Press release: Explore OSF17

Friday 28 April 2017



Are we in control of our own destiny when it comes to sex, food and the future of our planet? Meaty topics at this year’s Oxfordshire Science Festival will explore everything from solar plasmas to pleasure and insect’s knees to the history and fate of humanity.
There is something for everyone from touching clouds and building stars, to dancing the Universe or watching a contagious cabaret. You may even know one of Oxfordshire’s youngest poets, as pupils across the county are crafting new verses for the Science Festival Poetry Competition.
Over the weekend, 30 different groups will be in Oxford Town Hall, inviting everyone to get hands-on with the very latest research 12-5pm. Science Oxford, University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, local industry and research institutes will present some brilliant innovations and ideas. Families, adults and kids of all ages can delve into the world of exosomes, entomophagy and optical illusions. For the first time, the Festival will open the hands-on Explorazone in the evening on Saturday 17 June for adults only, so grown-ups too can play at being a paramedic, a plasma physicist or prevent a Polio pandemic.
The evolution debate will be untangled from science fiction with events asking “is it right to synthesise human genomes?” or “should brain scans be used at airports or in classrooms?” Meanwhile a chef and a professor will highlight some unusual features of diet and health. Elsewhere, we scrutinise landscape and sustainability with the help of the Ladybird Expert Book of Climate Change and other moments in the Earth’s recent 4 billion years of history.
Make-your-own solar mobile phone charger, hear like an insect, crack cyber security, test drive the future’s electric cars and find out what stuff is by exploring quantum field theory. Did you think that science was hard? Think again. The programme is out in May with events for all.
The Oxfordshire Science Festival invites you to look again, look deeper and explore your world from Friday 16 to Wednesday 21 June.

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Oxfordshire Science Festival is produced in association with Science Oxford and supported by University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, local industry, research institutes and publishing houses. Oxfordshire Science Festival is a charity dedicated to the development of a science festival in the region of Oxford. Charity no 1151361 and company limited by guarantee no 7189165