

As lead Educational Sponsor of Manchester Science Festival the University will be hosting some exciting interactive events as part of this creative celebration of science.

Produced by the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Science Festival is the largest science festival in England and will take place from Thursday 19 – Sunday 29 October. The range of events and activities that make up the festival cater for all ages and a whole host of interests – there really is something for everyone, not just those interested in ‘the science bit’.

Full details of all of the events are listed on the Manchester Science festival website and include: 

Hip Hop Science Stop

Friday 20 October, 6pm – 8pm FREE

MediaCityUK campus

Join us at our MCUK campus and meet Josh Award winner, Jon Chase, as he explains all about science through science fiction, the technology of hip hop and how rap can help people get involved in science at home or even on the street. Hear Jon talk about how rappers and researchers are working together, and discover the urban science experiments using household waste and pound shop bargains that will show you how to be a boffin on a budget.

Josh Award winner Jon Chase is a BBC Bitesize science presenter and science rapper, who has produced science raps for the BBC, Channel 4 learning and NASA amongst others. He is also an author having recently co-written a book about the ‘Science of Star Wars’, as well as the soon to be released ‘Science of Harry Potter’.

Stay on after Jon’s talk (adults only) for a special preview of AquAIRium and Science in the House. An evening not to be missed – book now!


Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 October, 11am – 5pm. Drop in any time, no booking required. FREE

MediaCityUK campus

During our Game Lab weekend the MediaCityUK campus is transformed into a massive science experiment over three floors, bringing together interactive and immersive experiences. Ideal for children aged 12+, expect puzzles, problem-solving and PlayStations. From controllable floating fish to the latest virtual reality from VR Manchester, eSport demos, retro platforms and interactive VJ events, you can do it all.

Watch below as Prof Andy Miah, Chair in Science Communication & Future Media, introduces GameLab:

In addition, we'll be hosting the following events (there's something for everyone so we hope to see you there): 

Electrifying the voice, a night of music and acoustic experimentation, on Thursday 19 October with Professor Trevor Cox.

Our library of fake news at MediaCityUK from Saturday 21 to Friday 27 October. Visitors can find out why misinformation could mean that now more than ever, seeing is no longer believing. 

#CitizenScience showcase, a celebration of people-powered experiments at MediaCityUK on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October. 

DeviceD, an audiovisual installation performed by a dancer receiving performance instructions from twitter interactions (Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October) at MediaCityUK. 

Sing 'til you're grinning - for 12 weeks Eccles Daytime Choir have been scrutinised by scientists to see if being part of a group of singes can make a difference to their wellbeing. The scientists will be sharing the results at Eccles Gateway and Library on Thursday 26 October. 

Pi: Baffled by brains - researchers from the School of Environment and Life Sciences and Salford Institute for Dementia will be discussing how our brains work, what happens when they breakdown, and how research may prevent brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease. The event takes place in the Museum of Science and Industry on Saturday 28 October. 

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