The Culture24/7: All things Science and Nature for March

By Culture24 Reporter | 01 March 2012
A photo of a man in a white labcoat tending to an enormous ball of yellow fire
Cambridge Science Festival makes March merry

What with festivals in Newcastle, Cambridge, Bangor and beyond, it's a fantastic month in Science and Nature. And then there's the small matter of National Science and Engineering Week...

Suzanne Treister: Hexen 2.0,
Science Museum, London, from March 7

Suzanne Treister takes a scientific approach to exploring the Orwellian impact of digital society and its ramifications for surveillance and national security.

Her works are awash with psychedelic visuals, and often detailed to infinitesimal levels which could blow/baffle your mind. See our Preview.

Newcastle Sciencefest, various venues, Newcastle, March 8-15

From Bjorn the Polar Bear at the Centre for Life and live lizards at the Great North Museum to a Nature Party at Newcastle Uni’s Moorbank Botanic Garden and the hedonism of Science in a Nightclub, Newcastle’s annual science shebang is as lively as ever.

Colour and cutting-edge innovations abound in a festival handily split into a series of well thought-out sections which should suit most inquisitors.

National Science and Engineering Week, various venues, UK, March 9-18

It’s not all deep cuts and reduced resources for scientists and researchers. Science and Engineering Week returns in good form, with plenty to discover even if you’re not heading somewhere.

Of the major events on the programme we’ve not mentioned elsewhere in our seven, the Leeds Science Festival at the University of Leeds, the Big Bang Fair at the NEC Birmingham, Oxfordshire Science Festival and Bangor Science Festival all look full of fun.

Cambridge Science Festival, various venues, Cambridge, March 12-25

As you might expect from a programme devised with the University of Cambridge, this festival has a more scholarly feel to its 200-strong events line-up, guest directed by cerebral comedian Robin Ince.

Chemistry zones, fruit fly entrails, extreme sports battles, museum tours, films and various intriguing talks are on the bill, although you’ll need to start booking quickly if the ones you like the look of haven’t already sold out. See our Preview.

Humanimals, Grant Museum of Zoology, London, until March 20

Human-animal interaction is and always has been about much more than barks, growls and the occasional promise of a walk.

To prove this, the quirky Grant Museum throws a three-week season of films, lectures and workshops, ranging from apocalyptic 1950s cinematography to insights into bygone female medical complaints.

Wave, Wellcome Collection, London, until March 23

People – or, more specifically, gesture – watching from German-born artist Sigune Hamann, whose films, pictures and documentaries all honour the noble art of salutation.

From a simple starting point, Hamann weaves through history to illustrate the different symbolic and subconscious uses of the wave. The most moving include children being evacuated from the Blitz and survivors of the 2011 Japanese tsunamis. See our Preview.

Aqua-Tek, Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham, reopens March 31

The onset of spring heralds the return of Aqua-Tek – Magna’s aquatic playground allowing kids to retrace the journey water takes once it’s flushed away.

Speedos, swimming costumes, a towel and a change of clothes are par for the course, but few will mind getting splashed if it means the sun is shining on South Yorkshire.
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