Science Festival

Festival Details

As part of the 40th Anniversary celebrations of Milton Keynes, the city hosted the first ever Milton Keynes Science Festival between the 6th and the 15th July 2007.

The week will be packed with a series of exciting, entertaining and informative Science, Engineering and Technology events and activities held in various locations around the city and involving local schools, colleges, universities, societies and businesses.

Milton Keynes Science Festival aims to organize an annual programme of events, seminars, workshops and public demonstrations, which:

  • Stimulate & facilitate young people’s engagement with Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) in Milton Keynes
  • Raise the aspiration of young people in Milton Keynes to learn about SET
  • Enthuse young people in Milton Keynes about potential careers in SET
  • Raise the profile of innovative SET employers in Milton Keynes
  • Engage the residents of Milton Keynes in the contribution of science to the local economy
  • Showcase the scientific expertise that exists in Milton Keynes as a resource for business development
  • Promote Milton Keynes nationally as a potential area for Inward Investment for ‘mobile’ science projects

Additional benefits include opportunities to:

  • Strengthen the infrastructure for business and education links (by developing a format to enable businesses to participate more actively within local schools)
  • Encourage stronger University/School links

Almost fifty guest speakers from every area of science and technology will be making exciting, challenging…and sometimes astonishing contributions during the Festival. Including:

* Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock
* Denis Alexander
* Ralph Barrett
* Prof. Godfrey Boyle
* Prof. Nick Braithwaite
* Prof. Timothy Chappell
* Katie Chicot
* Susan Conway
* Dr Tom Coultate
* Prof. James Crabbe
* Antony Eddison
* Katie Evans
* Alec Gill
* Lindsey Greening
* Dr Uwe Grimm
* Jane Hamilton
* Adam Hawkey
* Mike Henty
* Dr. Tony Hirst
* Rodney Holder
* Prof. Bruce Hood
* Dr. Jonti Horner
* Alison Hunt
* Derek Jones
* Andrew Lockley
* Prof. Carsten Maple
* Dr. John Mason
* Prof. Nigel Mason
* Tom McLeish
* Dr. Bob Meggs
* Dr. Peter Millican
* Liz Parvin
* Jennie Perkins
* Prof. Carol Phillips
* Paul Piweck
* Neville Punchard
* Ian Robertson
* Prof. Steven Rose
* Dr. Venkat Sastry
* Prof. Tom Sanders
* Prof. Jonathon Silvertown
* Val Singh
* Nick Spall
* Jerry Stone
* Dr. Catherine Van Blerk
* Andrew Wadge
* Victoria Worpole
* Kevin Wyld
* Prof. Tiantian Zhang

Events

Don’t say ‘Cheese!’ say ‘Science!’
Date: 23rd June
Time: Closing date: 16th July
Location: All around Milton Keynes!
Do you fancy winning a sensational Sony Digital Camera and having your photographs posted in a gallery on MK web for everyone to see? Just send us your picture of how science touches your life in Milton Keynes. …more

Astro Tourism Talk
Date: 6th July
Time: 8pm
Location: Rectory Cottages, Church Green Road, Bletchley
When astronomical events do not come to you reliably, you have to travel to them. Some events will only be visible at a specific location like solar eclipses and some others will be eclipsed by weather conditions. …more

Reaching Out With Robots
Date: 7th July
Time: 9am – 6pm
Location: Midsummer Place
Hands-on robot activities including a robot treasure hunt, robot dance, robot amusement park, robot rescue and robot fashion show demonstrating programming and assembly skills and processes. …more

Splash! Bang! Boom! Investigating Our Changing Planet
Date: 7th July
Time: 9am – 6pm
Location: Midsummer Place
A variety of exhibitions and hands-on demonstrations featuring Hazards, Rocks, Fossils and the Environment will be presented including an exploding volcano for you to enjoy and explore, rock races, a display of magic minerals with mysterious properties and hands-on demonstrations showing how the greenhouse effect works. …more

UK in Space
Date: 7th July
Time: 2 – 4pm
Location: Church of Christ the Cornerstone
Three 20 minute talks followed by a question and answer session. Space: The Final Frontier, Potential UK Manned Missions and The Physical Price of a Ticket Into Space, organised by the British Interplanetary Society. …more

CHaOS at MK4U 7 & 8th July
Date: 7th July
Time: 2 – 9pm
Location: Campbell Park
The CHaOS roadshow at MK4U features hands on science experiments for everyone to try! …more

