Futures

FUTURES: a festival of discovery where you can explore the past, create the present and imagine the future

THIS NOVEMBER.... JOIN US FOR FUTURES2020

 

Back for another year, FUTURES promises to bigger and better than ever before! Across Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Plymouth, this festival of discovery will be taking place on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 November 2020 as part of European Researchers’ Night.

For FUTURES2020 we are working right across the South West, with researchers from the University of Bath, Bath Spa University, University of Bristol, University of Exeter and University of Plymouth joining us.

FUTURES2020 may look a little different this year but our aim remains the same – to bring research to life in new and exciting ways. And with a whole host of events ranging from storytelling to panel discussions, comedy, quizzes and a virtual knowledge fair, there are plenty of ways to get involved!

Check out the full programme here

Events

FUTURES 2020 will take place on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 November 2020

This year we are offering a fascinating programme of virtual and real life events. With storytelling, talks, quizzes and comedy all exploring the worlds of science, culture and research, there is something for everyone at FUTURES 2020.

Some events are ticketed, some are drop in and all are completely FREE.

How to Fix a Broken Planet?

Vital research on the Climate Crisis is ongoing, providing much needed evidence about the changes that are happening to our world. But what are your questions and concerns? Join us for a discussion where we will be sharing recent research on issues related to the current Climate Emergency and discussing how it relates to your … Continue reading How to Fix a Broken Planet?

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Discovery Talks: Sustainable foods: knowing, thinking, doing.

Is eating organic better? Is going vegan an environmentally friendly option? And how can we make farming more effective? In this panel event, our postgraduate researchers will consider how we can re-imagine our food systems and our relationship with food. It is well documented that our current global food system is unsustainable causing unacceptable environmental … Continue reading Discovery Talks: Sustainable foods: knowing, thinking, doing.

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Discovery Talks: Bubbles, Butterflies, Beetles and the Optics of Fruit

Join Dr Rox Middleton to learn about tiny structures that change the way we think about colour and materials. Physicist Rox Middleton from the department of Biological Sciences at University of Bristol will talk about light and the surprising way nature uses it to create spectacular colours without using colourful pigments. Rox will be talking … Continue reading Discovery Talks: Bubbles, Butterflies, Beetles and the Optics of Fruit

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Discovery Talks: Staring into the Abyss: Victorian Shipwrecks and Maritime Disaster

This talk looks at a time when shipwrecks were staged in theatres, and newspaper hawkers would shout ‘shipwreck! Shipwreck!’ to sell newspapers illustrating the last devastating wreck. From the mystery of the Mary Celeste to the Franklin expedition; from Coleridge’s ‘ancient mariner’ to tales of cannibalism, learn about the strange preoccupation the Victorians had with … Continue reading Discovery Talks: Staring into the Abyss: Victorian Shipwrecks and Maritime Disaster

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Discovery Talks: History from Home

What histories can you find at home? Even without being locked down it’s a good place to start, and it can help us understand how that thing ‘history’ involves all of us. This talk illustrates the ways in which an unexceptional personal family story can showcase one wider facet of British history, the experience of … Continue reading Discovery Talks: History from Home

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Discovery Talks: Music for the Shy?

Using two examples, I’ll introduce the subject of music and the (new-ish) phenomenon of Social Prescribing. This promises a revolution in wellbeing. Hopefully, this talk will become an interactive discussion. Presented by David Dewar, Department of Music at the University of Bristol. “I’m a ‘classical’ musician (conductor; harpsichordist; horn-player), and also a doctoral researcher in … Continue reading Discovery Talks: Music for the Shy?

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Discovery Talks: Quantum Parallel Worlds

Quantum theory describes how our universe behaves at the smallest scales, where atoms and their constituent particles interact, and underpins almost all of modern physics. In this talk, I will give a brief introduction to this hidden quantum world, highlighting some crucial and surprising differences between it and our everyday experiences. One way to understand … Continue reading Discovery Talks: Quantum Parallel Worlds

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Discovery Talks: A Short History of the Future of Work

The ‘future of work’ has been and gone several times already over the past few hundred years. Utopian and dystopian visions of automated worklessness arrive every few decades or so, and are seldom realised. Typically brought into being on the back of one crisis, they quickly fade as another crisis comes along and lays waste … Continue reading Discovery Talks: A Short History of the Future of Work

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Discovery Talks: How will STEMM research affect the daily lives of Bristolians in the future?

