9th Feb 2019 in Arts

Your at-a-glance guide to all the NI Science Festival events in the Cathedral Quarter Belfast.

The fifth annual Northern Ireland Science Festival returns next week and we’re delighted to see nearly thirty events happening within the Cathedral Quarter! The eclectic programme includes a heart dissection, a rap guide to consciousness and a chance to build a rocket booster backpack!

Belfast Exposed

Controlling your ISO noise – Saturday 23 February, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Get a full understanding of how noise through ISO can be controlled in your images through Quantum Efficiency.


The Black Box

Digital Love – A Faculty Lecture – Sunday 17 February, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
What is Emotional Artificial Intelligence and how far are we from empathic and feeling machines?

Accidental Genius – Tuesday 19 February, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The science, clumsiness and luck of discovery.

Pitch 200 – Wednesday 20 February, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Civil engineers will compete to give the best demonstration of what they do in just 200 seconds (or less).

Why do guitars taste of hops? – Friday 22 February, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
This talk is a mixture of fandom, humour, and genuine neuro-scientific research.

Gut health Goes Global – Sunday 24 February, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join The Culutured Club and Professor John Leech to find out what microbes are created in the process of fermentation.

Fright Night! The Science of Horror Movies – Sunday 17 February, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Why do we like being scared and what makes a great horror film?

Mensa Magnificent Monday Quiz – Monday 18 February, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Drop in to The Black Box for a light-hearted team quiz devised by Mensa.

Nico and Martin present SPACE – Saturday 16 February 11.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00 – 2.00pm
Nico & Martin invite you to take part in an imaginative musical voyage into space.

What’s The Frequency, Guiseppe? – Sunday 17 February, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Musicians Colin Reid and Alan Shields explore the 432 terrain to discover what the correct pitch for concert A should be.

Neuromusicology – Sunday 17 February, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm SOLD OUT
Join Neuroscientist Dr Niamh Kennedy and professional Harpist Ursula Burns as they explore the neuroscience of music and how the brain controls movement.

Dino DNA – Monday 18 February, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Design your very own ‘Dinoland’ from scratch by creating your vision in 3-D using coloured clay.

Neo Neo #7 – Saturday 23 February, 8.30pm – late
NEO NEO showcases high quality contemporary music and visual art. This event features MADMOIZEL, This Is The Bridge, Jared Longlands, Michael Hanna and TONN DJs.

Build a Booster Backpack – Tuesday 19 February – Wednesday 19 December, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Design and make a simple recycled rocket booster backpack to shoot you to the stars.

Anatomy Nights Heart Dissection – Thursday 14 February, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm SOLD OUT
Join Clinical Anatomist, Dr Kat Sanders and science communicator, Emer Maguire as they take you on a tour of this remarkable organ.



Physics of Gin – Friday 15 February, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm SOLD OUT
Join physicist Dr Anne Pawsey from Edinburgh University for a hands-on exploration of the physics of gin.



Smart materials – Monday 18 February, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Living in self-regulating houses, riding self-fixing bicycles or even driving on self-illuminating roads could all be possible in the near future due to smart materials.

Living Architecture – Wednesday 20 February, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Rachel Armstrong believes we should move towards “Living Architecture”, i.e. the construction of spaces that possess properties of living things.

The Science of Human Milk – Saturday 16 February, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Discover the fascinating and wondrous properties of human milk.

Why NI doesn’t breastfeed – Saturday 16 February, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Professor Amy Brown will join the Breastival team to explore why NI has such low breastfeeding rates

Maddie’s Fantastic Factory Tour – Sunday 24 February, 12.00noon & 3.00pm
Maddie explores factories on TV and YouTube but now she’s inviting you to join her tour and marvel at the machines inside.

A rap guide to consciousness – Tuesday 19 February, 7:45 pm – 9:15 pm
Self-proclaimed “peer-reviewed, science rapper” Baba Brinkman explores the scientific study of consciousness.


The Sunflower

How The Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are – Wednesday 20 February, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm SOLD OUT
What makes you the way you are and what makes each of us different from everyone else?

Diagnose me please, treat my disease – Sunday 24 February, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Join Claire Hill, a PhD student at Oxford University, as she brings together leading scientists to discuss their cutting-edge research in the field of biological science.


University of Ulster Belfast

Ask Us Anything – Saturday 23 February, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Bring your questions to an expert team of Ulster University’s finest.

Art X Science showcase – Friday 22 February, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Ulster University artists and scientists will work closely with children and young people to develop artistic responses to scientific findings.

The Food The Bad and The Ugly – Thursday 21 February – Friday 21 December, 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Professor Burns, Dr Michael Walker and Dr Diarmaid Hanna present a varied talk unveiling the dirty truth of science.


Check out the full programme of events on the NI Science festival website.

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