Events 2017

Institute of Physics – Poisons

Wednesday 5th April – Institute of Physics

Many compounds we now consider to be poisons were once found on pharmacy shelves. Before the 20th century people often got better in spite of their doctors rather than because of them. This talk examines the chemistry behind four former medicines, and their effects on the body – with some killer case studies.

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Edinburgh International Science Festival

Chemistry of the Human Body

8pm Tuesday 11th April 2017 – Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Summerhall

There are 92 naturally occurring elements in the Periodic Table but how many of them would you need to make a human? The chemical formula for a human has some surprising inclusions and the recipe to make a fully functioning person is carefully balanced. Join chemist and science communicator Dr Kathryn Harkup to look at some interesting facts about the elements that make us what we are.

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Light Drawing

11am and 2pm Wednesday 12th April 2017 – Learning Centre Level 4 Seminar Room, National Museum of Scotland

Returning after sell-out success at Science Festival 2016, this hands-on workshop for all artistic abilities brings the worlds of science and art together. Photography is one of the best examples of where science and art merge and this workshop with Dr Kathryn Harkup will teach you how to paint, sketch and doodle with light to create beautiful images, using long exposure photography and a bit of science along the way.

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An Evening of Unnecessary Detail

Tuesday 25th April 2017 – Backyard Comedy Club, Bethnal Green

An Evening of Unnecessary Detail is, in short, an event where we ask enthusiasts, scientists, miscellaneous experts* and comedians to talk about whatever they want. By attending this event, you revoke all rights to complain about the level of detail they choose to do so in.

An Evening of Unnecessary Detail is, in short, an event on the last Tuesday of every month at the Backyard Comedy Club, Bethnal Green. It is hosted by some or all of Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Matt Parker, Steve Mould and Helen Arney. Each of them have 10 letters in their names. Each show will be 10,800 seconds long. Each ticket can be bought via the links on this page.

*actual experts in miscellany

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Chipping Campden Literary Festival – A is for Arsenic & The Greedy Queen*

2pm Wednesday 10th May 2017 – Upper Room Town Hall

To include WI tea and cake

Just because it’s fiction doesn’t mean it’s all made up.
Kathryn Harkup celebrates the use of science in the fiction of Agatha Christie, holder of the Guinness World Record as most successful novelist of all time. Kathryn takes one of fourteen different Christie novels in each chapter and investigates the poison/s the murderer used. Why do certain chemicals kill? How do they interact with the body? What is the feasibility of obtaining, and detecting these poisons?
‘fascinating’ The Times
‘superbly captures the texture of Christie’s book’ Daily Mail
‘Has lethal charm’ The Washington Post
Kathryn Harkup after completing a doctorate on her favourite chemicals, phosphenes, for six years ran the outreach in engineering, computing, physics and maths at the University of Surrey, writing talks on science topics that would appeal to bored teenagers. Now a freelance communicator, she delivers talks and workshops on the quirky side of science.

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*…THE GREEDY QUEEN
‘all vulgarity is crime’ [and] ‘Those who have much are often greedy.’ Oscar Wilde
Annie Gray gives us a new perspective on Britain’s now second longest reigning monarch: from her greed to her selfishness at the table, and her indigestion. Relying on food as a lifelong companion, with her when so many others either died or were forced away by political factors, Victoria had a huge impact on the way we all eat today.
The Greedy Queen was runner up in the inaugural Jane Grigson Trust Award 2016.
Annie Gray, after graduating from the University of Oxford, did her MA at the University of York and started her PhD (completed in Liverpool) where she is a research associate. Her core research interests include food and dining in public history (esp. c.1600-1960). Annie is the resident food historian on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet,
presented Victorian Bakers on BBC2 in 2016, and is a regular contributor to BBC2’s James Martin: Home Comforts. As a food historian on TV she appears with Lucy Worsley, Nigel Slater, Paul Hollywood, Heston Blumenthal and Jay Rayner, among others. Behind the scenes she advises on food and the social history around it, including for the BBC4’s
award-winning Calf’s Head and Coffee.
This afternoon’s events are sponsored by The Campden BRI

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Wanstead Library – A is for Arsenic

Friday 9th June 2017

Details to be confirmed


Lancashire Science Festival

29th June to 1st July 2017

Poisons

Details to be confirmed

Vampires

Details to be confirmed


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