Observing Space at The Open University
Date: 7th July
Time: 6 – 8pm with observing until midnight
Location: The Open University
Join experts to learn about the night sky and finding your way around it, then enjoy a hands-on observation session using telescopes and cameras. Remember to bring warm clothing. …more

Online Solar Observing
Date: 8th July
Time: Live from 6th July
Location: http://oursun.open.ac.uk
Find out all about the Sun – how it works, how far away it is, and what would happen if the Sun went out! …more

Redway Nature Trail
Date: 8th July
Time: As long as you need!
Location: http://www.open.ac.uk/science/biosci/nature/
Download the trail map with the description of plants and animals you are likely to see along the way. …more

Mathematics of War
Date: 8th July
Time: 10 – 10.40am
Location: The Mansion, Bletchley Park
The presentation attempts to sketch a brief history of mathematical developments that are predominantly influenced by war. The talk includes video clips and a short quiz. …more

Battle of Britain Memorial Lancaster Bomber Flypast
Date: 8th July
Time: 10.30am – 5pm
Location: Bletchley Park
See the only surviving airworthy Lancaster bomber in the UK flypast at Bletchley Park. (All flights are subject to weather conditions) …more

Classic Car & Motorbike Picnic at Bletchley Park
Date: 8th July
Time: 10.30am – 5pm
Location: Bletchley Park
An Annual Event for classic car and motorbike enthusiasts as well as families. …more

Science Is All Around You
Date: 8th July
Time: 11am – 5pm
Location: Midsummer Place
How is ice-cream made? How does a microwave work? Why do neon lights glow? How to make a vacuum and much more including a demonstration with a Urey-Miller machine, supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. …more

Hidden Broadcasts
Date: 8th July
Time: 12 – 12.40pm
Location: The Mansion, Bletchley Park
Learn about the secret radio broadcasts from Prisoners of War and hear recordings from Germany and the Middle East. …more

Deadly Cultures: A History of Chemical and Biological Warfare and Its Prohibition
Date: 8th July
Time: 2 – 2.40pm
Location: The Mansion, Bletchley Park
Find out about offensive chemical and biological weapons and learn more about the current standing of the respective prohibition regimes relating to them. See a short sequence of film footage of offensive biological warfare testing conducted by the UK during the course of WWII. …more

CHaOS at MK4U 7th & 8th July
Date: 8th July
Time: 2 – 9pm
Location: Campbell Park
The CHaOS roadshow at MK4U features hands on science experiments for everyone to try! …more

Snail Lab!
Date: 8th July
Time: You can start now!
Location: http://bio-obs.open.ac.uk/megalab
Help explore the subject of evolution! Join the search for banded snails in parks, gardens, hedges and tell us what you have found on our website. …more

Getting Our Young People Into Science, Engineering and Technology
Date: 9th July
Time: 4 – 7pm
Location: Berrill Lecture Theatre, The Open University
SPARC, the regional network for technology-led businesses across Oxford to Cambridge, and BizTech, the Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce’s Business and Technology network, will join forces on July 9th to host a high profile panel debate on how to attract young people into science, engineering and technology (SET). …more

Science and Ethics Debate
Date: 9th July
Time: 6 – 8pm
Location: Church of Christ the Cornerstone
What is the responsibility of the scientist for the outcome of their research? Is pursuit of knowledge itself cause for pursuit of research (e.g. STEM cells, animal testing). It will be hosted by Professor Timothy Chappell, the Director of The Open University’s Ethics Centre. …more

Secret Science For Schools (KS2)
Date: 10th July
Time: 10am – 2.30pm
Location: Bletchley Park
The famous scientist Dr Brain has gone missing. Can your pupils complete the doctor’s scientific research and discover the missing results? …more

Why Boys Like Things and Girls Like People
Date: 10th July
Time: 12 – 2.30pm
Location: Cranfield Management Development Centre
A debate on the psychological and physiological differences behind the decline in the number of women entering Science, Engineering & Technology. The room will then have the opportunity to continue a discussion on the issues raised over a delicious three course lunch. …more

Our 21st Century Diet – Questions and Some Answers Debate
Date: 10th July
Time: 6 – 8pm
Location: Shenley Brook End School
Come to this debate to hear opinions and ideas of people who really do know what they are talking about and, unlike the celebrity chefs, media pundits and health gurus, aren’t just trying to sell their next television series, magazine article or brand of supplement pills! …more

