Brighton Science Festival

Big Science Saturday

Big Science Weekend

Sallis Benney Theatre
58-67 Grand Parade
Brighton, BN2 0JY
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Sat 27 February, 9:30am-6:00pm

Our huge weekender is back with a full double dose of fascinating science from a vast variety of fields. How are memories created? How do animals navigate? Will AI ever Surpass I? Experts present their research in the theatre alongside a venue-full of stands from top universities, giving you a chance to put professors in the hot seat and get practical with interactive demos.

FREE to enter the venue and visit the stands. Talks in the theatre £9 / £6 for a day pass online or cash on the door (see BIG SCIENCE SUNDAY for Sunday listings). Excludes evening shows within the same venue. Recommended ages 16+. Some talks will include topics of an adult nature.






27 boden 10:15am Margaret A. Boden: Can AI provide superhuman intelligence?   
It’s been over ten years since a human has been able to beat a top computer at chess.
 Computers are also better at recognising faces and diagnosing diseased cells. But on 
average, humans are still ahead. Computers can’t plan for a holiday or write good 
fiction, for a start. Will AI ever actually surpass I? Margaret A. Boden OBE ScD FBA is Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Sussex, 
where she helped develop the world’s first academic programme in cognitive science. She holds degrees in 
medical sciences, philosophy, and psychology, and integrates these disciplines with AI in her research.
28 Sussex Wildlife 72dpi 11:30am Sussex Wildlife Trust, Tony Whitbread: The Changing Nature of Nature 
Conservationists oversee vast biodiversity projects in the countryside, while the public 
increasingly inhabits cities with hardly a scrap of wild life left. The paradigm is shifting. 
What’s to be done?
 Tony joined the Sussex Wildlife Trust in 1991 and became Chief Executive in 2006. He is a national 
spokesman on woodland issues for The Wildlife Trusts, having also been part of a variety of forums, including 
the Forestry Commission’s Advisory Panel, Wildlife Link Forestry Group, the England Woodland Biodiversity 
Group as well as numerous regional, county and local committees. / @SussexWildlife
27 Nanoscience 12:45pm  Peter Forbes: Nanoscience: Giants of the Infinitesimal
Take a tour of the nanoworld: the realm of the incredibly small. Tiny molecular 
complexes do everything from photosynthesis to energy creation, plus increasingly, 
man-made processes, including solar energy farms and self-cleaning surfaces. And we
 can watch them at it. 
Peter’s book Nanoscience: Giants of the Infinitesimal, written with sculptor Tom Grimsey, explores the art and 
science of the very small, from the miracle material graphene to the wonderful iridescent world of butterfly 
optics; from nanostructures that tell stem cells how to develop to the wacky world of the DNA Smiley. / @heliconiuscydno
27 28 Paul Graham 2:00pm Dr Paul Graham: Amazing Animal Journeys 

With the advent of sat-nav, getting lost is harder to do these days. But somehow 
animals manage to travel thousands of miles without any little voices telling them to 
turn left at the next roundabout. Discover the wonders of animal navigation, featuring 
magnetic robins, stargazing dung beetles, and the internal compasses of bats.
 Dr Paul Graham is a Reader in Animal Behaviour at the University of Sussex and he studies the similarities 
and differences in the strategies that animals use to solve common problems, like navigation.

Insect Navigation at the School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex
27 neurons illusions 72dpi 3:15pm  Prof Miguel Maravall: How Our Neurons See Illusions
When we look at things or hear familiar melodies, they seem to appear fully formed in 
our brain. But it’s a little more complicated than that: neurons divide up the jobs of 
analyzing edges, depth, colour or pitch, then filter and interpret the information as 
needed. This is highly efficient, but easily fooled by sensory illusions and magic tricks.
 Prof Miguel Maravall is a neuroscientist at the University of Sussex. To understand how our brain makes sense
 of the world, he studies neurons that underpin the feeling of touch. Comparing how humans and mice detect 
temporal patterns of stimuli, he hopes to understand general principles that shape our ability to recognize a 
texture or even a melody.
Maravall Lab
27 Memory copy 4:30pm Dr Ildiko Kemenes: A Journey Along Memory Lane

