A series of interactive talks and workshops, followed by a variety night.


Extremism and the Internet

Far-right extremism is a rising issue in our society, and social media is the main weapon that such groups wield in cyber space in order to recruit and radicalize others. In this panel discussion, experts from the College of Law and Criminology look at:

  • What social media analytics tell us about how far-right groups are using the internet.
  • Counter-terrorism efforts in the online space, the Prevent
    agenda and how to report online terrorist content.

  • The use of child images in terrorist propaganda.

Speakers: David Mair, Joe Whittaker and Amy-Louise Watkin

Location: The Warehouse, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 3.30pm - 4.45pm

Computer keyboard

The Influence of Sixteenth-Century Gun Culture

In this talk, Catherine, an expert on weaponry of the Renaissance period, discusses how the first half of the 16th century saw an exponential rise in the production, sale and ownership of handguns. These new portable weapons were a challenge for public order, not least because a wheel-lock gun could be concealed under a cloak, making it an ideal weapon for assassins. From a plot to smuggle gunpowder into Siena in wine barrels, to gun-toting Lutheran women in the Italian hills, to an early scheme for a weapons non-proliferation treaty, Catherine explores the challenge that the rise of handguns posed and considers how that early history might help us deal with the issues guns pose in the world today. This talk links to the issue of gun violence in contemporary society, especially but not only in the USA. It also has relevance to debates about how to tackle post-conflict small arms proliferation in the Global South.

Speaker: Dr Catherine Fletcher

Location: Dockside, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm 

Gun

The Interpretation of Truth

This has been dubbed the post-truth age, when facts are abandoned in pursuit of personal and political gain. But what does truth mean? Like it or not, facts alone are not enough. Human beliefs, values and brains influence what we believe to be true: one person’s truth may be another’s falsehood. Bringing their own interpretations of truth are climate scientist Mary Gagen, artist Karen Ingham and psychologist Ruth Horry.

Speakers: Dr Mary Gagen, Associate Professor of Geography, Swansea University Professor Karen Ingham, Professor of Art and Science Interactions, University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Dr Ruth Horry, Lecturer in Psychology, Swansea University. 

Location: Ocean Room, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 4pm - 5.15pm

Antarctic ice caves

Drawing Your Dreams

In this drop-in workshop, sleep expert Mark Blagrove interviews people about their dreams, while Julia Lockheart illustrates their dream onto pages of Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams to create a personalised artwork.

Mark explores the relationship of dreams to waking life and to brain processes during sleep and shows the memory sources that go into a dream, and the sleeper’s memory of, and reaction to the dream.

The discussion and simultaneous illustration are also a performance, as an overhead visualiser and screen are used to show the drawing process to the wider audience and to people waiting for their turn for discussion and illustration.

Presenters: Professor Mark Blagrove and Julia Lockheart of Trinity St David 

Location: Waterfront Workshop, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 4pm - 9.15pm

Dreaming

An Innovative Approach to Treating Depression and Chronic Pain

The World Health Organisation has found that on average about 1 in 20 people reported having an episode of depression in the previous year. Depressive disorders often start at a young age; they reduce people’s functioning and often are recurring. For these reasons, scientists, innovators, and clinicians have been working to take their research from the lab to the marketplace. In this demonstration, Fred shows how the intersection of neuroscience and engineering has created a product which is a novel approach to treat depression and chronic pain.

Speaker: Dr Fred Boy

Location: Dockside, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 5pm - 6pm

Depression

Feel the pressure - preventing pressure damage to the body with technology 

Did you know your skin is the largest organ of your body? It is also the easiest to damage. Pressure ulcers or pressure/ bed sores have a huge impact on people's lives and on our health services. Every year in Wales thousands of people living in their home develop damage from prolonged pressure on their skin; damage which can be difficult to heal and at risk of infection. Healthcare specialists from the NHS in Swansea are using novel technology to engage those at risk, reduce risk and improve the care for those with pressure damage to the body. In this drop-in workshop the team share the latest innovations in wound assesment and management, and demonstrate and allow the public to pressure map their body on a seat, take 3D photographs of artificial wounds, and explore an interactive learning module. 

