From Happy 5th Birthday SciBar

In May 2014 during the Bollington festival, we had a Happy Birthday SciBar to celebrate the inaugural SciBar held during the 2009 Bollington Festival.

For those of you who missed the talks (and the chocolate beer cake), one of the founder members Mark Davies gave this Intro_scibar 5years_May2014 short presentation which is an interesting look at where our speakers have come from, and the topics they spoke about.

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Collider exhibition at MOSI (Manchester Museum Science and Industry)

Collider: Step Inside the World’s Greatest Experiment is a new exhibition that was running at the Science Museum in London and has now come to Manchester. It’s all about the LHC at CERN – the largest and most powerful particle accelerator ever built.

It’s open daily until 28th Sep 2014. Tickets are £7 adults, £5 concessions, free for children under 7.

There’s also an audience with Jeff Forshaw the evening of 13 August (free, booking essential, usual fee to enter the exhibit).

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Great science talks during Pint of Science festival

Just heard about the International Pint of Science Festival which takes place 19-21 May. Their tag line is “Explore the hottest scientific topics with world leading experts …. at a pub”. What’s not to like?

And the Manchester talks feature our very own (cam we call him that?) Phil Manning, though this sadly is the same evening (19 May) as our Happy Birthday SciBar. Plus talks from our very own Penny Lewis (sleep!) and Rebecca Elliot (mental health). Sounds like a packed 3 days.

Pint of Science festival in May, with Manchester talks details at Manchester talks at Pint of Science festival

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Bollington Festival science events

As part of the Bollington Festival the last two weeks in May, there will be plenty of science events including:

* a four-day, free Fab Lab with hands-on activities including workshops from Hands on Science every day, and science shows from Science Made Simple (Sat 24 and Sun 25 May) and Mad Science (Mon 26 and Tues 27 May)
* A night with the stars (with Macclesfield Astronomical Society)
* Vibrations and vegetables: the science of sound (with the London Vegetable Orchestra and science busker David Price)
* A talk by Professor Lord Winston
* A talk on interactive gaming by Professor Robert Stone from Birmingham University
* Seeing the skies with other eyes, a talk by Dr Dave Clements from Imperial College
* A talk on dinosaurs from Dr Phil Manning, Manchester University
* Happy 5th Birthday SciBar (note this is at the Civic Hall, not the Vale Inn)
* an engineering challenge on the recreation ground
* a scientific scarecrow trail.

You can download the full listing of science events at the Bollington Festival BollFestScience_Brochure

Buy tickets online at (note that some events, like Happy 5th Birthday Scibar, the Fab Lab, the engineering challenge and the scientific scarecrow trail are free).

The Festival is run entirely by volunteers. If anyone would like to volunteer to help at any of the science events during the Bollington Festival, please email Could be stewarding / ticket collectors, or if you want to help presenters at the Fab Lab – all welcome – no complicated science to explain, just a willingness to get involved.

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Biomedical discoveries: Your input to Bollington Festival

As part of the Bollington Festival, Claire de Ruiter, a local artist, will be in Bollington library on Saturday 26 April, 3 May and 10 May from 10-12.30pm making a new art installation representing 50 years of biomedical discoveries and she would like stories from people whose lives have been positively affected by these discoveries. For example: laser surgery, hip replacement, beta blockers, statins, heart transplant, taxol, gene therapy, IVF, PET scans. Claire would like to know what procedure/medication and how it has been life-changing. Year/dates of the procedures would also be useful. You can contact Claire at and all information given will be confidential.

Come along and see Claire at work, make your contribution, or to see the finished piece which will remain in the library until 1 June 2014.

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Another founding member of Bollington SciBar stands down

We’re very sorry to say that Angela Davies, one of the founders of Bollington SciBar after the last Bollington Festival in 2009, has decided to stand down as a volunteer for SciBar.

With a full-time job in science communication, three children and a key role in this year’s Bollington Festival, she’s had plenty on her plate since SciBar started and we owe her a huge vote of thanks for her energy, ideas and bringing so many speakers to Bollington SciBar.

Thank you Ang – from all of us.

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Bolllington Festival tickets now on sale!

In this 50th year of the Bollington Festival there are a series of science events over 17 days from 16 May to 1 June 2014.

The big event is an evening with Lord Robert Winston (28 May). There is also a 4-day Fab Lab – a free mini science festival with plenty of hands-on activities with a biomedical theme (Sat 24, Sun 25, Mon 26 and Tues 27 May). Other highlights are evening talks on subjects from dinosaurs and interactive gaming, to “the skies with other eyes” and a unique vegetable orchestra workshop/performance (31 May). See for full details and tickets for all events.

The Bollington Festival is run completely by volunteers. We would love volunteers to distribute leaflets or to come and be stewards at the science events – could be checking tickets, helping set up, and maybe even answering a science query from the public! Get in touch at at and let us know what you are offering to do. or speak to someone after SciBar – there’s a large overlap between the SciBar and Festival volunteers.

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Disley WEA March 22: Elementary particle physics by Fred Loebinger

The Disley and Marple branch of the WEA (Workers Educational Association) have asked us to publicise a Day School on Saturday March 22 on ‘The Inner Secrets of the the Universe: the story of elementary particle physics’ by Fred Loebinger. Professor Loebinger gave a talk on a similar theme at Macclesfield SciBar last year, which went down very well.

Time: 11am-3pm
Fee £15-00 including lunch, tea and coffee
Ring O’ Bells Quaker Meeting House
Ring O’ Bells Lane, Disley, Cheshire. SK12 2AG

For details of how to book please contact Rosemary Broadhurst Hon. Sec. Disley and Marple branch, e-mail: –, tel 01625 877 255

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Healing the body with materials – free talk at Shrigley Hall 11 December

The Biochemical Society Annual Symposium will this year be held at Shrigley Hall, Macclesfield, and they have invited all of us to attend a public lecture and panel discussion they are hosting on 11 December. It’s free to attend. The co-chair says “I was hoping your group would be interested in coming along – it should be a lively and festive event and we would very much like to have you join the discussion.”

Biochemical Determinants of Tissue Regeneration
18:45 – 19:45 Keynote speaker – Molly Stevens

• tissue engineering
• designing materials to repair the body and detect early cancer and infectious disease

19:45 – 21:00 Panel Discussion – The present and future of tissue regeneration

Molly Stevens (Imperial College London) is currently Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine and the Research Director for Biomedical Material Sciences in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College. In 2010 she was recognised by The Times as one of the top ten scientists under the age of 40 and recently appeared on the BBC’s Science Club

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Science Spectacular 2 Nov at Manchester Museum

On Saturday 2 November the University of Manchester and the Manchester Museum are opening their doors to create a day of Spectacular Science as part of the Manchester Science Festival. The science challenges will include finding out why lotus leaves don’t get wet, a journey through the heart, wrestling with plants that bite back, and getting curious with some creepy crawlies.
There is also a free FLASH BANG CHEMISTRY! Show taking place on campus. For more information please see the Science Spectacular website.
The event is part of Manchester Science Festival.

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