Reading Science Week 2018 


Reading Science Week (RSW) is the local celebration of British Science Week which runs every March, and it is returning this year for another education and exciting experience.





It’s the biggest event that the British Science Association Reading Branch co-ordinate each year and programme for the week is always packed with science activities and events aimed at all ages. As befits this year’s theme of Exploration and Discovery there are opportunities to visit places and experience things you may not have previously.



Some of this year’s science projects include:

  • Citizen Science – The Plastic Tide

Be a citizen scientist and help clear the oceans of plastic from your own armchair. Using innovative identification software from the comfort of your own home you can help highlight the extent of the litter whilst helping the equipment better identity the litter from other items in the water.

  • Run to the Deep

This immersive running app chronicles a journey from the sea surface to the Marianas Trench – the deepest known part of the ocean. Explorer Pierre-Yves Cousteau narrates the virtual race, detailing alien creatures, amazing seascapes, and human exploration stories as you “descend” to the ocean floor.

  • Poster Competition

Get creative and enter the British Science Association’s annual poster competition, on the theme of exploration and discovery.



Alongside the projects that are also themed events including:

  • Sci Busking

Explore all sorts of weird and wonderful science facts up close. Sci Busking team members will be on hand to talk you through the amazing demonstrations and the science behind what you see.

  • RISC Roof Garden Tours

Find out how a once leaking and unused roof, was transformed into a 200m squared edible forest garden home to more than 185 species. See how green roofs can mitigate and adapt to global climate change and produce food, scents, dye, alcohol and medicine.

  • CSI Reading

Become a crime scene investigator for the day and uncover clues to solve a crime in this interactive event.science1

  • The Great Debate: Engineering Better Food Systems

Discover what engineering can do to improve sustainability of food production and distribution as the world population increases.

  • Reading Geek Night

Observing the human mind as a controller: Brain – Computer Interface.

  • Café Scientifique: Dr Peta Foster

Dr Peta Foster takes you on journey explaining what light its, how the sun makes it, how it travels to us on earth and how the world of physics is driven by the curiosity these questions evokes.

  • Science Quiz

Stay around after Café Scientifique to enter a quick-fire science quiz with a prize on offer.

  • The Bee’s Needs: How To Save The Worlds Pollinators

Dr Mike Garratt, a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Agriculture Policy and Development, will present the latest research on pollinators and what we can do to help protect them.

  • DIG IT! A MERL Late.

A lively evening of drinks, live music, activities and talks on the theme of soil and growing.

  • Evening Conference: Linking Alzheimer’s Disease with Type II Diabetes

Conference discussing the challenges food and healthcare professionals face in their industry and the solutions that the come up with.

  • Science Quiz

Another quick fire quiz for those eager to test their scientific knowledge.

  • MERL Friday Fledglings

An outdoor learning session for under 5’s in the fantastic urban garden at the MERL.

  • Schrodinger’s Hat: The Improvised Science Comedy Show

See the Free Radicals as improvised comedy meets peer reviewed science. Anything could happen and most probably will.

  • Reading’s Beekeeping Day

science2Come along and learn more about beekeeping in the local area. The day will be filled with talks from prominent beekeepers along with demonstrations and honey tasting.

  • Tour of Reading’s Wind Turbine

A great opportunity to learn about the operation of a wind turbine with a presentation on what it does and how it does it. Complete with experiments for children and a Q&A session.

  • Chemistry, Medicinal Plants, Music and Mystery: Synergism in the Natural World and in Music

Performance piece and lecture for Reading Science Week brought to you by the Reading Branch of the Science Association. In this lecture and concert independent scientists and musicians Dr John Wilkinson and Kesia Trench talk about how synergism in the natural world, in botanical medicines and in music are inspiring scientists to develop new classes of modern medicines that combine knowledge from traditional medicine systems with 21st century sciences, such as ecology, pharmacology and chemistry.

  • Sunday Assemble: Climate Change

The Sunday Assemble is a secular congregation that celebrates life, with Professor Ed Hawkins of Reading University helping to visualize the changes that are happening to our planet.



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