MadLab at the MANCHESTER SCIENCE FESTIVAL 2011

The annual Manchester Science Festival shows that Manchester is at the very heart of UK science and gives children and adults a chance to explore science through multiple of creative approaches, amongst others dance, music, art and fashion. The Festival includes exhibitions, talks and many hands on events. It is the 5th anniversary of the festival this year, and MadLab has a bigger input than ever. All together MadLab will be hosting 6 events: Robot Hackday, Alan Turing day, Bio Ethics Debate, DIYBIO summit, Teawitter and Girl Geek Tea Party and Micro Biology and Art Exhibition.

Robot Hackday. 22. Oct. 10am-4pm. Free

HACMan and some of MadLabs regular experts help the interested to build their own robots. Participants are welcomed to bring their old electronic junk and toys down to MadLab and take them apart to put them back together again as …robots. Guidance is provided, so those with no robot building skills are welcome to join in. In the end of the day, there will be prizes for the best entries.

Alan Turing Day (Alan Turing and Morphogenesis). 23. Oct.2 pm.£5 /£3 conc.

To mark the publication of Litmus, Comma’s latest science-info-fiction project, Manchester author Jane Rogers and MMU scientist Martyn Amos discuss the final theorem of one of Britain’s greatest scientists, Alan Turing. Having invented the very concept of the computer in his 1936 paper ‘On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem’, then cracked the German Enigma codes and ‘contributed more to the defeat of the Nazis than Eisenhower’, and then gone on to coin the Turing Test concept for artificial intelligence, Turing set about a theory so ahead of its time it is only now finding empirical support, namely Morphogenesis.
This afternoon Jane Rogers reads her specially commissioned short story for Litmus and discusses the influences on Turing’s life as well as the wider relationship between science and literature with consultant scientist, Martyn Amos.

Bio Ethics Debate 28. Oct. 7 pm. Free

With Dr. Jo Verran, Prof Matthew Cobb, authors Jane Feaver (tbc) and Annie Clarkson.
Is research always fully aware of its consequences? Does science need to grow a conscience? Or are we in danger of being too distrustful of science? Of demonising it even? These and other questions will be discussed at this launch event for Comma Press’s latest science-literature commission, Bio-Punk. Leading Manchester researchers will discuss their work with the University of Leicester’s ethicist Helen Busby, alongside two authors tasked with translating current research into fictional visions of the future.

DIYBIO Summit 29. + 30. Oct. 10 am-5pm. £5

Citizen scientists are invited to the first ever UK summit on “DIY biology”: this growing movement takes biology out of the ivory tower and into the garage! Event brings together a diverse group of leading scientists and curious amateurs to share expertise and experiences.
The event includes presentations by international speakers, demonstrations from the Manchester DIYBio group, and hands-on workshop sessions where participants can get involved in do-it-yourself bioscience. No experience is needed, as full training will be given in a safe and friendly environment. Attendees can sign up for future events, and become part of the DIYbio revolution! On Saturday, the formal section of the event will take place including plenaries and workshops. Sunday will be held using an ‘unconference’ format where attendees can contribute to the proceedings and host discussions.

Science Jamboree 30.Oct. 11pm-5pm, £5 donation on door

Enjoy talks, stalls, science busking shows, hands-on activities from kitchen chemistry and mathematical origami to brush bots and cake! As well as a geeky “show and tell” party at the science-themed Teawitter event going on downstairs.



Microbiology and Art 22.Oct – 10 Nov. 11pm-5pm. Free

An exhibition inspired by or featuring micro-organisms and infectious diseases, showcasing work produced by science undergraduates at Manchester University and members of the Manchester DIYBio group. Also featuring other artwork related to or inspired by biology.

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