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Science talks tackle big issues facing society today

(16 September 2019)

From how the universe began to the scariest threats to life as we know it: our scientists are tackling the big questions and challenges facing the world today. And they’re passionate about sharing their discoveries with others.

If you’d like to hear more, we’d love you to join us for Saturday Morning Science.

What is Saturday Morning Science?

A series of public talks, each by one or more of our brilliant scientists, exploring their specialist field.

They’re aimed at young people and adults alike.

They’re open to everyone and free to attend.

What topics will be covered?

We’ve run ‘Saturday Morning’ sessions each year since 2015. Last year, the 22 talks attracted 2,000 visitors.

This year, we’re exploring some of the biggest issues facing society today: climate change, super bugs, earthquakes and more.

We’ll also consider the origins of the Universe, how to control malaria, randomness and the origins of empathy.

The details…

There will be 27 talks between September 2019 and May 2020.

All talks will be held at our Calman Learning Centre, off Stockton Road, Durham City.

Each will begin at 10.30am and last 45 minutes, followed by 15 minutes for questions, and then refreshments.

After some sessions there will be extra activities such as laboratory tours.

Booking is not required.

The series begins on Saturday 28 September when Professor Carlos Frenk will explore how supercomputers can be used to answer the biggest questions in physics by recreating the development of the Universe.

We hope to see you there!