The British Science Festival kicks off today at Swansea University and at CHERISH-DE we couldn’t be more excited. From the 6th-11th of September the festival will explore a wide host of subjects, ranging from food to music, genetics to space, and climate change to cyber security.
In the exciting programme you can see the 100 free events that will take place on campus and throughout the city. As these are too many to cover in a blog post, we thought we’d highlight the talks and demos given by researchers involved with CHERISH-DE instead:
- Touching the Future with Matt Jones • Fri 9 Sep • 15:00 – 16:00 • Lecture Theatre L • Faraday Building
Discover the future of screen technology with computer scientist Matt Jones. Hear how his team are exploring displays that mutate to create textures and change shape to reveal controls like dials and switches depending on our needs. See some of the early prototypes that are connecting our digital interactions to the physical world.
- 9/11 15 years on with Lella Nouri-Bennett • Fri 9 Sep • 18:00 – 19:00 • Lecture Theatre K • Faraday Building
With the anniversary of the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon looming, Lella Nouri-Bennett reflects on how the world has changed since 9/11 in terms of politics, security efforts and our understanding of terrorism in the UK. In particular, how has counter-terrorism advanced over the last 15 years, how has our societal understanding of terrorism evolved and are we any safer now?
- Fog of Sex: stories from the front line of student sex work with Debbie Jones • Wed 7 Sep • 19:00 – 20:30 • Lecture Theatre B • Glyndwr Building
Over 20% of UK students have considered sex work. This award winning docudrama brings the real-life testimonies of students currently working within sex industry to the screen. The film was made as part of a pioneering new study, The Student Sex Work Project, which has transformed understanding about the motivations and needs of student sex workers.
This special screening will be followed by a Q&A with criminologist Debbie Jones, who co-led the study, producer Chris Britten and clinical sexologist Sam Geuens.
- How do Machines learn? with Jonathan Jones • Sat 10 & Sun 11 Sep • 11:00 – 16:00 • National Waterfront Museum City Centre
Machine learning is a valuable tool in use in many applications today. Visit Jonathan’s stall to learn via examples and interactive techniques how machine learning can provide valuable results. The focus will be on drawing parallels between human learning, and how machines can learn in order to make informed predictions used in various fields from crime prevention to medicine.
- Making sense of Big Data and the Internet of Things with Cinzia Gannett • Sat 10 Sep • 11:00 – 15:00 • City Centre, Oxford Street, SA1 3AE
Cinzia will be presenting her research on Big Data and the Internet of Things and answer any questions you might have at Soapbox Science 2016 Swansea. Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do.