British Science Week

Each March the British Science Association Aberdeen Branch brings you dozens of events to celebrate the UK's only national festival of science, British Science Week. The programme has events for people of all ages and interests including talks and activity days. The next British Science Week will take place in March 2017 from the 10 - 19. Click on the picture of the brochure for the full programme from 2016. 

You can also follow all the events and keep up to date via the British Science Association Aberdeen Facebook page.

A little bit about science week

Working in partnership with the University of Aberdeen and other partners our programme has events for people of all ages and interests. See all of our previous programmes.

Public Programme Highlights
11 - 20 March 2016

We are bringing you a packed week of talks, shows, exhibitions and activities for all ages. You can read the programme by clicking the image above or via the table below.

There is a full programme for schools too which can be viewed on the PDF of the brochure above.

Programme Guide

 Saturday 12Sunday 13 | Monday 14 | Tuesday 15 | Wednesday 16 | Thursday 17Friday 18 | Saturday 19

Saturday 12 March

Weird Science with SHMU FM

Time: 10am– 1pm


Tune in to SHMU radio on 99.8 FM for a Talking Science special radio show brought to you by the Youth Radio Project and the Talking Science radio show team from the University of Aberdeen. This jam packed show will try out experiments live on air and explore key science themes in genetics and physics along with interviews and discussion.


Listen online at

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Explore Science at RGU

Come along to two tours at RGU (1 hour long)


Find out about underwater robots and how remotely operated vehicles benefit the oil and gas industry.

New Materials and their various manufacturing to components. A display of plastics compounding to injection moulding to mini-objects. Bring a few bottle caps to shred and make into something new!


Time: 1:30PM – 3pm


Venue: Robert Gordon University, Riverside East Building, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ

For ROV : Mr Graeme Dunbar, T: 01224 262415, E:

For Materials: Dr James Njuguna, T: 01224 262304 or E:

EXPLORE Geographic Information Systems

Find your house. Look around your city. Explore your favourite places in the world; where you have been and where you would like to go. Then, using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) you can: Use the software to make maps and tell stories about you and about your adventures. GIS brings the world to you on your computer screen and you are in charge of how you want your maps to look. Explore GIS while you explore the world.


Organised by Toni Fisher, Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment Robert Gordon University.

Time: 10am - 3pm
Venue: Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment, Robert Gordon University, Sir Ian Wood Building, AB10 7QB
Free admission, drop in event

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Secret Wildlife of Aberdeenshire

Discover the secret wildlife of Aberdeenshire. See amazing images of wildlife fromHaddo and further afield, and learn how you too can use camera traps and other sneaky tricks to record your local wildlife. Event organised with north-east Scotland Biological Records Centre.


Time:11am – 3pm
Venue: Haddo House & Country Park, Ellon, AB41 7EQ
Free admission, drop in event. Contact Diana Spencer or call 01651 851041  

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Caesarean section through the ages: a north-east Scotland perspective

Caesarean section through the agesSpeaker: Dr Mairead Black, Clinical Lecturer, University of Aberdeen

This talk will explore how caesarean section has evolved from a rare life-saving procedure to one which fits with 21st-century expectations of birth. Patterns of births in north-east Scotland since 1950 will be discussed, with comparisons made to national and international centres.


Time:12pm – 1pm
Venue: Aberdeen Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen AB25 1GW
Free admission, no booking required


Climate Week Aberdeen

A range of activities are taking place fromthe 12th March leading up to Earth hour on 19th March 2016 including talks, arts projects, astronomy and rangers walks. For more information and to access the programme please visit


Sunday 13 March

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Calling all tiny scientists! Come for a splash and a splosh and a squelch and a squerch with Mandy Tulloch of Mud Pies to find out about the nature of the woods whilst we go on a bear hunt! Suitable for 2 to 5

year olds. Please wear wellies and waterproofs (yes adults too!)