Obesity & Diabetes – The Modern Day Health Epidemic
Date: 11th July
Time: 7 – 9pm
Location: Ian Fairbairn Lecture Theatre, Buckingham University
A presentation from Professor Mike Cawthorne, Director of Metabolic Research & Professorial Research Fellow …more

Role Models for Inspiring Young People – A Science and Engineering Ambassadors Celebration
Date: 11th July
Time: 5.00 – 7.30pm
Location: The Library, Shenley Brook End School
Come along to an information and networking session led by SETPOINT MKOB and find out how scientists and engineers can support local schools with STEM subjects, through the Science and Engineering Ambassadors scheme (SEAs). …more

Science and Religion – Compatible or Contradictory?
Date: 11th July
Time: 6 – 8pm
Location: Shenley Brook End School
This debate will allow discussion of some of the fundamental questions on faith and reason, between what we want to believe and don’t want to think is true and questions about who to trust …religious authority, or scientific experts, both or neither? …more

Support Services for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology
Date: 12th July
Time: 12 – 2pm
Location: Mitchell Hall, Cranfield University
This event will give women working in Science, Engineering, seo and Technology (SET) the chance to find out about the support and advice currently available from organisations such as the UK Resource Centre for Women in SET, SE-Mentoring and Business Link – over a glass of Bucks Fizz! …more

Milton Keynes’ Role in Stopping Climate Change Debate
Date: 12th July
Time: 6 – 8pm
Location: Church of Christ the Cornerstone
Come and hear how Milton Keynes will adapt to the age of climate change. This session represents an opportunity for the panel and audience to debate the challenges and opportunities that climate change presents for Milton Keynes. …more

Science and Superstition Debate
Date: 13th July
Time: 6 – 8pm
Location: Church of Christ the Cornerstone
Friday 13th – the perfect day for this debate! Why are we so prone to superstition? Why do so many people ascribe to astrology? Why do so many people believe in ghosts and the supernatural? Eminent speakers will discuss the development of superstition and its conflicts with science. …more

Splash! Bang! Boom! Investigating Our Changing Planet
Date: 14th July
Time: 9am – 6pm
Location: Midsummer Place
A variety of exhibitions and hands-on demonstrations featuring Hazards, Rocks, Fossils and the Environment will be presented including an exploding volcano for you to enjoy and explore, rock races, a display of magic minerals with mysterious properties and hands-on demonstrations showing how the greenhouse effect works. …more

Climate Change and the Environment Open Day
Date: 14th July
Time: 11am – 3pm
Location: Forum Area of Building 83, Cranfield University
Meet academics showcasing their projects on climate change and the environment, find out about potential technological solutions with an emphasis on transport and power generation and get the chance to see the equipment involved in the research. …more

The Great Paper Aeroplane Competition
Date: 14th July
Time: 11am – 3pm
Location: Cranfield University

Enter the ‘Great Paper Aeroplane Competition’ by designing, building and flying your own paper aeroplane from A4 recycled paper. The plane that flies the furthest will win the builder the fantastic prize of a flying lesson from one of the UK’s leading flying training schools, Cabair.
…more

Observing Space at The Open University
Date: 14th July
Time: 6 – 8pm with observing until midnight
Location: The Open University
Join experts to learn about the night sky, finding your way around it and then enjoy a hands on solar observation session using telescopes and cameras. Remember to bring warm clothing. …more

Bioscience – The Body In Life and Disease
Date: 15th July
Time: 11am – 5pm
Location: Midsummer Place
Exhibition and demonstration on body parts, pathology of disease, including nutrition and diet assessments, the role of scientists in the NHS, competitions and prizes. Cholesterol testing will also be available! …more

Robotics and Games Technology
Date: 15th July
Time: 11am – 5pm
Location: Midsummer Place
Demonstration and exhibition of robots, games technology and tools for interacting with virtual reality environments. …more

The Virtual World
Date: 15th July
Time: 11am – 5pm
Location: Midsummer Place
Exhibition and demonstration showing the creation of virtual human beings that interact in a virtual computer world. …more

Health Measurements
Date: 15th July
Time: 11am – 5pm
Location: Midsummer Place
Exhibition and demonstrations including the measurement of skinfolds, height and weight, waist-hip circumference and blood pressure. …more

Measuring Brainwaves
Date: 15th July
Time: 11am – 5pm
Location: Midsummer Place
See how brainwaves are measured using EEG equipment to pick up electrical activity (alpha waves). Come along and see for yourself. …more

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