Speakers: Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Intervention Service (PUPIS) alongside Tissue Viability Services, ABMU Health Board.

Location: Vivian Room, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 4pm - 6pm

Pressure

Heart Health

This event journeys through the cardiovascular system and the development of heart disease (both genetic and acquired). It showcases the wide range of methods used in laboratories, from molecular techniques to non-invasive studies in humans. The team illustrates and explains how these methods increase our understanding of the causes and effects of heart disease, provide examples of what we all can do to improve our cardiovascular health and demonstrate how we are identifying new opportunities to reduce the high global burden of heart disease.

Speaker: Professor Chris George and Professor Julian Halcox 

Location: The Warehouse, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Heart health

Virtual Embodiments

Using virtual reality headsets and the skills of a digital artist Karen Ingam, this interactive talk with Dr Ann John explores how young people who suffer from mental health issues may be helped by visualizing their feelings. This innovative arts and science collaboration works with 18 to 24-year-old gamers, and shows how, by drawing on their knowledge of virtual realities and avatars, they can create unique virtual versions of themselves and their environments and be immersed in a 3D version of their state of mind.

Speakers: Professor Ann John and Karen Ingam, Professor of Art and Science Interactions, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Location: Ocean Room, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 6.15pm - 7.15pm

VR

Animal Testing and the Law

The principle that animal testing should be subject to restrictions based on animal welfare is almost universally accepted. But in this this interactive talk, Patrick asks where to draw the line and asks the audience to evaluate the law from a personal ethical standpoint. Whether or not we are aware of it, everyone benefits from animal testing. However, does the law balance between medical and scientific advancement and animal welfare?

Speaker: Dr Patrick Bishop

Location: Dockside, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 6.45pm - 7.45m

Law

Great Apes

Anthropologist Louis Leakey declared in 1963 “We must redefine ‘tool’, redefine ‘man’, or accept chimpanzees as humans”. Since then, our closest relations have been observed making weapons and engaging in both play and warfare. Evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod takes a lighthearted look at whether we need to redefine what it means to be Homo sapiens and questions whether or not humans are unique.

Speaker: Ben Garrod

Location: The Warehouse, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 7.15pm - 8.15pm

*Please note* This is a free event, however, booking is essential due to anticipated high demand. Click here to book. 

Ben Garrod - Great Apes

The Face of Swansea

Have you ever judged a book by its cover? We are warned not to, but we do it every day because our faces say more about us than we ever imagined. Research shows we can detect personality in faces, and much more. Alex examines the judgments we make from facial appearance, and explores how first impressions can be true. Alex also demonstrates how to spot a healthy face, choose a leader based on their appearance, and how to tell introverts and extroverts apart.

During this event, Alex also builds the face of Swansea by taking pictures of people and then building a composite picture that represents the people who live here and asking: what does the face of Swansea say about its inhabitants? In doing so, he shows us how we make judgments from appearances and how to be better armed to change them.

Presenter: Dr Alex Jones

Location: Ocean Room, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 8.15pm - 9.15pm 

Alex Jones

Science Variety Night

Roll up, roll up for the first ever Swansea Science Festival variety night! Extraordinary things happen when science and technology collide with human talent and creativity. Featuring music, light and death-defying sideshow stunts!

Guitar physicist Mark Lewney performs a Bohemian Rhapsody tribute to quantum mechanics.

Electric cellist Bela Emerson takes the cello way beyond its usual sphere with layers of rhythm and sound in a mesmerising performance.

Psychologist Alex Jones tests who you find attractive and reveals the average face of Swansea, and Grace Billings performs a dazzling display of dance and light with LED hula hoop and digital poi.

Sparks will fly in the finale as your host for the evening, scientist and Professional Trickster Tim Cockerill, attempts to recreate 1930s act of legendary electrical wizard Professor Sparks. Will he be able to withstand 27,000 volts of electricity, shooting sparks from his fingertips, and survive?

Location: Warehouse, National Waterfront Museum

Date: Friday 8 September

Time: 9.15pm - 11pm 

Variety night