The place to grab a cuppa and continue those thought-provoking discussions, take part in workshops or enjoy free pop-up performances and brain teasers.
Looking for free events and workshops in between talks at the Festival? Look no further…
A Very Short Introduction To… Matter
Tuesday 4 June, 1pm – 2pm
Physicist Geoff Cottrell explores all things matter, from its familiar forms as solids, liquids and gases to plasmas and even antimatter. Tracing the origins of matter in the Big Bang, he looks at atoms, energy and mass, and explores the mysterious forms of dark matter and dark energy.
A Very Short Introduction to… Black Holes
Wednesday 5 June, 1pm – 2pm
The mysterious nature of black holes and their ability to steal material as they grow have puzzled and fascinated scientists for decades. Katherine Blundell uncovers what black holes actually are, how they are characterized and discovered, and what would happen to you if you ever came too close to one.
A Very Short Introduction to… Infinity
Thursday 6 June, 1pm – 2pm
Infinity is not a number. It’s the concept of something that is unlimited, endless, without bound. Having challenged the greatest scientists, mathematicians and philosophers over the ages, Ian Stewart debates the meaning of the mind-bending idea and uses real life examples to show its importance in our lives.
Bad Bugs Book Club: I Am Legend
Thursday 6 June, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth… but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for blood. How long can one man survive like this? And will he find the source of the infection? Join the Bad Bugs Book Club to unpick the scientific validity of Richard Matheson’s epic film and novel.
A Very Short Introduction to… Dyslexia
Friday 7 June, 1pm – 2pm
What is Dyslexia? Known as a reading disorder, this learning disability affects 1 in 10 people in the UK. Outlining strategies and interventions which strive to help people with dyslexia today, Margaret Snowling introduces groundbreaking research that attempts to uncover potential causes and helps understand its effects.
Gamechanger: Learn Chess From AI
Saturday 8 June, 10.30am – 11.30am & 12.30pm – 1.30pm
British AI firm DeepMind shocked the world when it revealed AlphaZero, a system that taught itself to become the strongest chess player in history. Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan (Game Changer), show how AlphaZero’s unusual approach could improve your own chess game and consider how AI might be applied in the real world.
Go: The Ancient Game
Saturday 8 June, 3pm – 4pm
Go is played primarily through intuition and feel, and due to its beauty, subtlety and intellectual depth, it has captured the human imagination for centuries. Whilst the rules are few, Go is a game of profound complexity. Join us for a game and pick up hints and tips from former England women’s Go team player Natasha Regan and chess Grandmaster Matthew Sadler.
This event is suitable for beginners.
Mental Health Mates: Walk & Talk
Sunday 9 June, 10am – 11am
Meet Mental Health Mates for a relaxed and friendly gathering to chat about your experience with mental illness without fear of judgement. You do not have to be diagnosed with a mental health issue to join the walk – everyone is welcome.
Sunday 9 June, 3pm – 5pm
Drop in and join the Institute of Physics and the Manchester Game Studies Network at this fully interactive workshop. You’ll take part in a racing car board game, whilst diving into Newton’s laws of motion.