Free British Science Week events in Portsmouth

British Science Week 2017The University of Portsmouth has organised a number of exciting and free events as part of British Science Week, an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths from 10 to 19 March.

The events taking place this week are:

SimEx Open Day – Wednesday 15 March from 10am to 4pm in Ravelin Park. 

This event features displays from national and international emergency response organisations and is a chance for anyone interested to see the workings of disaster relief, including geo-mapping, flood relief, and rescuing those stranded at sea or on mountains or after earthquakes.

Alongside an extensive exhibition, staffed by those working at the frontline of emergency services worldwide, there will also be a series of talks from those first on the ground when an emergency strikes.

The Pill to Prozac: pollution to parasites – Wednesday 15 March at 6pm Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH

The past 30 years of environmental toxicology has demonstrated that ‘pollutants’ don’t need to be present in high concentrations to have dramatic effects of wildlife. In his inaugural lecture, Alex Ford, Professor of Biology, looks through the history of pollutants, such as the contraceptive pill, that can change the sex of aquatic organisms through to the more recent accounts of antidepressants in the aquatic environment affecting the food chain.

Admission is free, but please book a place here:

Chemistry and Mathematics of Coffee – Thursday 16 March at 6pm Park Building, Room 2.07, King Henry I Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DY

A special talk with Dr William Lee, University of Portsmouth and Dr Christopher Hendon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

While mathematics isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about making better coffee, Dr Lee has conducted research to develop mathematical models that can be used to predict the quality of brewed coffee. Dr Lee will discuss how mathematicians go about constructing and analysing models of industrial processes using the brewing of coffee as an example.

Admission is free but please book a place here:

Psychology Super Saturday: Saturday 18 March 11am-5pm King Henry Building

The University’s department of Psychology will be opening up its labs and research to the public for a celebration of psychological science.  This hands-on family-friendly event is a great chance to see how psychologists do their research and there will be opportunities to get involved with experiments, research activities and to register for future studies.

Researchers will also be giving talks on a broad range of topics; from the sounds of babies’ cries to orangutan communication and from how children lie to the psychology of your walk.

Admission is free but please register for a ticket here:

Further details about the events can be found on the British Science Week website –

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