Time: 10:30 - 12 noon

Venue: Hazlehead Park: small swing park on Groats Road
Cost: £7 per child. Book online at

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Monday 14 March

Cafe MED - Excellent research drives excellent care: Huntington's Disease

Come along to our relaxed CaféMED talk and discussion to hear from leading researchers.


  • Professor Zosia Miedzybrodzka (North of Scotland Huntington's disease service)
  • Dr Karen Keenan (Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen)
  • Ms Daniela Rae (Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen)

Aberdeen is an international leader in care and research for Huntington’s disease, an incurable brain diseasewhich passes fromparent to child. Join research figures and representatives fromthe Scottish Huntington’s Association at this informal event for a discussion on the latest trials of new medicines and to find out howresearch in Aberdeen is working to improve the future for families around the world.

Join us for a free, informal discussion where everyone is welcome. Organised by the University of Aberdeen.

Time: 6pm - 8pm
Venue: Suttie Building, Foresterhill Health Campus
Free. Just turn up

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Tuesday 15 March

GATTACA: a glimpse into our genetic future? Film screening and discussion

The 1997 film GATTACA  explores a world where everyone’s complete genetic information is routinely available. Most births are of people selected with desirable traits while those who are born by chance are discriminated against. With our scientific advances in recent

times, could this fiction soon become reality? Join Dr Jonathan Pettitt (University of Aberdeen), who will discuss the scientific concepts explored by the filmand place themin the context of our current understanding of genetics then sit back, relax and enjoy the movie.

Time: 6 pm– 8.45pm
Venue: Belmont Filmhouse, Belmont Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1JS
Free admission, tickets available from the Belmont Filmhouse  


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The Untold Story of Aberdeen's Women in Science

Join us for a fascinating evening as we share stories of some of Aberdeen’s first women scientists with ScienceGrrl Dr Sarah Hughes, hear first-hand accounts of inspirational moments, struggles and triumphs from a biologist and an engineer, and be inspired by Jeanette Forbes CEO of the PCLGroup, Inspirational Women of the Year (BusinessWomen Scotland), as she discusses her career journey and the importance of women in science. Although this event aims to encourage more women into science, it promises to be an inspirational event for all! All welcome.

Time: 6 pm– 7.30pm
Venue: Waterstones Union Bridge, Aberdeen, AB11 6BG
Free admission, no booking required


Busting the Myth

Join the Aberdeen ScienceGrrl’s after the Untold Stories Event to continue the celebration of women in science. Come along and listen to some super-smartwomen busting some science myths and test your knowledge of popular science with our pub quiz.

Time: 8.30 pm– 10.30pm
Venue: Cafe Drummonds, Aberdeen, Belmont Street
Free admission, no booking required


Wednesday 16 March 

Bring Your Own Brain VI: Be a good sport

With the Summer Olympics on the horizon, four short neuroscience presentations led by Guy Bewick, Simon Parson, Constanze Hesse and Gernot Riedel from the University of Aberdeen will investigate how important brains can be in an athlete’s preparation, from how the brain keeps them coordinated and is affected by theirmotion to how success can change our perception of theworld and the diseases can rob us of the ability to move.

Time: 6pm - 7.30pm

Venue: Suttie Centre Lecture Theatre, Foresterhill Health Campus, AB25 5ZD

Free admission, no booking required.


TechMeetUp: What does living digitally mean when we die?

Speaker: Dr Wendy Moncur, Reader in Socio-digital interaction, University of Dundee

We are increasingly living out aspects of our lives digitally. But what happens when we die? This talk will explore what a ‘digital life’ really means, why it’s so difficult to completely terminate your digital presence when you die and, how you can be an active, even vocal, digital entity in the after-life.

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: Meet in the north end of the Meston Building, Old Aberdeen, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3UE

Free admission, no booking required.

Cafe Scientifique Aberdeen City: How do we find oil?

Speaker: Professor John Howell, Geology and Petroleum Geology, University of Aberdeen

For 40 years the oil industry has shaped the economy of Aberdeen and the UK, but what do all those people do? How do we find and produce this precious resource and what lies in store for the industry as we transition to a low carbon future?

