My Favourite Experiments – World Tour!

8 October, Saturday – 11:30 to 12:30 
Hall 42 in partnership with Microsoft
suitable for children 12 and above

Science is universal, but experiments vary widely from one country to another. Join Canadian born Michael Gregory, now living in France for an around the world tour of experiments, collected by a mad-scientist/teacher who has crossed over thirty countries by bicycle asking scientists and educators the same question “what’s your favourite experiment?

In English, with translation.
In partnership with Neterra.

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Music to Your Ears

8 October, Saturday – 13:00 to 14:00
Cosmos Hall in partnership with A1
children 7 and above
book your free of charge pass 

How do we make sounds, record sounds and see sounds? This exciting presentation, with lots of demonstrations and audience interaction, reveals the secrets from the basics of sound to the latest in music technology. Witness the ultimate ‘hands-free’ instrument and see a musical instrument played with a blowtorch!

“I never knew that you can amplify sound using a table!” – Student

Discover what sound is, and see what it actually looks like. Find out how our ears pick up sound, and how they can be damaged by loud music. Uncover the mysteries of how CD players and MP3 players work, and have some fun with synthesised voices!

In English, with translation

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House of Cards – Paper as a Building Material

8 October, Saturday – 13:00 to 14:00
Hall 42 in partnership with Microsoft
suitable for young adults and adults

Paper is a material of natural origin, its main component – cellulose is the most common natural polymer on the globe. Paper properties allow it to be multiply recycled. When treated properly, paper is suitable for design and architecture as the main building material. During the lecture, the different scopes of architectural objects and buildings made of paper-based materials will be presented.

In English, with translation.
In partnership with the Polish Institute.

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Look Up

8 October, Saturday – 16:00 to 17:00 
Cosmos Hall in association with А1
suitable for age 7 and above

Let’s explore some of the science behind space exploration. Which planet is hottest? Which would float in a swimming pool? Which is the most studied? And just how much space is in space? Join him in this live show to see what experiments you can recreate at home or school and learn about what you can see if you only look up!

Simon Watt is a biologist, writer, science communicator, comedian and TV presenter.

In English, with translation.

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The Meaning of Life: From the Perspective of a Neo-Darwinist

8 October, Saturday – 16:00 to 17:00
Hall 42 in association with Microsoft
suitable for teenagers and adults

What is the meaning of life? The question has sparked numerous heated arguments throughout history, leading to a meme published 42 years ago. Can a simple evolutionary biologist contribute to this topic and put an end to all debates? Probably not, but he will try anyway, which is a universally known and deeply condemned human trait. Join Hungarian data scientist and evolutionary biologist Adam Radvanyi in a quest for answers.

In English, with translation.
In partnership with the Hungarian Institute.

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Green-blue sunset on Mars, a hidden Klimt and other chemical stories

8 October, Saturday – 17:30 to 18:30
Cosmos Hall in association with A1
teenage and adults

Professor Dr. Franz Renz from the Leibniz University, a member of the NASA Mars Exploration Rover Mission Spirit und Opportunity, investigates the martian surface since 2004. Join him to hear about the green-blue martian sunsets, several other scientific highlights and exciting stories around the mission of the two rovers. The 140cm tall rovers are driven by solar power. Like a geological scientist the rovers have got some scientific devices like the MIMOSII to identify minerals, e.g.Jarosit, which grows only in liquid water and proved that the Mars was once a blue planet. The same MIMOSII device revealed a hidden art work around Gustav Klimt.

In English, with translation
In partnership with the Austrian Embassy

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On the Edge of Time/Space: Capturing the Fist Image of a Black Hole

8 October, Saturday – 19:00 to 20:00
Cosmos Hall in association with A1
general audience

Dr. Dominic Pesce is an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics studying black holes, radio astronomy, and observational cosmology. Pesce is part of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration, an international team of researchers working to capture the highest-resolution images of black holes and other astronomical objects. In his presentation, Pesce will walk us through the history of the EHT, describe how many individual radio dishes around the world can be linked together to operate as a single Earth-sized telescope, and recount the journey of how astronomers were able to use this network of telescopes to capture the first image of a black hole.

This event will be live online and only available for audiences at the festival. In English with translation.
In partnership with the Embassy of the USA.

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Why We Die

Saturday 8 October – 20:30 to 21:30
Cosmos Hall 
Adult audience
in English with interpretation

Death might not be certain, though taxes probably are. In this talk, featuring biologically immortal jellyfish, the world’s slowest bacteria and the cast of Alice through the Looking Glass, biologist Simon Watt delves into the surprising science behind why we die, and what the alternatives might be. Come to satisfy your morbid curiosity.

This event is dedicated to the 190th anniversary since the birth of writer Lewis Carroll.

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It’s Only Water

9 October, Sunday – 11:30 to 12:30
Cosmos Hall in association with A1
Age 7 and above, in English with translation

We are all familiar with water; we see it every day. But in this interactive show we help you dive a little deeper, to think about what water is made from and all the amazing things it can do. From absorbing water effectively, to dissolving chemicals in it, you can squash, freeze and heat water to do all sorts of things. Its properties really are extraordinary. Using lots of demonstrations and volunteers to help, our presenters will help you recognise and name properties of water – freezing, boiling, melting, condensing, dissolving and evaporating and will talk about the states of matter – solid, liquid and gas. They will illustrate how water has a chemical formula and how water and the objects in it are affect by forces – floating and sinking, gravity. For 11+ age groups, our presenters encourage the audience to think about how elements consist of atoms that combine together in chemical reactions to form compounds, and how gravity  – as a weak force – can be over-come by other forces. This show contains demonstrations where water will be spilled on the floor. Please ensure your venue is suitable. And be prepared to get wet! Audience members (especially teachers) may get a little wetter than they bargain for.

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