A series of interactive talks and workshops for adults

Extremism and the Internet

Far-right extremism is a rising issue in our society, and social media is the main weapon that such groups wield in cyber space in order to recruit and radicalize others. In this panel discussion, experts from the College of Law and Criminology look at:

  • What social media analytics tell us about how far-right groups are using the internet.
  • The use of the internet in radicalisation and violent extremism.
  • The use of child images in terrorist propaganda.

Speakers: Dr Lella Nouri, Joe Whittaker and Amy-Louise Watkin

Location: The Warehouse, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 3.30pm - 4.45pm

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The Influence of Sixteenth-Century Gun Culture

In this talk, Catherine, an expert on weaponry of the Renaissance period, discusses how the first half of the 16th century saw an exponential rise in the production, sale and ownership of handguns. These new portable weapons were a challenge for public order, not least because a wheel-lock gun could be concealed under a cloak, making it an ideal weapon for assassins. From a plot to smuggle gunpowder into Siena in wine barrels, to gun-toting Lutheran women in the Italian hills, to an early scheme for a weapons non-proliferation treaty, Catherine explores the challenge that the rise of handguns posed and considers how that early history might help us deal with the issues guns pose in the world today. This talk links to the issue of gun violence in contemporary society, especially but not only in the USA. It also has relevance to debates about how to tackle post-conflict small arms proliferation in the Global South.

Speaker: Dr Catherine Fletcher

Location: Dockside, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm 


The Interpretation of Truth

This has been dubbed the post-truth age, when facts are abandoned in pursuit of personal and political gain. But what does truth mean? Like it or not, facts alone are not enough. Human beliefs and values influence what we believe to be true: one person’s truth may be another’s falsehood. Bringing their own interpretations of truth are climate scientist Dr Mary Gagen and artist Karen Ingham. 

Speakers: Dr Mary Gagen and Professor Karen Ingham, Professor of Art and Science Interactions, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Location: The Warehouse, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 4pm - 5.15pm

Antarctic ice caves

Drawing Your Dreams

In this drop-in workshop, sleep expert Mark Blagrove interviews people about their dreams, while Julia will illustrates their dream onto pages of Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams to create a personalised artwork.

Mark explores the relationship of dreams to waking life and to brain processes during sleep and shows the memory sources that go into a dream, and the sleeper’s memory of, and reaction to the dream.

The discussion and simultaneous illustration are also a performance, as an overhead visualiser and screen are used to show the drawing process to the wider audience and to people waiting for their turn for discussion and illustration.

Presenters: Professor Mark Blagrove and Julia Lockheart, Trinity St David 

Location: Waterfront Workshop, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 4pm - 9.15pm


An Innovative Approach to Treating Depression and Chronic Pain

The World Health Organisation has found that on average about 1 in 20 people reported having an episode of depression in the previous year. Depressive disorders often start at a young age; they reduce people’s functioning and often are recurring. For these reasons, scientists, innovators, and clinicians have been working to take their research from the lab to the marketplace. In this demonstration, Fred shows how the intersection of neuroscience and engineering has created a product which is a novel approach to treat depression and chronic pain.

Speaker: Dr Fred Boy

Location: Ocean Room, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 5pm - 6pm


Virtual Embodiments

Using virtual reality headsets and the skills of a digital artist Karen Ingam, this interactive talk with Dr Ann John explores how young people who suffer from mental health issues may be helped by visualizing their feelings. This innovative arts and science collaboration works with 18 to 24-years-old gamers, and shows how, by drawing on their knowledge of virtual realities and avatars, they can create unique virtual versions of themselves and their environments and be immersed in a 3D version of their state of mind.

Speakers: Professor Ann John and Karen Ingam, Professor of Art and Science Interactions, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Location: Ocean Room, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 6.15pm - 7.15pm


Animal Testing and the Law

The principle that animal testing should be subject to restrictions based on animal welfare is almost universally accepted. But in this this interactive talk, Patrick asks where to draw the line and asks the audience to evaluate the law from a personal ethical standpoint. Whether or not we are aware of it, everyone benefits from animal testing. However, does the law balance between medical and scientific advancement and animal welfare?

Speaker: Dr Patrick Bishop

Location: Dockside, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 6.45pm - 7.45m


Great Apes

Anthropologist Louis Leakey declared in 1963 “We must redefine ‘tool’, redefine ‘man’, or accept chimpanzees as humans”. Since then, our closest relations have been observed making weapons and engaging in both play and warfare. Evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod takes a lighthearted look at whether we need to redefine what it means to be Homo sapiens and questions whether or not humans are unique.

Speaker: Ben Garrod

Location: The Warehouse, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 7.15pm - 8.15pm

*Please note* This is a free event, however, booking is essential due to anticipated high demand. Click here to book. 

Ben Garrod - Great Apes

The Face of Swansea

Have you ever judged a book by its cover? We are warned not to, but we do it every day because our faces say more about us than we ever imagined. Research shows we can detect personality in faces, and much more. Alex examines the judgments we make from facial appearance, and explores how first impressions can be true. Alex also demonstrates how to spot a healthy face, choose a leader based on their appearance, and how to tell introverts and extroverts apart.

During this event, Alex also builds the face of Swansea by taking pictures of people and then building a composite picture that represents the people who live here and asking: what does the face of Swansea say about its inhabitants? In doing so, he shows us how we make judgments from appearances and how to be better armed to change them.

Presenter: Dr Alex Jones

Location: Ocean Room, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 8.15pm - 9.15pm 

Alex Jones

Privacy in the Digital Age

In this interactive workshop David Mair shows that while we are increasingly living our lives online and enjoying the benefits that this interconnectivity brings, your personal data can be at risk. Global hacking, identity theft and fraud have seen massive rises while, financially, e-crime is estimated to cost the Welsh economy up to £974 million each year. During the workshop, David reveals just how much of your personal data is available on the internet, discusses the consequences that this data-leakage might have in terms of criminal intent, and shows how to protect your online self.

If you would like to participate in this event by allowing David to nvestigate the digital footprint left behind by your social media usage, you can sign up here. By signing up to attend this event, you understand and agree to David investigating your social media and other internet activity through the use of open source methods. At no time will David attempt to access your accounts or gain entry to any personal data stored about you in secure places. Due to time restraints, it may not be possible for David to explain exactly what was found about you specifically. Following this event, all information identified about participants will be destroyed in a secure and confidential manner.

Speaker: David Mair

Location: Dockside, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 8.30pm - 9.30pm

To register as a participant in this event: Click here

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Science Variety Night

Roll up, roll up for the first ever Swansea Science Festival variety night! As the lights go down, the scientists come out to play … expect entertainment, experiments and extraordinary things. Guests will be announced in the run-up to the festival, so check back here to discover what delights await.

Location: Warehouse, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 9.15pm until late