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Warwick academics taking part

We have over 50 academics taking part in the British Science Festival. Read more about them and their events below.

Peter Sadler and Cinzia Imberti: Elementary, my dear Mendeleeve

In this event, Peter and Cinzia celebrate 150 years of the periodic table through discussion of the rich and varied history of the table. This event is alongisde Sir Martyn Poliakoff from the University of Nottingham.

Book now to discover more about the periodic table.

Julie MacPherson and Mark Newton: Diamonds are for everything

In their discussion, Julie and Mark consider the role diamond technologies are playing in the 21st century, and how they're so much more than just expensive gemstones.

Book now to learn more about diamonds.

Rebecca Notman: Skin deep

Rebecca's talk gets up close and personal with the body's largest organ - the skin. Discover just how elastic it is, and what Warwick's research into skin is all about.

Book now to get under the skin.

Nasir Rajpoot: AI for cancer diagnosis

How is AI changing the game in our understanding of cancer? Nasir's talk covers his work with cancer image data and working to develop AI algorithms.

Book now to delve into the world of AI and cancer.

Feng Hao: Can you trust an e-vote?

Electronic voting, or e-voting, is the ability to vote for a political party using a screen. What challenges do we face with e-voting, and how is Feng and his team tackling them?

Book now to find out more about e-voting.

James Covington: Smells like flu

James has developed an 'electric nose' which can distinguish tiny amounts of disease-related molecules from your breath. In this fascinating talk, discover how it could change the way we diagnose flu, or spotting early signs of more serious illnesses like cancer.

Book now to learn more about the 'electric nose'.

Farzana Meru: Birth of planets

In her talk, Farzana takes us to space via high resolution images of outer space and computer modelling to explore the birth and evolution of planets.

Book now to learn how our planet came to exist.

Watch Farzana's video.

Gary Barker and Steve Boyd: Neutrinos, the strangest particles in the universe

Join Gary and Steve in their discussion to find out what neutrinos are, and whether they hold the key to understanding our very existence.

Book now to discover more.

Sandra Chapman: Space super-storms

We've seen a large solar flare on earth back in 1859, which caused the aurora to be seen over the equator and played havoc on telegram systems. But what impact would another large solar flare have on our society today? Join Sandra to find out.

Book now to understand more about space super-storms.

Watch Sandra's video.

Kim Wade: Doctored memories

In this discussion, Kim is joined by multi award-winning artist Alison Jackson and journalist Priya Joi to discuss how doctored photographs make it hard to distinguish between what's real and what's fake, and the how this is impacting our memories and world views.

Book now for a trip down memory lane.

Watch Kim's video.

Nick Chater: Playing by the unwritten rules

Every day we enter into 'social contracts' - unwritten rules that range from small things like holding the door open for someone, or the more serious such as whether to get vaccinations. In his talk Nick covers how they form, what happens when they're broken and what they say about our morality.

Book now to play by the rules.

Nicos Nicolaou: Entrepreneurs - born or made?

In this talk, Nicos points us towards how being a successful businessperson might be less about our environment and more about our DNA.

Book now to see if your biology might play a part.

Nattavudh Powdthavee: In pursuit of the happiness equation

Using his research into behavioural economics Nattavudh helps us try to answer the age-old question: what makes us happy?

Book now to discover how we could feel happier.

Watch Nattavudh's video.

Mark Williams: Finding a murderer

Mark teams up with Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Payne - who heads up Homicide Investigation for West Midlands Police - as they reflect on Mark's research into digital forensic patholog and finding 'micro-injuries' which may not show up on a traditional post-mortem.

Book now to think about a crime scene in a new way

Erik Kampert: 5G - advancing the self-driving car

Erik's research into vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle 5G communication could change the way cars are connected to each other, which in turn may benefit a whole range of new safety features and other new vehicle features.

Book now on the road to the future.

Watch Erik's video.

David Greenwood: It's electrifying!

David is paving the way developing systems for electric vehicles and his talk covers whether the need for electric vehicles is as pressing as we think and what's being done about it.

Book now to get electrical and technical.

Andrew McAinsh: One cell to rule them all

We all started out as a single cell, and in this talk Andrew covers how a cell divides and makes exact copies of itself could be the crux to understanding a multitude of diseases and genetic disorders.

Book now to explore life on a cellular level.

Helena Tuomainen and Swaran Singh: Hitting a mental health milestone at 18

As teenagers reach the age of 18 it can mean that where they were entitled to regular mental health check-ups prior to their milestone birthday, following their birthday then can be deemed 'not ill enough' to maintain this level of care into adulthood. Helena and Swaran talk us through how they are working alongside young people, carers and health professionals across Europe to change this.

Book now to discover more about the MILESTONE project.

Deepak Parashar and Siobhan Quenby: The maths of personalised medicine

Deepak and Siobhan are using maths, artificial intelligence and lessons from clinical trials to find novel solutions for personalised medicine.

Book now to uncover the changing world of healthcare.

Lawrence Young: Breast cancer breakthroughs

In this panel discussion, Lawrence is joined by Breast Cancer Now researchers, Sophia Karagiannis (Kings College London), Klaus Pors (University of Bradford) and Arran Turnbull (University of Edinburgh) to help us understand more about their important research and advances in this area.

Book now to understand how we're battling the disease.

Michael Scott: Ancient Greece, virtually

Join Michael to discover why we struggle to visualise ancient Greece and how virtual reality and laser scanning ruins and archaeological sites is changing this.

Book now to take a trip to ancient Greece.

Watch Michael's video.

David Roper: Super drugs for superbugs

In this panel discussion, David is joined by experts from scientific and medical spectrums to discuss the new approaches that could save us from bacteria that are resistant to drugs - superbugs.

Book now to learn more about the future of medicine.

Oksana Trushkevych, Gavin Bell, Rachel Edwards, Tim Cunningham, Sue Burrows and the Coull Quartet: Immersed in soundwaves

In this unique immersive music performance you'll discover how sound waves are made, how they travel and how they're perceived. This performance has been composed specifically for The Undercroft in Coventry City centre by Oksana, Gavin, Rachel, Tim, Sue and the Coull Quartet.

Book now so you don't miss this incredible auditory experience.

Michael Bradshaw, Caroline Kuzemko and David Elmes: The geopolitics of the energy transition

This year, electricity in the UK ran for 6 days without burning coal.

Energy security and climate change are just some of the challenges that are facing the global energy system.

Join Gavin Bridge (Durham University), Michael Bradshaw (University of Warwick), Caroline Kuzemko (University of Warwick) and David Elmes (University of Warwick) as they discuss current and possible future trends in energy consumption and the issues associated with the UK’s low-carbon energy transition.

Book now to secure your place.

Visit the British Science Festival website now to see all the events taking place on campus and in Coventry and Warwickshire.