New Scientist Live returns for 2018
New Scientist Live returns for its third annual event this Autumn from 20th-23rd September 2018
Posted by Alex Diggins | August 04, 2018 | Events
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The benefits of hands-on learning are well known, but how about taking this to another level?

How about exploring the cosmos in a pop-up planetarium? Or hearing directly from an astronaut or a brain surgeon? Or travelling through a brain in VR?

Taking place at the ExCeL London, New Scientist Live, invites people of all ages to explore new discoveries about science. 

Featuring more than 120 pioneering and inspirational speakers and exhibitors, enquiring minds will hear from some of the most distinguished philosophers, authors, comedians and entrepreneurs from around the world, including Henry Marsh, Sean Carroll, Jim Al-Khalili and Hannah Fry.

The four-day festival is more than a gathering of the great contemporary minds. It also acts as chance to spread the infectious love of science and hunger for learning to the next generation of scientists, engineers and doctors.

How about exploring the cosmos in a pop-up planetarium? Or hearing directly from an astronaut or a brain surgeon? Or travelling through a brain in VR?

It’s never been so important to bring science to life, with the world of tomorrow poised to heavily rely on jobs within the STEM fields. Recent research even shows that STEM jobs will grow at double the rate of other occupations between now and 2023 – and children can get excited about them through New Scientist Live’s five immersive zones covering Humans, Earth, Technology, Cosmos and Engineering.

There’s also plenty of enthralling experiences on show, including the chance to get up-close and personal with some incredible invertebrates, thrilling VR experiences including a gut-wrenching rollercoaster and a prehistoric canvas waiting to be painted with a cave painting wall. 

There’s no shortage of unforgettable events to inspire and amaze students of all ages.

Matter does the funniest things

Join engineer Zoe Laughlin’s interactive demo as she explores the wonderful world of materials, in a chance to witness some of the most wondrous matter on earth; from shape-memory paperclips to magnetic liquids, non-Newtonian fluids and self-healing concrete.

Maths versus AI

How do you prevent AI from taking over the world? How does Maths have the answer?

Top UK scientist Nira Chamberlain will take you through a mathematical model of the complexities of human behaviour that caused the world economics crash. He’ll go on to show how the same model can be used to investigate how to minimise the probability of an artificial intelligence takeover.

The internet speed limit?

Voice and data gets transmitted via pulses of light through hair-thin glass fibres that have reached levels of speed some people never thought possible. 

But how fast can this get? What will the limit be? Electronic engineer Linda Galdino connects us with the answers. 

Sounds of the deep

The ocean is a remarkably noisy place, with whales, dolphins, fish and invertebrates all producing sounds to communicate. But what damage does the noise created by humans really do?

Join Blue Planet II series scientific adviser Steve Simpson for an underwater acoustic adventure.

Sonia Morjaria-Shann, Head of Marketing said: “Bringing the excitement and wonder from the world of science to the ExCel has been a truly phenomenal experience, with the likes of Tim Peake and Margaret Atwood making appearances in previous years. It’s a joy to witness such an enthused audience of all ages and this year is all set to be unforgettable!”

New Scientist Live welcomes teachers and students with a passion for science, and has made group booking discounts available at more than 50% off standard ticket priceFor further information and to buy tickets, please visit newscientistlive.com.

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