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Monday, 10 March 2014

National Science and Engineering Week 2014

Celebrates National Science & Engineering Week with an array of events for all ages to amaze, engage and inspire people with science. Come and join in the fun!


The National Science & Engineering Week is organised nationwide by the British Science Association.

Bohunt School S.T.E.M. Festival
Saturday 15 March 2013, 10:30am – 4:00pm
Bohunt School in Liphook, Hampshire GU30 7NY

Meet our engineering students who will be at this  fantastic, interactive day featuring shows, workshops and hands-on displays for Primary pupils, Secondary students, parents and the local community is coming true thanks to all of the wonderful companies that are joining us on the day - it is going to be a really amazing event!

A free event for the whole community, just turn up on the day
 

Seeing inside the Body with Ultrasound
Tuesday 18 March 2014, 5.15pm to 7.30pm
James Watson (West), University of Portsmouth, 2 King Richard 1 Road, Portsmouth PO1 2FR

The School of Health Sciences and Social Work at the University of Portsmouth would like to invite you to an exciting session exploring the use of ultrasound to see inside the human body. In addition there will be a short tour of the facilities that are on offer within our Centre for Simulation in Health Care and careers available in this field.

This free event is open to all ages. Please register yourself into one of the timed slots available from https://ultrasoundportsmouth.eventbrite.co.uk
or by contacting events@port.ac.uk or 023 9284 3757



Exploring Dogs’ Minds
Wednesday 19 March 2014, 6.00-7.00 pm, followed by a drinks reception
University of Portsmouth, Richmond Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3DE

Selection pressures during domestication not only shape animals’ morphology but also animals’ behaviour and cognitive skills. A highly interesting case is the domestic dog. Being the first animal species domesticated, dogs live in close contact with humans for quite a long time. One interesting question is to which extent, if at all, dogs have especially adapted to their new niche, namely the human environment. The so-called domestication hypothesis claims that dogs have especially adapted to the human environment and evolved skills in some cognitive domains, which are functionally equivalent to those of humans.

This free event is open to all ages. Please register yourself for a place from https://dogsmind.eventbrite.co.uk  or by contacting events@port.ac.uk or 023 9284 3757


Women in Construction
Thursday 20 March 2014, 6pm
University of Portsmouth, Richmond Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3DE

A networking event for budding female architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, project managers or those already working in the construction industry keen to inspire the next generation with guest speakers Clare Wildfire, Technical Director at Mott MacDonald, and Lorraine Farrelly, Professor of Architecture and Design at the University. The event is the first of its kind on the South coast and is open to students, alumni, staff and industry professionals. It’s not just for women; it is for anyone who would like to network with likeminded people and attend an event that encourages more women to join, stay and progress within the industry.

This free event is open to all ages. Please register yourself for a place from

http://wibse.eventbrite.co.uk or by contacting events@port.ac.uk or 023 9284 3757

  
Crime and forensics open day
Saturday 22nd March, 10 am to 4 pm
University of Portsmouth, Dennis Sciama Building, Burnaby Rd, Portsmouth PO1 3FX

Wander through a 'real' murder scene, look for evidence and talk to scene of crime officers to find out how crime scene investigators work with forensic biologists to piece together clues. View stands and exhibits on DNA and how insects can help solve crimes.  There will be a Cluedo Treasure Hunt for children throughout the day. Find out more about eyewitness testimony and wildlife crime. Don’t miss the mock court room sessions.

This free event is open to all ages. So bring along the entire family!


Café Scientifique – From sketch to fabrication: Challenges in Computational Design 
Tuesday 25 March 2014, 8.00-10.00 pm
Le Café Parisien, Portsmouth PO1 2AH

Designing a product requires expertise in conceptualising an idea, conveying the idea via sketching, lifting the sketch to a 3D model, and finally fabricating the model. No wonder the process is difficult and remains restricted to a handful of experts. In this talk I will give some examples of computational tools that we have developed to make designing accessible for the masses. Join Associate Professor from University College London, Niloy Mitra, for this fascinating discussion.

Suitable for all ages, free event, no booking required.



From Here to Eternity
Wednesday 26 March 2014, 6.00-7.00pm, followed by a drinks reception
Richmond Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3DE

Astronomers peer back into the past with the world's largest telescopes. They see billions of galaxies, and they find indications of evolution and youth.  Before the first galaxies, there were the Dark Ages. And before then, the Big Bang. But there is much of the universe that astronomers cannot probe.  He will describe the universe that we see, and speculate about the universe we cannot see. He will describe the past, with some confidence, and will speculate about the future, as perceived by cosmologists, under the assumption that humanity survives to reap the potentially infinite rewards of what to all intents and purposes is an infinite, or at least an inconceivably large universe. 

This free event is open to all ages. Please register yourself for a place from https://joesilk.eventbrite.co.uk or by contacting events@port.ac.uk or 023 9284 3757



Survivor!
Thursday 27 March 2014, 6.00-7.00pm, followed by a drinks reception
Park Building, Room 1.23, King Henry I Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ

In 1999, Anna Bågenholm, who was 29 at the time, was skiing with her friends Marie Falkenberg and Torvind Næsheim when an accident left her trapped under a layer of ice for 80 minutes in freezing water. Her deep body temperature decreased by 24°C to a record low of 13.7 °C. Bågenholm suffered circulatory arrest after 40 minutes in the water. She was “dead” for 3 hours. This is the remarkable story of one of the world’s greatest survivors. This event is organised by the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Portsmouth.

This free event is open to all ages. Please register yourself for a place from https://annabagenholm.eventbrite.co.uk or by contacting events@port.ac.uk or 023 9284 3757



Take part, collaborate!  The University of Portsmouth is interested in collaborating with local groups in organising events in the community. If you would like to be involved in next year’s National Science and Engineering Week’s events, please contact Maricar Jagger on 023 9284 3757 or email events@port.ac.uk