glasgow science festival

6-16th June, 2019

Glasgow Science Festival (GSF) was grown in 2007 – it has now grown to be one of the largest science festivals in the UK. GSF takes memorable events to venues across the City, with up to 50,000 people of all ages and backgrounds participating in the festival.

The festival provides a fantastic showcase showing the outstanding contribution Glasgow and Glasgow based researchers make to the worlds of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).

Content is developed with researchers and partners to produce a varied programme of high quality events and innovative delivery styles.  Whilst the purpose exploring STEMM plus social and ethical issues – you will find the approach enjoyable, accessible and light hearted.

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Highlights include:

James Watt and his Legacy: Exhibition

University of Glasgow Library Foyer, Hillhead Street, Glasgow G12 8QE

6-16th June, 2019
Library opening hours, 07:15-02:00
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This exhibition celebrates the works and legacy of scientist, inventor and engineer, James Watt. It explores Watt’s time as an instrument maker at the University and his legacy, inspiring generations of mechanical and electrical engineers.

This exhibition will take place in the foyer of the University of Glasgow Library, which is accessible to all. This event is part of the James Watt 2019 celebrations.

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Explore Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA

6th-16th June

0141 420 5000 for more information

Discover three floors of interactive exhibits, games, illusions and shows. Travel amongst the stars in our fulldome digital Planetarium, explore how seeds grow and survive or become a detective to help us solve a crime!

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Glasgow Maker Faire

Riverside Museum, 100 Pointhouse Rd, Glasgow G3 8RS

8th & 9th June, 2019
All ages
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Pop along to the ‘Greatest Show and Tell on Earth’ at the Riverside Museum. Maker Faire Glasgow is a celebration of invention, creativity & the DIY learning culture. An event full of interactive maker exhibits, workshops and traditional to digital crafts, suitable for all ages

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Really Small Science at Kinning Park

Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall St, Kinning, Glasgow G41 1BA

9th June, 2019
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Take a big look at the nano-world with ReallySmallScience! Join researchers from the University of Strathclyde for fun, hands-on experiments. We’ll explore chemical and process engineering with our nanopolymers and wobbly nanojelly.

Ever wondered what plastic is made of, or the science behind slime? We’ll be using household ingredients to link together the building blocks and create our own nanopolymer bouncy balls!

Learn about states of matter and the science of jelly. We’ll be making wobbly nanojelly, then turning it back into a liquid using molecular ‘nanoscissors’.

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The Hunterian at Science Sunday

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Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow Glasgow G12 8QQ
9th June, 2019
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Come along to The Hunterian to discover some amazing scientific expeditions and the diverse, fascinating and invaluable collections that are their legacy. Get involved in expedition related activities and enjoy student-led tours of our expedition displays.

Part of 29 – Science Sunday

More on what’s in store . . . 

Rock DoctorsHave you ever found an intriguing, beautiful, or downright weird rock or gem?  Our geology team can help you identify it and learn its amazing story!  Plus, get the chance to examine rare rocks and minerals up close and personal through powerful microscopes, and find out more about the amazing inner workings of our planet!

Exploring MineralsStones, gems and minerals can be pretty, massive, or awe-inspiring, but did you know they’ve also improved art, medicine, chemistry, and can even teach us about the origins of the solar system?  Come check out the amazing world of geology, and remember…looks can be deceiving!

Find a FossilCome be a palaeontologist for a day, and discover ancient fossils like professionals do!  Can you uncover fossils alongside our experienced palaeontologists.  Learn about what professional fossil hunters do to uncover ancient creatures, while exploring some of Scotland’s most ancient animal residents.

Flaky PaintHow do changes in the environment cause paintings to flake? Come and test for yourself how moisture causes the layers of paintings on wood to flake. Just as James Watt use to test the strength of materials, we will test our models paintings using cold “steam”.

Student-Led ToursExplore the collections of the Hunterian museum with the help of our trained guides, and explore Glasgow’s contributions to the world of medicine, palaeontology, and other explorations of the world and universe around us!

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Airships, Steamships and Spitfires: 100 Years of Women in Engineering

Kelvin Hall, Seminar Room, 1445 Argyle Street Glasgow G3 8AW

12th June, 2019

It is over a century since women were first able to become engineers. Many of the first women were not merely pioneering a new career for females but also making important contributions to engineering in the UK. Dr Nina Baker shares some of the terrific stories about amazing women from her years of research into these hidden histories. This talk is part of the centenary celebrations of the Women’s Engineering Society, founded in 1919.

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