Join us for a free, informal discussion where everyone is welcome.

Time: 7pm
Venue: Waterstone's, Union Bridge Store
Free. Just turn up 
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Tarland Talks: Sparks in Tarland


Dr. Ken Skeldon, Head of Public Engagement with Research at the University of Aberdeen will be demonstrating rarely seen experiments from the world of electricity. The lecture will include the exhibition of Scotland’s largest high-voltage musical Tesla Coil. An unforgettable experience – not to be missed. (Age 7+)



A new series of café scientifique style talks at the MacRobert Hall in Tarland.

Start time: 7.30pm 
Adults £4, under 18s and family events free.



Thursday 17 March 

Healthy Eating for a Healthy Heart

Dr Frank Thies from the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health at the University of Aberdeen will give a talk about the influence of diets on cardiovascular risk. There will be opporunity before and after the talk to explore what Aberdeen City Libraries has on offer to support health and wellbeing including the new health reading collections.

Time: 6pm – 7pm
Venue: Aberdeen Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct, AB25 1GW

Contact01224 652513 | E:

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Speed Science

Like speed dating, without the dating. Join the brightest lights in Scotttish biology for a fast-paced 'speed science' session where you, the audience, get to vote on the best of the bunch. Hosted by the East of Scotland BioScience Doctoral Training Partnership.

Time: 6pm

Venue: Holburn Bar, 225 Holburn Street, Aberdeen, AB10 6BL

Free, booking required online at (18+)

Aberdeen Skeptics in the Pub and the QI Elf

Age 18+

Speaker: Stevyn Colgan

Stevyn Colgan has been involved with aliens for three decades. In this entertaining talk, you'll hear about feuding gangs of scientists, film directors with less imagination than children, and the perils of concrete poo. Stevyn is an author, artist, songwriter, speaker and one of the 'Elves' that research and write the popular BBC TV series 'QI' and co-writes its sister show, 'The Mueseum of Curiousity', for BBC Radio 4.


Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Holburn Bar, 225 Holburn Street, Aberdeen, AB10 6BL
£5/£3 Booking required at
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Friday 18 March

Museum Lates: Ice and Fire

Join us for an adult only special science themed evening with music, face painting, animal handling and a rare opportunity to explore the museum at night. There will be a cash bar available.

Time: Doors 6pm event starts 7pm - 9.30pm
Venue: University of Aberdeen Zoology Museum, Tillydrone Avenue, AB24 2TZ
£6/£4 booking required at . Age 18+

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Saturday 19 March

Discovery Day  

The British Science Association Branch in Aberdeen welcomes you to their annual Discovery Day. Come along tomeetmany of the organisations involved in ScienceWeek including the University of Aberdeen and Sciencegrrls. On the day you can find outmore about Scotland’s Super Sharks, investigate science super powers, get nautical and much more! A day of fun activities, workshops and shows for all the family.

Time: 10am - 4pm
: Aberdeen Science Centre, formerly Satrosphere, The Tramsheds, 179 Constitution Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5TU
Admission £1, no need to book

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How high can you fly! Make and decorate your own mini-rockets then use some amazing easy chemistry to make them shoot into the air. Recommended for children 6yrs+.

Time: 11am - 2pm
Venue: Haddo House and Country Park, Ellon, AB41 7EQ
Admission £2 per child, no need to book

Contact:  Diana Spencer, or call 01651 851041



Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a global movement raising awareness of climate change and environmental protection. Individuals and organisations can support Earth Hour by switching off their lights between 8.30-9.30pm. To sign up and find out more please visit

For more information on Aberdeen events and switch offs for Earth Hour the programme is available at


 Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March

Code the City 6: The History Jam

Join us for an interactiv eweekend of idea generation, open data and coding.We will be exploring howwe can create and use open data to better understand the past around us.

Venue: Meston Building, Old Aberdeen, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3UE
Free admission, booking required Website

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