Swansea Science Festival - Thursday 8 November

Thursday 8 November

Our bookable events for Thursday include talks, workshops, and shows.

Join us for an evening of thought-provoking events as well as a range of exhibits. With speakers including Alice Roberts, and dance performances from Unkindest Cut, there is something for everyone. These events are sure to book up fast, so please book your tickets in advance.

Alice Roberts: Tamed: Three Species that Changed our World

Join Alice Roberts as she delves into archaeology, history and genetics to reveal the amazing stories of three species that became our allies. 

For hundreds of thousands of years, our ancestors depended on wild plants and animals for survival. They were hunter- gatherers, consummate foraging experts, taking the world as they found it. Then a revolution occurred – our ancestors’ interaction with other species changed. They began to tame them. The human population boomed; civilisation began.

18:00 - 19:00 Talk
19:00 - 20:00 Book signing

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Sexual Crimes and Terrorism: The Dark Side of Social Media

At Taliesin Create - Mall

Social media has connected us like never before in many positive ways. But it has also created opportunities for the darker side of human society: criminals use its widespread accessibility and easy anonymity to access victims, spread fear and attract support.

15:00 - 16:00

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Unkindest Cut

Unkindest Cut: Harm and Harmony in your Head - performance

At the Shipping Container (located between Fulton House and the Digital Technium, next to Talesin Arts Centre)

Outside it seems to be a shipping container much like any other. Inside though, it’s a fortress of ideas –intimate and intense, alluring but alarming, contained yet spilling over.

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Unkindest Cut: Harm and Harmony in Your Head – discussion

At Taliesin Create – Mall
What has been going on in the shipping container outside Taliesin? The Unkindest Cut installation and performance explores how our own minds cope – and sometimes don’t – with modern life, confronting audiences at close quarters with complex issues around young people and mental health.


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At Taliesin Arts Centre

Meet Kate, a 5' 8" whirlwind of a character. Addicted to the pounding beats and neon glow of the 80's, follow Kate's journey into the lab. Inspired by the work of female scientists, Flux uses extraordinary puppetry, an electrifying set and a filmic score.

20:00 - 21:00

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Genetic Data

At Taliesin Create - Mall

The use of genetic information for health research is important to help researchers and healthcare professionals understand more about diseases and how to treat them. Join us for this discussion workshop where we will explore the area of genetic data.

15:15 - 16:15

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Swansea LawZone

At Taleisin Create - Mall

Join Swansea University’s LawZone to learn about your legal rights, and what legal advice is available. Are you missing out on legal services? Do you know your legal rights to counter problems you are facing? Come to our talk and discussion to find out more.

17:00 - 18:00

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Spectacle of Spectacles

At Taliesin Create - Studio

Explore the history of glasses from the nineteenth century to today, and learn about changes of perception through time. Join our discussion and share your thoughts.

20:00 - 20:30

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Their poverty and ours':Sharing the stories of shrimp farming community

At Taliesin Create - Mall

We want to help others understand poverty with the aim of reducing it – children in farming communities in Bangladesh have drawn pictures of the challenges they face in their rural villages. Help us by taking part in our workshop and draw pictures of your city and the challenges you face living here!


18:30 - 19:00

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How to build your bones

History and science come together in our knowledge of bones and how to look after them. Swansea researchers were able to identify elite archers from the human remains found in the warship Mary Rose because the bones in their arms showed they’d had years of training.

Studying the bones and techniques used by powerful athletes like these has helped understand what keeps bones healthy in us all, and is leading to better diagnosis and support for those with co-ordination disorders like dyspraxia. Join sports scientist Nick Owen and anatomist Alice Roberts to find out what keeps bones healthy through childhood and as we age.

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