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.
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 www.bollingtonfestival.org.uk 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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: – firstname.lastname@example.org, tel 01625 877 255
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
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.
Penny Lewis, who spoke at July SciBar so eloquently about sleep and its link to memory, has just had a book published. The title is The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest.
David Whalley, one of the founding members of Bollington SciBar following the success of the inaugural SciBar at the Bollington Festival in 2009, is stepping down from direct involvement in the SciBar planning group. David found speakers for and chaired nearly all SciBars for the first few years, and also helped set up Macclesfield SciBar.
Please join us in thanking David for all his contributions, from coming up with the immortal SciBar rules (there are only two rules, remember) to sourcing speakers, liaising with the British Science Association, setting up the venue with The Vale Inn (thank you Lee!), sorting out a projector, designing the logo and many more behind the scenes actions.
We look forward to seeing you occasionally in the audience, and hope that you enjoy watching your legacy continue.
Meanwhile, any new volunteers for the planning group are extremely welcome – just make yourself known to someone who looks like they need a hand on the night …
Dr Rishma Vidyasagar mentioned this at the end of her talk at the March SciBar, on behalf of one of her colleagues. Participants have to be 40-70, normally healthy with no neurological illnesses, no history of fits or depression, and have to travel to Manchester University. Anyone interested should contact SciBar and we’ll put them in touch.
One of the founding members of Bollington SciBar, and the source of the biological speakers such as on stem cells, is moving to Dorset to be nearer family members. Grenham Ireland – we thank you for your contributions to the science section of the last Bollington Festival and to Bollington SciBar. You also set up this website, donated your screen and gave wise advice at planning group meetings. We will miss you! Our best wishes to you and Christine in your new home. Thanks from everyone.
On Saturday 16th March from 11am-4pm The Manchester Museum hosts the “Body Experience” as part of National Science and Engineering Week. They invite the public to come and explore the human body with scientists from Life Sciences and Human and Medical Sciences at The University of Manchester. Collect a ‘passport’ and travel around the human body from top to toe. Learn how the brain communicates with all the different organs in your body and how it controls your senses. See how the heart works and how your lungs help you breathe. Explore the wonder of the human spine and perform your very own surgery! Travel through your gut and learn about (and see) the bugs that can infect it!
See more at The Body Experience