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.


British Science Week is back in 2018 9 - 19 March. The full programme is available here.

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.

Public Programme Highlights
09 - 18 March 2017

We are bringing you a packed week of talks, shows, exhibitions and activities for all ages. You can browse all the public events below. Don't forget our schools programme which you can see in the PDF via the link above

Programme Guide

Saturday 10 | Sunday 11Monday 12Tuesday 13Wednesday 14Thursday 15Friday 16 | Saturday 17 | Sunday18Monday 19

Saturday 10 March

North Coast 500 Challenge Open Day - CANCELLED

Time: 11am -4pm

Free, no booking required, suitable for all the family

Venue: Rowett Institute, Foresterhill Campus, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZD


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Talking Science with the SHMU FM Youth Media Team

Time: 10am -1pm

VIA 99.8 FM and online

Tune in to SHMU radio on 99.8 FM for a special science themed show. Hear from the Youth Media Team as they discuss what science means to them and interview scientists from the University of Aberdeen.


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Sunday 11 March

Hands-on Science & Technology for everyone

Time: 11am - 3pm

FREE, Suitable for all the family, booking advised - contact k.starost@rgu.ac.uk

Venue: Robert Gordon University, Sir Ian Wood Building, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ

Become a real scientist for the day! Workshops in various aspects of Science, Engineering and Computing will take place! Come and have fun on campus, in our state of the art facilities.

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Monday 12 March

Cafe Med: The bottle and the baby's brain - Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder

Time: 6pm

FREE, No booking required

Venue: Suttie Centre, University of Aberdeen, Foresterhill, AB24 2ZD

Speakers: Professor Peter McCaœffery (Chair in Developmental Biology) and Dr Justin Williams (Senior Clinical Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
An informal talk bringing together leading researchers, clinicians and the public. Around 500 babies are born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) every year in Scotland. Women are advised to avoid all alcohol during pregnancy but do we know how much alcohol can harm the foetus? We will discuss many of the questions around this controversial topic

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Food and Social Media: Just #foodporn or a force for good?

Time: 7pm - 8pm

FREE, No booking required, suitable for those aged 15 and up

Venue: Belmont Filmhouse, Belmont Street, AB10 1JS

Speakers: Professor Pete Edwards, University of Aberdeen
Dr Susan Pryde, Food Standards Scotland

Whether it is the endless Instagram pictures of meals, celebrity food bloggers touting the latest fad diet, or Twitter users commenting on their latest take-away experience, it seems that food is all over social media. But is there more to this deluge of online material than people just impressing their followers? Researchers at the University of Aberdeen are working with Food Standards Scotland to investigate if social media data can help understand and inform aspects of food policy, and aid routine monitoring in areas such as food safety and fraud. Come along to hear speakers talk about their work and join a discussion about #fooddata.

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Tuesday 13 March

PechaKucha: Environment

Time: 6pm

FREE, no booking required

Venue: Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen, AB10 1JS

An evening of inspired thoughts captured in 6 minutes and 40 seconds. This science week special will feature several fast-paced presentations bringing together science, art, research and fresh ideas.  PechaKucha runs in over 500 cities across the world, gathering people together in a relaxed, simple and enjoyable format to share their work, meet and network.

Sci-screen: Apollo 13

A British Science Association Event

Time: 8.15pm

£6, booking required HERE. AGE 15+

Venue: Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen, AB10 1JS.

Join us for a very special 35mm screening of Apollo 13 for British Science Week. Before the fi lm hear from physicist Dr Ross Macpherson (University of Aberdeen), who will discuss the physical challenges of spaceflight.

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Wednesday 14 March 

Clock-work in health and disease: How genes time our physiology and behaviour

Time: 5.45pm - 6.30pm

Venue: Aberdeen Central Library, AB25 1GW

Free, booking essential online or 01224 652500

Join Dr Tyler Stevenson from the School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen for a talk exploring biological rhythms. Tyler will discuss how the timing of our behaviour is caused by a combination of genetic signals and environmental information. He will cover topics such as the genetic structure of daily and seasonal rhythms and how disruptions caused by modern lifestyles impact our health.

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Cafe Scientifique: Explosive social contagion and immunisation

Time: 7pm

FREE, no booking required

Venue: Waterstones, Union Bridge, AB11 6BG

Speaker: Dr Paco Perez-Reche, Physics, University of Aberdeen
Some ideas, products or behaviours experience explosions of popularity. Paradoxically, this is often observed for products that are not appealing at first sight. Join us to find out how maths can explain the paradox and see how similar ideas could be used to save more lives by vaccinating fewer people.

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Thursday 15 March 

What is an FFC-MRI scanner and how can it benefit patients?

