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Free public events to mark British Science Week 2017

The Faculty of Science is inviting the public to join them during British Science Week to learn how to track the Easter bunny, identify birdsong, and discover what we can all do to age more healthily.   

The University is hosting a free programme of events at its Hope Park campus between 10th-17th March 2017, including health MOTs, meet the meerkats, and the chance to learn about sports performance and nutrition.

Events will take place throughout the week, with a special family-friendly day on Sunday 12th March based in and around the University’s new Health Sciences building. 

The day will begin at 11am, where Science Lecturer Carl Larsen will use radio telemetry to help families track the Easter bunny around the University grounds. The event will be repeated at 1pm (meet outside the University’s Health Sciences Building). Between 11am-3pm, the public can also get up close with meerkats, an 11ft python and tarantulas at the Animal Encounters family event. 

At 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm in the Health Sciences Building, join Dr Thom Smyth who will be simulating Darwinian evolution using paper birds. 

Between 11am and 12.45 children aged 4-6 can have fun while parents learn how children process space and numbers. Dr Tom Gallagher-Mitchell will lead Walking the Number Line, a fun task for children that will address whether walking a number line creates greater accuracy in spatial and numerical mapping.

Learn all about birdsong at 12pm and 2pm; take part in a guided walk and learn simple tips to identify different species.

Between 11am - 2pm, Nutrition staff and students will be offering free health MOTs to anybody over the age of 16. People can have their body composition, height, weight, BMI and waist-to-hip ratio measured, and a small finger-prick blood test to analyse glucose, triglycerides, cholesterol and blood pressure.

On the same day, sports enthusiasts can learn how to analyse sports performance at 11am (suitable for ages 16+), or about 3D printing in Medicine between 11am-12pm and 1pm - 2pm.

At 1pm there will be a screening of Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller Black Swan, (suitable for ages 16+) followed by a multidisciplinary discussion on sport performance, eating behaviour and related psychological states led by experts Dr Letizia Palumbo and Dr Emma Lees.

Other events throughout the week include a cycling Science seminar, experimental psychology demonstrations, an insight into the research taking place at the University, and a conference exploring the latest issues in psychology.

On Tuesday 14th March (9.30am - 4pm) find out how to age more healthily, as experts share their latest research at a drop-in Lecturethon. The event will raise money for Age Concern and Speakers include Dil Daly (CEO Age Concern) and Dr Omid Alizadehkhaiyat (keynote). Suitable for ages 16+

 Animal Encounters will return to the campus between 4pm - 6pm on Wednesday 15th March and Health MOTs will also be available on Monday 13th March between 9am - 1pm.

The week will close with a Science and Society Q&A on Friday 17th March between 7pm - 8pm. Experts from Liverpool Hope University’s Science Faculty, including Dr Letizia Palumbo, Dr David Reid, Dr Steven Shakespeare, Professor Mehmet Dorak and Dr J. Enrique Salcedo-Sora will be available to answer questions from the public on topics ranging from artificial intelligence to antibiotic resistance.

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Published on 20/03/2018