This collaboration between University of Bristol and Kilter Theatre aims to envisage the impact of current STEMM research on the daily lives of future Bristolians. Participants will be shown video monologues written by current postgraduate researchers, projecting their research into the future, and asked to consider what life-changing improvements they would like to see from … Continue reading Discovery Talks: How will STEMM research affect the daily lives of Bristolians in the future?

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Discovery Talks: Understanding COVID-19

Learn more about how researchers from across the University of Bristol are working hard to understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and its associated illness, COVID-19. This session, hosted by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, features six researchers speaking for ten minutes each about their projects, including what the pandemic means for young people’s mental … Continue reading Discovery Talks: Understanding COVID-19

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Science Showoff presents: Never Explain

Science doesn’t have to be serious, Never Explain is a science comedy gameshow like no other. Join host Steve Cross and two incredible teams of researchers for an hour of hilarious science comedy through the medium of a proper gameshow. Expect to learn one or two things but mainly expect to laugh and laugh.

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Researchers’ Tales

Pull up a chair and settle down to hear the stories behind the research as our researchers share their very personal stories of what has inspired, surprised and encouraged them during their careers. Come to Researchers’ Tales to hear short stories from researchers who work on varied topics. These include the 5G network, lasers, self-healing … Continue reading Researchers’ Tales

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I’m a Researcher – Ask Me Anything

Do you have a burning question you’ve always wanted to ask a scientist or a researcher? Head over to social news website Reddit and meet researchers from the University of Bath to ask them anything.   On Reddit, you’ll find:   Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh – Friday 27 November, 5pm Join Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh, director of … Continue reading I’m a Researcher – Ask Me Anything

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Who do we think you are? Online social identity detection

Are you a parent, an entrepreneur, a feminist, a libertarian, all of these, or none? By using machine learning, Dr Miriam Koschate will tell you from your writing style which group was influencing you while you were writing. You may be able to deceive the person next to you but our models will know who … Continue reading Who do we think you are? Online social identity detection

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How the Ancient Greeks Can Improve Your Health

The interactive session explores an ancient Greek’s programme for healthy living. Written 1800 years ago, Galen’s medical system was the basis of Western and Islamic Medicine for 1600 years. Might Galen’s healthy living be useful for us in the 21st century? Join Professor John Wilkins to consider Galen’s advice on the environment, eating and drinking, … Continue reading How the Ancient Greeks Can Improve Your Health

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Talking about Mindfulness Therapy for Young People

Join Jerry Fox and Dr Kristin Liabo for mindfulness exercises and discussion. Jerry is from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services; he has developed mindfulness therapy for young people and their carers. He’ll be chatting about how the success of the therapy was measured with data collected from groups in this project. He will … Continue reading Talking about Mindfulness Therapy for Young People

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Healthcare and Maths

See how maths and technology work together to measure and predict your movements and brain activity. Recordings from such technology hold clues to a person’s health. Piotr, Jen and Kyle from the University of Exeter explain how they use data analysis and maths to find these clues, such as patterns, in the recordings. These patterns … Continue reading Healthcare and Maths

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Serious Games: learn by doing

Discover how computer games are used by engineers to simulate and solve problems – and try them yourself. At the University of Exeter, a great tool has been developed to connect complex scientific information and explore the interactions between water, energy, land, and food resources management in the context of Climate Change. During the event, … Continue reading Serious Games: learn by doing

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The Curiosity Carousel Knowledge Fair

Roll up roll up, to our very special FUTURES 2020 Research Fair. Join our team of researchers as we host a carousel of exciting events designed to intrigue and amaze. At the Curiosity Carousel you can hear from and talk to a variety of researchers, and a special video presentation from the SS Great Britain … Continue reading The Curiosity Carousel Knowledge Fair

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Why is Climate Change so hard?

