Bristol Neuroscience Festival 2018
8 March 2018
Following the success of the 2016 event (STEM Event of the Year), the Bristol Neuroscience Festival returns from 22 - 24th March 2018, in the Wills Memorial Building.
This three-day festival is the culmination of both the Brain Awareness Week and British Science Week 2018 and will bring neuroscience research to life, through a series of interactive exhibitions and hands-on activities for primary and secondary school ages up and up.
The event offers a range of brain-themed activities including a brain art exhibition, which will showcase a collection of artwork submitted by local school children. The original works will be on display at the Royal West of England Academy from 6th to 25th March. Entry to the gallery is free.
Festival-goers will also enjoy a variety of interactive exhibitions as well as hands-on activities and research talks from academics. These are aimed at A-level students, but provide an insight into current research that undergraduates might also enjoy. Visitors to the main hall can observe the brains of a range of animals, compete in games using the power of their mind and measure whether their brain speed is faster than a professor (volunteers please). We also have a new human-human interface which allows visitors to take control of someone else's nervous system!
This year’s festival also features University of Bristol Professor, and Channel 4’s Secret Life of 5 Year Old’s expert, Professor Paul Howard-Jones. As a Neuroscience expert, Professor Howard-Jones will take the audience on a trip through the evolutionary pre-history of humans’ most important organ: the brain.
The School of Experimental Psychology plays an important role in the organisation of the festival and in the activities and research talks provided. The festival is supported by a number of our undergraduate and postgraduate students over the three days.
If anyone would like to get involved and help at the festival on Saturday 24th or professorial colleagues are willing to put up their brain speed for events on the day, they can email Robyn Wootton who is coordinating events for us.
All events are free but tickets are required for the research talks. For more information, please see the Bristol Neuroscience Festival web pages.