Saturday, 20 October 2012


Join us for two days of free talks from leading science writers at Oxford University Press.

Throughout October 27 and November 3, our Science Saturdays should illuminate and amuse. It's all part of Manchester Science Festival, and it's going to be amazing.

Here's a poster which you can click on and copy if you want - along with our full schedule of events.

Waking the Giant
Sat 27 Oct 2012 11am - 12 noon
Bill McGuire argues that climate change is once more setting the scene for the giant to reawaken, and we can already see the signs... [more]

The Goldilocks Planet
Sat 27 Oct 2012 2pm
Two leading geologists give important insights into dramatic changes in Earth's distant past, and the delicate balance that ensures our planet is 'not too hot, not too cold', but 'just right' to sustain life... [more]

Why Millions Survive Cancer
Sat 27 Oct 2012 3.30pm
The enormous recent progress in fighting cancer, and the science behind it, is revealed fully for the first time Lauren Pecorino, who looks to the future in our battle with this disease... [more]

Run, Swim, Throw, Cheat
Sat 27 Oct 2012 5pm
Drugs in sport are big news and the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport is common. What are the limits of human performance? What stops us running faster, throwing longer, or jumping higher? Find out at this fascinating event... [more]

On Being
Sat 3 Nov 2012 11am
In this scientific 'credo', Peter Atkins considers the universal questions of origins, endings, birth, and death to which religions have claimed answers... [more]

Why Humans Like to Cry
Sat 3 Nov 2012 2pm
Why have we developed art forms - most powerfully, music - which move us to sadness and tears? [more]

Higgs: The invention and discovery of the 'God Particle'
Sat 3 Nov 2012 3.30pm
The hunt for the Higgs particle has involved the biggest, most expensive experiment ever. So what is this particle called the Higgs boson? [more]

There are loads of other venues hosting events too. See more on the Manchester Science Festival website.