City plays host to an array of free science events

Over the next two weeks Portsmouth residents could stumble upon science when they go shopping, stop for a cup of tea or look at the night sky.

The University of Portsmouth is celebrating National Science and Engineering Week with a range of free events that will appeal to all age groups.

The week is officially kicking off on Saturday March 16 with a band of science buskers setting out to amaze and enlighten shoppers in the Guildhall Square area. The event is from 12:00 to 1:00 pm and the buskers are returning on Saturday March 23 at the same time.

Astrophysicists from the University’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitationwill be holding stargazing nights every day for a week in Gunwharf Quays. People are encouraged to come along, use a telescope, and find out about the night sky. The event is being held from Monday 18 to Friday 22 March from 6:30 to 8:00 pm outside Bar 38.

Astronomers star gaze in the city

Astronomers star gaze in the city

Like a Tea Tray in the Sky, a café in Osborne Road, Southsea, will be hosting an evening of knitting with maths on Saturday March 16 from 6:00 pm. Knitting is highly mathematical, with the best knitting patterns relying on an active brain as well as active fingers.

The University’s centre for simulation in healthcare will open its doors to the public for the first time. Guests will be able to see the range of facilities on offer, including mannequins that can simulate the symptoms of a heart attack, among other things. Radiographers, Operating Department Practitioners, and paramedics, among other disciplines, are able to train there as part of their course. The centre will be open on Tuesday March 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

The University is also involved with a variety of talks being held in the city.

The Mary Rose Story will be hosting an evening of science and technology as researchers from the Department of Biological Sciences will talk about the science involved in the preservation of the historical ship. The event is being held on Wednesday March 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Mary Rose Story in the Historic Dockyard.

The University is also hosting a talk by Dr Phillippe Blondel from the University of Bath who will be talking about the secrets of our oceans, and what we can learn from the past to predict events such as tsunamis in the future. This will be held on Wednesday March 20, 7.00-8.30 pm, in Richmond Building.

Professor Will Percival will be speaking about the latest theories of the universe and his work in mapping the history of the universe in an attempt to learn more about the present night sky. This event will be held in Park Building on Thursday March 21 at 6:00 pm.

As part of the Café Scientifique series, Dr John Williams, an expert in urban infrastructure, will be talking about the impact every day domestic behaviour has on our waste water systems. Join him for the discussion on Tuesday March 26 at 8:00 pm in Le Café Parisien.

To book onto any of the events please go to,171270,en.html or call 023 9284 3757

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  1. Radio Solent today said you could contact this website for tickets to a Stargazing evening at gunwharf Quay on the 7th January 2014 I cannot find the entry form on your website. sincerely Elizabeth

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