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Cheltenham Science Festival 2018 is set to bring together some of the world's greatest scientists, thinkers and writers for a family-friendly showcase, with this year focusing on the fascinating theme, Connected: Divided.

Inquisitive minds of all ages can enjoy a host of engaging, insightful and enjoyable events when Cheltenham Science Festival takes place from Tuesday 5 to Sunday 10 June 2018; in a world that’s more connected than ever before, this year’s festival focuses on the interesting theme, Connected: Divided.

Since it was founded in 2002, Cheltenham Science Festival has united some of the greatest scientists, thinkers, comedians and writers, with the headline themes for 2018 spanning Current Affairs; Best for First-Timers; Cutting Edge; Big Thinkers; Art & Music; and Evening Entertainment.

With four fantastic guest curators including presenters Olly Mann and Maddie Moate, cyber security expert Jessica Barker and ethical hacker FC, expect a packed programme of events for all ages.

SoGlos has handpicked some unmissable highlights, while for more information and to book tickets, visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/science directly.


Current Affairs

Cheltenham Science Festival 2018

There’s a whole host of fascinating Current Affairs events during this year’s festival, including How Science Got Men and Women Wrong on Tuesday 5 June, questioning the gender wars in biology, psychology and anthropology.

On Wednesday 6 June How Do We Solve The Plastic Problem? examines possible solutions and what needs to change; and Should We All Become Vegan? deliberates over the possible positive lifestyle.

Other highlights include Can Democracy Survive Social Media? on Friday 8 June; The Science of Donald Trump on Friday 8 June; and How Do We Stop Social Media Trolls? on Sunday 10 June.


Cutting Edge

Cheltenham Science Festival 2018

On Thursday 7 June, Deep Brain Surgery explores new technologies that replace surgeons with remote control nano-scalpels; while Building A Virtual Human on Saturday 9 June examines science that could allow doctors to have a digital version of their patients in the future.

Other incredible Cutting Edge events include Mapping The Human Journey on Friday 8 June; How To Find Dark Matter on Saturday 9 June; Checkmate: How AI Conquered Games And Why It Matters on Saturday 9 June; and Beyond Light: The Future Of Astronomy on Sunday 10 June.


Big Thinkers

Cheltenham Science Festival 2018

Certain to offer thought-provoking entertainment, Secrets Of The Teenage Brain on Tuesday 5 June explores the changes that affect behaviour; The Dark Side of Genetics on Saturday 9 June discusses how genes have shaped us; and Gravitational Waves, also on Saturday 9 June, explores the recent detection that’s being used to explore the universe like never before.

With other events spanning A Life Scientific on Friday 8 June; and The Future Of AI And Science on Saturday 9 June, there’s plenty to engage audiences in Cheltenham.


Evening Entertainment

Cheltenham Science Festival 2018

If you’re searching for some great entertainment during Cheltenham Science Festival, there’s plenty that’s sure to suffice, including the festival’s very own Variety Night on Saturday 9 June promising laughter, songs and silliness.

A definite highlight is set to be The Science Of Marvel on Thursday 7 June; a scientific advisor for a host of movies, Clifford V. Johnson will discuss what happens when the worlds of science and comic books collide.

There will also be An Impractical Guide To Leaving The Planet on Friday 8 June; and Robert Ince: Chaos Of Delight on Sunday 10 June, when the festival favourite returns with a brand new show about art and science.


Best For First-Timers

Cheltenham Science Festival 2018

For those who’ve never attended Cheltenham Science Festival, there’s a host of great, accessible events, including Hunted: How Not To Get Caught, with the speakers including a cyber lead from the Channel 4 show and examining how to stay off the grid.

The Truth About Exercise on Friday 8 June looks at the most effective ways to get and stay fit; What Is Attraction on Saturday 9 June discusses whether science plays a part in finding the perfect match; and What Does The Internet Know About You? on Sunday 10 June examines how much information is unwittingly shares online…

Back by popular demand following last year’s festival, Jury Live: DNA In The Dock on Saturday 9 June sees audiences act as the jury in a murder trial; while Garden Wildlife Question Time on Wednesday 6 June offers advice on how to make a haven for wildlife.


Art & Music

Cheltenham Science Festival 2018

The Art and Music section of the programme is sure to delight festival goers, combining music with science.

On Tuesday 5 June, Cellular Dynamics blends music with spectacular scientific images of cells; and Computer Generated Music on Sunday 10 June explores the exciting field of music made through artificial intelligence and algorithms.

Frankenstein on Saturday 9 June promises a compelling look at the chilling story which warns about the dangers of science; and interesting art-themed talks include Can Science Explain Art? on Saturday 9 June; and What Makes A Masterpiece? on Sunday 10 June.


Family

Cheltenham Science Festival 2018

Saturday and Sunday welcomes families for a whole host of discovering fun in Cheltenham.

On Saturday 9 June highlights include The Science Of Sweets with tastings; a Colourful Chemistry workshop; How Does Your Body Work with television favourites Maddie Moate and Dr Ranj; and Probability Games too.

Meanwhile on Sunday 10 June, enjoy Pee and Poo: A Stinky History; join Maddie Moate for a Busy Bees workshop; and get the chance to work out some riddles and crack some codes during a Hacking and Cryptography workshop.


For the full line-up of events and to book tickets in advance, as well as information on festival venues, visit cheltenhamfestivals.com/science directly.

Event:
Cheltenham Science Festival 2018
Venue
Taking place at various locations around Cheltenham
Dates:
Tuesday 5 to Sunday 10 June 2018
Times:
Times vary per specific event, contact organisers for details
Admission:
Ticket prices vary per specific event, contact organisers for details
Telephone:
(01242) 850270

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