This lively online discussion with scientists, researchers and audience interaction, looks at communicating science, the psychology behind our actions, and the politics of Climate Change. Chaired by Radio 4 journalist Ritula Shah, we’ll be asking why is Climate Change so hard?  “The danger of global warming is as yet unseen, but real enough for us … Continue reading Why is Climate Change so hard?

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Lockdown Blues

Do you have the lockdown blues? This hour-long online workshop is about connection and catharsis through shared creativity. Dr Fred Cooper from the Wellcome Centre will talk briefly about the Beacon project on loneliness, show you some things that other people have been making, drawing, writing (or singing!) during Covid-19, and lend you some inspiration … Continue reading Lockdown Blues

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Gathering for a Future

Enjoy a unique opportunity to join ecological artist Pete Ward and Senior Politics Lecturer Dr Joanie Willett to share the stories of your local Cornish ecology through conversation and making. Through a dynamic afternoon of guided activities, we will explore the potential of the organic materials on our doorsteps to re-imagine our local communities and add their … Continue reading Gathering for a Future

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Discovery Talks: Expedition Earth: An Explorer’s Guide to a Planet in Peril

“We live on a rock-coated metal ball hurtling at 66,000 miles per hour through space, yet despite our breakneck orbit through a crowded cosmic neighbourhood it is the changes happening closer to home that present the greatest threats to humanity.” Professor Iain Stewart MBE, Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute and Professor of Geoscience Communication, … Continue reading Discovery Talks: Expedition Earth: An Explorer’s Guide to a Planet in Peril

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The Big Family Quiz

A fun evening of brain teasers for all the family, hosted by historian Professor James Daybell, Associate Dean of Research at the University of Plymouth and co-creator of acclaimed, alternative History podcast ‘Histories of the Unexpected‘. Join us to test your knowledge of the world around us, featuring mind boggling facts on literature, plants, the human … Continue reading The Big Family Quiz

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Land Ahoy! Talks on Maritime History and Heritage

Explore underwater heritage and naval history with experts from the University of Plymouth – filmed on location at several of Plymouth’s most renowned maritime landmarks. The Land ahoy! talks are an exciting opportunity for all to learn more about the people that work to protect our seas. The Disaster that Obscured Near Catastrophe: A Fresh … Continue reading Land Ahoy! Talks on Maritime History and Heritage

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A Day in the Life of a Researcher, EU Corner

An exclusive insight to the work of Marie Curie Fellows at the University of Plymouth, join us for a glimpse into the daily activities of these researchers and some top tips on pursuing a career in research. Featuring: Dr Anton Ilderton, Association Professor of Theoretical Physics Hear about Anton’s work using high-intensity lasers to explore … Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Researcher, EU Corner

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Research on your Doorstep: Online Science

Spend the day with researchers from University of Plymouth as they investigate some of the biggest challenges in the science world today from Plymouth’s favourite marine venues, including the National Marine Aquarium. Schools and young people are invited to enjoy all or a selection of the following 20-minute talks, each is accompanied by a 5-minute … Continue reading Research on your Doorstep: Online Science

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Discovery Talks: A matter of life and breath

Is breathing at the centre of what it means to be alive? Is it fundamental to being human or being conscious? If robots could ‘breathe’, would that make them human? Can the way that we breathe improve our mental health and even our ability to fight disease? In this panel event, our postgraduate researchers will … Continue reading Discovery Talks: A matter of life and breath

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FUTURES Exhibits @ The Galleries

Come along to The Galleries, Bristol on Friday 27 & Saturday 28 November to explore our FUTURES Exhibits:   Health and Creativity:   This very special FUTURES exhibition showcases what local people have produced with artists and researchers in creative workshops reflecting on health. Letter to My Kidneys: Could you imagine having kidney disease? Most … Continue reading FUTURES Exhibits @ The Galleries

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How to Fix a Broken Planet?

Vital research on the Climate Crisis is ongoing, providing much needed evidence about the changes that are happening to our world. But what are your questions and concerns? Join us for a discussion where we will be sharing recent research on issues related to the current Climate Emergency and discussing how it relates to your … Continue reading How to Fix a Broken Planet?

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Please note: Due to COVID-19, events may be subject to last-minute changes