“If you can remember the 60’s you weren’t there.” Is that how the saying goes? I can’t 
remember. Take a trip along memory lane; find out how memories are created, what 
they do, and how we maintain them. 
Dr Ildiko Kemenes is a reader in Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, studying the cellular and molecular
mechanisms of memory formation, including the neural mechanisms of decision-making and the processes 
underlying periods of lapses in memory.  Ildiko Kemenes Lab


ALL DAY Cutting Edge: The Science Of Tooth Replacement
Many animals are able to continuously replace their teeth throughout life. This is achieved by populations of stem cells that reside in adult jaws. Adult human teeth also contain stem cells but rather than generating new teeth, these are required to repair tooth damage. Could these human tooth stem cells be used in some way as a source of cells to generate new teeth? From Kings College London.
Tooth Regeneration / @KingsCollegeLon
 Travis Hodges-small ALL DAY Exhibition: Quantum to Cosmological
Photographer Travis Hodges profiles University of Sussex academics who are solving 
problems in mathematics and physics that will underpin our future economic and social
progress. @travishodgesuk
27 28 Paul Graham ALL DAY Dr Paul Graham Supported by Sussex Neuroscience: Citizen Science Activity
We regularly navigate complex areas without getting lost: but how? Take part in a 
mass experiment and test your spatial knowledge.
University of Sussex Neuroscience
27 28 Astrochemistry ALL DAY The Astrochemistry Lab, University of Sussex: Stars ‘r’ Us 
Take a journey to the cold depths of space where chemical elements first began, 
through the formation of stars and planets, right up to the surface of the primordial 
Earth and what lies beyond…
ALL DAY Beyond the Higgs Boson – What’s Next for ATLAS at the LHC?
The discovery of the Higgs Boson was a momentous occasion – but what’s next for the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider? Discover how physicists are looking at matter on the smallest scale; delving deep into the secrets of dark matter and supersymmetry… From particle physics groups at University of Sussex, University of Birmingham and ICTP-Udine INFN. / ATLAS at CERN / @CERN
27 28 Test your Senses ALL DAY School of Life Sciences: Test your Senses
Make sense of senses, test your reflexes, and find out how important the sense of 
touch is to make sense of the world. Sussex Neuroscience
27 Snail ALL DAY Neuroscientists at the University of Sussex: Snail Pace
Take a snail under your wing and train it up in simple tasks. You’ve made a friend for 
life. Sussex Neuroscience
2015_Waste_House 12pm – 3pm Waste House – Tech Take Back with Brighton Repair Café
Bring along your broken electronics and learn how to repair them. 
Brighton Repair Café is a community of people learning how to repair things rather than dispose of them. 
Seize the opportunity to bring broken items along to a place where the appropriate tools for repair are 
available and someone with knowledge and skills can give you advice on how to repair your possessions.
Brighton Repair Café / Waste House Brighton / @WasteHouse
Mind Games
Test the limits of your mental powers! Add to a living data-set, measure how accurate your eyewitness memory is, and how much visual information you can handle. Plus take on a variety of bewildering illusions and see how the world isn’t always how you see or hear it. / @SussexUni
ALL DAY City Books: Pop-Up Science Book Shop
Browse a vast array of informative and exciting books on a wide range of subjects. Plus, the chance to meet the authors and get your books signed! / @CityBooksinHove
ALL DAY Elekta: The Science of Radiotherapy
Scientists and Engineers from leading cancer-treatment company Elekta demonstrate and discuss the principles and practice of radiotherapy. How are high-energy x-rays generated? How are they targeted at tumours without harming healthy tissue? How do they bring about a cure? Come along and chat with the team.
Elekta  / @Elekta