Time: 6pm

FREE, no booking required

Venue: Suttie Centre, Foresterhill Lecture Theatre, AB25 2ZD

In 1980 the very first scan of a patient by MRI was carried out at the University of Aberdeen. Now a new generation of scanners has been designed and built there. Called “Fast Field-Cycling MRI”, the devices switch rapidly between strong and weak magnetic fields, generating extra diagnostic information for the doctors who read the scans. Hear from the team behind this new technology.
They will explain how the FFC-MRI scanners work, and how clinical trials using a prototype scanner are already helping medical staœff to see more about their patients’ condition.

This event is led by the members of a European consortium called “IDentIFY” Improving Diagnosis by Fast Field-Cycling MRI.

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RGU'S Motorsports Seminar

Time: 6.30pm

FREE, booking advised. Email: K.starost2@rgu.ac.uk

Venue: Sir Ian Wood Building, Garthdee Road, AB10 7GJ

The art of the racing cars is an inspiration of engineering at high performance level often to its limit. The engineers exploit science and technology to maximise car performance.

The RGU’s Motorsports Seminar will present engineering talks including individual and group engineering design projects. Invited speakers will explore the history of motorsports, various cars design features and lightweight designs using composite materials.

Friday 16 March

A Pint of Science and Fashion

Time: 6.30pm - 7.30pm

FREE, no booking required. AGE 18+

Venue: Spin Bar and Diner, 10 Little John Street

Join us for an evening showcasing how science and fashion have come together to create incredible designs inspired by from beautiful insects. There will be an opportunity to view the designs and hear from Dr John Baird from University of Aberdeen whose work inspired the designs and the students from Gray’s School of Art who created the garments.

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Feed Your Imagination

Time: 6.30pm

£25 per person, booking required via phone 01330 826530. AGE 18+

Venue: Buchannan's Bistro, Woodend Barn, Burn O'Bennie, Banchory, AB31 5QA

An innovative dining experience where you choose a menu board and create your own meal with nutritional guidance from Professor Alexandra Johnstone, from the Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen. You will combine seasonal, local, healthy and nutritious ingredients to create your own meal to ‘Feed your Gut’ or ‘Feed your Brain’ to cook whilst learning about current diet and health research. The event includes a two course meal with a botanical drink.

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Saturday 17 March

Open-Lab: MRI Scanners Past and Future

Time: 10am - 12pm

Free, no booking required

Venue: Suttie Centre, Foresterhill Campus, AB25 2ZD

The world’s first MRI scan of a patient was done in 1980, using Aberdeen University’s “Mark-I” scanner. Now a team of scientists at the University’s Medical School has built a new kind of scanner called “Fast-Field-Cycling” MRI, which could provide earlier diagnosis of many diseases. This event is a unique opportunity to see for yourself the original Mark-I scanner in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and to visit the laboratory where the world’s only prototype FFC-MRI scanner has been built.

Experts will be on hand to explain the scanning technology, to answer questions and to guide tours to see the scanners.

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British Science Week Discovery Day

A British Science Association event

Time: 10am - 4pm

£1 donation, no booking required

Venue: Aberdeen Science Centre, 179 Constitution Street, AB24 5TU

The British Science Association Branch in Aberdeen welcomes you to their annual Discovery Day. Come along to see all of the Aberdeen Science Centre exhibits (including Destination Space) and meet scientists from the University of Aberdeen, attend exciting shows, try out hands-on activities and much, much more! Doors open at 10am with activities and shows running throughout the day.

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Monday 19 March

Climate Change Perspectives

Time: 7pm - 9pm

FREE, Booking required: Link for tickets

Venue: King's College Conference Centre, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3FX

Climate Change is one of the biggest societal challenges we face. At this event we will discuss the latest research, policy and calls to action here in Aberdeen. Hear from University of Aberdeen Professors Pete Smith, Adam Price, Drs Caitlin Cottrill, Tavis Potts and Nigel Dower and Mr Ruben Onkels who will cover diverse subjects including rice production, soils, marine environments and ethics while Kirsty Lewin, head of the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Delivery Hub will describe the latest policy and action. There will be plenty of time for the audience to contribute and ask questions.

This event is also part of Climate Week North East in Aberdeen. More details can be found at www.aberdeenclimateaction.org

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Climate Week North East

18th - 25th March

Aberdeen Climate Action are running events across the region during Climate Week (18th - 25th March). In the run-up to Earth Hour, there are a whole range of exciting events taking place around Aberdeen and the Shire for all ages and interests.

For further details on the Climate Week, North East programme, background information and other things you can do, please visit: www.climateweekaberdeen.org

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To sign up for updates about University of Aberdeen events, join the events mailing list. If you are interested in getting involved with British Science Week, contact the Public Engagement with Research Unit and take a look at our 'Staff and Students Through Year Opportunities' page.