The British Science Festival at Brighton

The University of Brighton and the University of Sussex is co-hosting the British Science Festival this year. The event, which is the longest, established science Festival in Europe takes place from 5th-9th September and features an array of interesting events in an exciting daytime and evening programme.

For full programme details  and to book tickets, visit the Festival website. The events take place on our Falmer campus, at the University of Sussex and at venues in the city centre.

There are a wide variety of events taking place over the five days, if you are interested in psychology and the social sciences, the following may be of particular interest, our own academics are highlighted in blue.


Tuesday 5th September:  

Huxley debate: is human enhancement a human right. Panel discussion.

20,000 years pre-brexit: human evolution in Europe. Panel discussion.

Psychology 101: for parents. Alison Pike.

Detecting deception. Thomas Ormerod and Coral Dando.

Why Equal Rights Legislation cannot be used to measure LGBTQ livevability. Kath Browne.

Women in science: changing culture, improving diversity. Hilary Lappin-Scott.

Being young in the age of perfection. Panel discussion.

Understanding the voices in your head. Panel discussion.

DIY Biology.  Dr Mark Erickson is on the panel.

Wednesday 6th September:

The ethics of human gene editing, Jackie Leach Scully.

The emergency mental health care crisis. Professor Gillian Bendalow.

Ageing with HIV in the era of survival.

When beliefs become facts. Film showing / panel discussion.

The contagion of behaviour. John Drury.

Food Allergies: fact or fiction?  Tara Dean, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise).

Presidential Address: Equal rights Legislation cannot be used to measure LGBTQ liveability. Professor Gillian Bendalow.

Thursday 7th September:

The ethics of human gene editing. Jackie Leach Scully.

A future divided? Harriet Over.

Improving the quality of life for people with dementia. Panel discussion.

How does caring for one another affect economic decisions? Scientific Section Presidential Address.

Presidential Address: navigating trust in an uncertain world. Professor Uta Frith.

Friday 8th September:

Citizen Aid as the New Development. Anne-Meike Fechter.

Crowd psychology – don’t panic! Panel discussion.

Psycho: shaping mental health narratives. Uta Frith, Tim Snelson and Adam Rutherford.

Why did I donate genome to the public? Colin Smith.

The 4th education revolution. Sir Anthony Seldon.

Radicals. Jamie Bartlett.

Saturday 9th September:

What is consciousness, Anill Selth.








Source: What’s On | British Science Festival

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