The British Science Festival

The British Science Festival: 5 - 9 Sept 2017


Digital Encounters: Horatio's Family Bar

Augmented presence, telematics touch and virtual reality experiences are implanted into secluded booths in Horatio's Bar, taking you on an otherworldly journey to the digital dimension. Presented akin to Edwardian scientific experiments, they are comparable to how the technologies of film, illusion and clairvoyance first appeared in amusement arcades and attractions on seaside piers.

Brighton Palace Pier Takeover: Friday 8 September

Experience science on the seafront as researchers, artists and entertainers amaze thrill-seekers at the iconic seaside attraction. From pop-up experiments and games to interactive installations and cabaret acts, there will be something for everyone at our pier extravaganza.



Weighing Almost Nothing: Horatio's Family Bar, 18.30-19.30

A humorous exploration of one artist's hapless attempts to fathom the link between weightlessness and romance. The audience are invited to participate in a variety of home-brew live gravity experiments in a show including live music, comedy and even some science.



Born to Sum: Horatio's Family Bar, 17.00-17.45

Folk mathematician, Kyle Evans and his trusty guitar take you on a comedic musical tour through some unexpected parallels between maths and pop culture.



Doctor Jiggs Bowson's Charming Science Friends: Horatio's Family Bar,20.15-21.00, 21.15-22.00

Doctor Jiggs invites you to enjoy one of her extravagant shows of science talent, bringing together a unique cabaret of comedy, drag & rudeness. Expect giggles, flirting, facts & amazing hair.



Madame Natalie's Booth: Top of the Pier

Can Madame Natalie predict what kind of sexual experiences you've been having? See if her questionnaire gives you the right answer, but don't give away your secret! Information leaflets will be available and a sexual health professional will be present who you can approach with any questions you have.



What Goes Up Must Come Down: Top of the Pier

We stay grounded thanks to gravity. Using state of the art gravity sensing technology, experience and get to grips with the phenomenon in new ways while riding the infamous, drop-in-your-stomach inducing Brighton Palace Pier Crazy Mouse rollercoaster.



Panic Attack or Plain Sailing - How Scary Do You Find Fairground Rides?: Top of the Pier

How does being scared affect memory? Find out how riding fear-inducing fairground attractions affects your ability to detect attention to detail.



Stargazers: Top of the Pier

Explore the wonders of the night sky with Brighton Astro and their array of telescopes. Whether you are captivated by constellations or curious about the cosmos come along to observe the beauty of the night sky in striking detail. Please note, this event is weather dependent.



Blast that Plaque!: Top of the Pier

Atherosclerosis is the root cause of many strokes and heart attacks. Discover the new techniques used to detect the fatty build-ups and try your hand at destroying them in the 'AtheroBlaster' arcade game.



Stall Catchers - An Alzheimer's Game: Top of the Pier

Contribute to, and help speed up real Alzheimer's research by catching 'stalls' (clusters of white blood cells that block blood flow in the brain) in this interactive game.



Antimatter Matters: Top of the Pier

The universe as we know it is made almost entirely of 'matter', so what is 'antimatter'? Learn about the properties of the elusive antimatter, the experiments being performed to study it and how it appears in everyday life.



Journey of Discovery Trail: Top of the Pier

Why not take the Journey of Discovery Trail with BBC Focus Magazine? It'll take you from the dark heart of a black hole to a tube of toothpaste, revealing a host of fascinating science along the way. Just find the boards, grab a quiz sheet and off you go!





Waterborne: Saturday 9 Sept 2017


Waterborne is an audio work using lyrical narrative to describe the afterlife of the human body in water. Listen as you look out over the water and imagine your body below the surface, as it decays and dislocates on an epic journey from an urban canal, via a tidal river, into the sea.


Combining forensics, art and ecology, Waterborne is the story of micro-inhabitations, algae and the flow of matter, and reminds us we are bodies of water.







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