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Sidmouth Science Festival 2015

Date:
09 - 18 October 2015
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Event type:
Social Event, Lecture, Field Trip
Organised by:
Earth Science Week 2015, Sidmouth Science Festival
Venue:
Sidmouth, Various venues TBC
Event status:
EVENT CLOSED

Science related activities take place in Sidmouth regularly throughout the year. The Festival in October comprises a whole week - plus a bit - of special events geared towards the whole community, both in town and in the local schools. Most events are suitable for inquisitive minds of all ages, except where specifically stated.

This year’s festival is themed ‘Science in our lives’, and as ever will include a focus on geology. A selection of Earth science themed events is listed below, but many more talks, activities, walks and school visits are taking place throughout Sidmouth.

Events during Earth Science Week:

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Sunday 11 October

Interactive Science Trail by the Sea

Time & Venue: 11am, The Seafront, the Ham and the Kingswood & Devoran Hotel, Sidmouth Town Centre

Join EDDC Countryside Wardens, Sidmouth in Bloom, Sidmouth Arboretum, Sidmouth Lifeboat, Sidmouth Museum in the Arches and others on an interactive science trail along the sea shore. Investigate rock pools, find out what plants grow along the shore, have a taste of seaweed, and more. Bring along any rocks you would like identifying to The Arches, Sidmouth Museum.

Talks throughout the day in the Kingswood Room at the Kingswood and Devoran Hotel to include:

  • 11.00am - Managing the Jurassic Coast (Jurassic Coast Trust)
  • 12.00 noon - Impact of Climate Change on the North Atlantic Ocean (Prof Toby Sherwin)
  • 1.00pm - The Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan (Alan Frampton)
  • 2.00pm - Impact of Climate Change on Sidmouth (Prof Brian Golding)

Find out more at the Festival Website

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Flying Monsters Film Screening

Time & Venue: 6.30pm, Main Hall, Sidmouth Methodist Church
Cost: FREE - to reserve a place, please email sidmouthscience@gmail.com
Please arrive 20 mins early to allow for seating and reservations activity.

A National Geographic film - An Atlantic Films production screened (with their special permission) by Michael Edgecumbe in Omniscope 3D. 

David Attenborough sets out to uncover the truth about the enigmatic pterosaurs, whose wingspans of up to 40 feet were equal to that of a modern day jet plane.

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Wednesday 14 October

Special Festival Geology Walk around Sidmouth and the Jurassic Coast

Time & Venue: 2pm, Sidmouth Museum
Cost: FREE

A gentle stroll along the Esplanade with Dr Roger Trend looking at rocks. Learn about Sidmouth’s deep history. The walk will begin and end at Sidmouth Museum.

Find out more at the Festival Website

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Wednesday 14 October 

Landing on a Comet - How did they do it? - Prof Monica Grady CBE

Time & Venue: 7.30pm, Manor Pavilion Theatre & Arts Centre
Cost: Adults £2, Children FREE. Entry to include refreshments.
This talk is organised together with the Sid Vale Association.

In November 2014 the world watched with huge interest as Rosetta's Philae probe landed on a comet, and the European Space Agency became the first to land a spacecraft on a comet. As a member of the science support team for the Ptolemy instrument, Monica Grady was at mission control during the landing. In her talk she gives a personal perspective of the Rosetta mission and discusses some of the results that have come from it.

Find out more at the Festival Website

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Friday 16 October

Sidmouth Museum - Fossil Friday

Time & Venue: 10am, Sidmouth Museum
Cost: FREE & open to all ages.

There will be a display of fossils, both local and exotic and the Museum's residents fossil expert will be on hand to answer all your questions about them.  For more fossil news and to tweet your fossil finds, go to #FossilFriday on Twitter.

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Friday 16 October

Flying Monsters Film Screening

Time & Venue: 7.30pm, Main Hall, Sidmouth Methodist Church
Cost: FREE - to reserve a place, please email sidmouthscience@gmail.com
Please arrive 20 mins early to allow for seating and reservations activity.

A National Geographic film - An Atlantic Films production screened (with their special permission) by Michael Edgecumbe in Omniscope 3D. 

David Attenborough sets out to uncover the truth about the enigmatic pterosaurs, whose wingspans of up to 40 feet were equal to that of a modern day jet plane.

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Saturday 17 October
 

Geological Extravaganza

Time & Venue: 11am, St John Ambulance Hall
Cost: FREE

Visit GeoEd, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Geologists’ Association Dorset, Devonshire Association, Rockwatch, Sidmouth Museum and SVA Publications for all things Geoscience.

Hands-on activities displays, demos and short talks throughout the day - for full details visit the Festival Website

Talks timetable (in the side room):
  • 11.15 - 11.45 am - William Smith, 'Father of Geology' (Dr Dave Williams)
  • 11.55 - 12.20 pm - Groundwater & Aquifers around Sidmouth (Prof John Mather)
  • 12.30 - 12.55 pm - Mineralisation & Radioactive Nodules from Budleigh Salterton (Dr David Ifold)
  • 2.15 - 2.40 pm - How to find and clean an icthyosaur (Mr Richard Edmonds)
  • 2.45 - 3.10 pm - New Data on the Jurassic Coast (Mr Sam Scriven)
  • 3.15 - 3.40 pm - Jurassica - the New Concept (TBC)
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Sunday 18 October
 

Journey to the Centre of the Earth - David Whitehouse

Time & Venue: 1pm, Lecture Room, Norman Lockyer Observatory
Cost: Adults £ 6, children & full-time students £3, Family £15

Scientist, writer, and broadcaster David Whitehouse takes us on a remarkable voyage of scientific discovery into the heart of our world

Find out more at the Festival Website


 

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