DISCOVER @ KING'S – Three Day Science Festival

Our second Science Festival took place on 18–20 October 2016.

The 2016 festival involved three open public evening lectures, a senior school science symposium where we were joined by Prof Alan Winfield, Helmut Hauser, Dr Hayley Wyatt and others, a visit to space with Simon Ould, the exploration of electricity with the BBC's One Show resident scientist Dr Marty Jopson and primary school lab workshops.

We were delighted to be joined by three scientists who delivered a lecture on their areas of specialism.

On Tuesday evening we welcomed physicist and oceanographer Dr Helen Czerski. Helen discussed how our oceans are remote, inaccessible without ships or scuba gear, but are gigantic and dynamic reservoirs flowing around our planet, and having a huge effect on our everyday life. Helen considered how our weather and climate depend on it, and how it has influenced and shaped our civilisation. Looking at how this engine works, how we study it, Helen also considered what the future holds for the blue of our planet.

On Wednesday evening we were joined by cardiologist Prof John Somauroo OA. He explored 'Cardiology at the Cutting Edge of Science', explaining the use of miniature recording devices and data-crunching 3D scanners amongst other cutting edge techniques used to treat and monitor heart conditions.

On Thursday evening neuroscientist Prof Anil Seth discussed 'The Nature of Consciousness'. Anil seeks to understand the biological basis of consciousness by bringing together research across neuroscience, mathematics, computer science, psychology, philosophy and psychiatry.

Last year's evening lectures were delivered by experimental psychologist Prof Bruce Hood, Professor of BioPhotonics Pete Vukusic and forensics expert David Scaysbrook.

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