Connected : Divided - What Connects Us?

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Connected: Divided

To get the debate started on this year’s Festival theme, we’ve posed eight thought-provoking questions to our fabulously well-informed Advisory Group.

What connects us?

Chair of the Science Festival Vivienne Parry is first up and her answer to ‘What connects us?’ may surprise you. Is she having a laugh?

What do you think connects us?

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Cheltenham Science Festival 5 – 10 June 2018
This year we’re exploring how our world is connected and divided – from personal relationships, health and language to the law, global politics and the universe. We’ll examine significant anniversaries connecting us to the past and look forward to what’s in store for future connectivity.

Advisory Group
Cheltenham Science Festival is proud to have some of the country’s leading scientists and science communicators on its Advisory Group. The Advisory Group meets three times a year and works closely with the Festival’s programming team to keep the Science Festival at the forefront of scientific ideas and debate.

Chair of the Science Festival Vivienne Parry is a science writer and broadcaster. She’s been a columnist for The Times, written books, made films, hosted hundreds of programmes for BBC Radio 4 and presented Tomorrow’s World for BBCTV. She is also head of Engagement for Genomics England and on the board of UK Research & Innovation, which is responsible for science strategy in the UK. She’s been involved with the Cheltenham Science Festival since its foundation.

Look out for more questions to come, answered by our inspiring Guest Curators and Advisory Group:

  • Are things that divide us always bad?
  • If you could invent one thing, what would it be?
  • Is cyberwar the new cold war?
  • What’s the biggest challenge facing the world today?
  • What connects you to your pet?
  • How important is solitude and how damaging is loneliness?
  • Are emojis our new universal language?