15:15 How We Do Science on YouTube
The team putting smart, animated, original factual content on YouTube everyday will explain why this platform is ideal for communicating science. Head Squeeze is a channel fronted by James May and his crack team of sci-geeks, maths-nerds and tech-heads. Come along to witness an exclusive James May virtual cameo appearance, and find out more about the future of factual programming.
16:30 Operation Iceberg: Below the Waterline
Dr Helen Czerski and Dr Richard Bates share their experiences of working in one of the most inhospitable environments in the world. They will delve deeper into the science discovered on the expedition and help us to look beyond the tip of the iceberg.
18:00 Backstage at The Life Scientific
In this popular Radio 4 series Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to the world’s leading scientists about their life, work, inspiration and motivation. Today we discover how these great science stories are brought to life, with behind-the-scenes insights from Jim and Editor Deborah Cohen. Join us as they discuss the programme and its distinguished guests – from Nobel laureates to the next generation of beautiful minds.
Fri 7 June:
15:45 Science in the News
BBC News reporters are on constant alert for the important British and global science stories. Join the BBC News science team to hear how they gathered the key information on the year’s biggest stories. The science team will include David Shukman or Pallab Ghosh.
17:15 Operation Iceberg: Balancing Risks
Extreme adventurer Andy Torbet and expedition doctor Chris van Tulleken join the members of the production team behind the award winning series Operation Iceberg to talk about filming the programmes. Find out what it was really like putting their courage to the test in the harshest of environments, while exploring the unknown world of icebergs and filming in the extreme cold. Discover how the team came together to overcome the odds on this ground-breaking expedition.
18:30 ‘Science and Drama: The Challenger’
Executive Producer Mark Hedgecoe talks about the challenges involved in telling the compelling story of how Richard Feynman helped to discover the cause of the Challenger disaster of 1986. How do you turn facts into drama?
19:45 Stargazing Live
Join Mark Thompson, Tim O’Brien and Chris Lintott – some of the country’s finest astronomical minds – to explore the majestic wonders of the skies above Britain. There will be hints and tips for getting started in stargazing and advice on navigating your way around the skies. With behind-the-scenes insights from Series Producer Alan Holland.
Sat 8 June:
10:00 Everest: Survival At The Extremes
The Secrets Of Everything presenter, Greg Foot, explores the science of high-altitude survival. In this demo-packed show Greg tells the story of a team of doctors & children on a scientific adventure to the Himalayas to uncover cutting-edge medical treatments that could save lives back home.
11:30 Operation Ouch!
Dr Chris van Tulleken takes us on a tour of science and the human body. Get hands-on in this fun-packed session and find out everything you’ve always wanted to know about your body, how it works and how it fixes itself.
13:00 The Secret Life of Rock Pools
Roll up your trousers with palaeontologist Professor Richard Fortey for an hour of rock pooling wonders, revealing how many popular rock pool species have survived for hundreds of millions of years and why they love to be beside the seaside…
14:30 A Trip Around Mars
Join Dr Kevin Fong as he tours the dramatic Martian landscapes which excite scientists and artists. Going beyond this topographic grandeur we will explore why Mars inspires the bigger questions: Are we alone in the cosmos? What is the longer term destiny of humanity? Was there more than one life genesis and will humans ever live on more than one planet?
16:00 So you want to be a presenter?
Head of BBC Science Andrew Cohen and head of science development Kate Bartlett talk about how presenters are chosen and developed. They will be joined by presenters Chris van Tulleken and Helen Czerski who will share their experiences in front of the camera.
17:30 Materials: How They Work
Professor Mark Miodownik breaks, squishes, clangs and bangs the stuff of everyday life to bring you the extraordinary story of materials and how they changed the world.
19:00 Science Heroes Top Trumps
Helen Czerski hosts this lively session where Mark Miodownik, Andrea Sella, Kevin Fong and Lucie Green introduce their unsung scientific heroes. Who are the great minds that have inspired or intrigued them through their careers? Join the panel as they attempt to make their favourites a household name.
Sun 9 June:
10:15 Incredible Edibles
Food adventurer Stefan Gates presents the worlds wildest, cheekiest, most explosive food stunt show. A mind-blowing mix of science and extraordinary cooking, with video clips and lots of audience participation. If you’re lucky you’ll get to try his insects, jellyfish salad and bum sandwiches.
11:45 Insect Dissection – How Insects Work
Insects outnumber us by 200 million to one. They thrive in environments where humans wouldn’t last minutes. Entomologist Dr James Logan carries out a complete insect dissection revealing the secret of their success – their incredible alien anatomy. By stripping back the layers, we will uncover ingenious body systems and finely-tuned senses – a bug body plan that is the hidden blueprint behind insects’ ‘global domination’.
13:15 Rise of Continents – hands-on session for kids
Join geologist Professor Iain Stewart and Series Producer Zoe Heron in this family session about how our iconic continents were carved from the long-lost supercontinent Pangaea. Along with clips from their stunning new series, they invite you to get your hands on the rocks from around the world that tell the story of how the life and landscapes of our diverse continents were forged.
14:45 Planet Ant – Life Inside the Colony
Dr George McGavin and Professor Adam Hart take a fascinating look at the secret, underground world of the ant colony. Joined by programme Producer Graham Russell and a real living colony, they will reveal the never seen before workings of one of the most complex and mysterious societies in the natural world.
16:15 A World of Science Toys
Dr Helen Czerski reveals how everyday things can be used to demonstrate the scientific principles which keep our world running. Fancy demos aren’t needed to see science – it’s around us all the time.
17:45 ‘Prehistoric Autopsy’
Dr George McGavin and Dr Colin Shaw, a paleoanthropologist, take us on a journey into our evolutionary past, piecing together the bodies of our prehistoric family and giving us an insight into the Neanderthal world. See the actual models used in the television series which have been rebuilt in extraordinary detail based on fragmented remains of ancient bones and the latest scientific research.