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 09th - 18th March. The full programme will be available here from January 2018.

Check out the 2017 programme below or download it HERE. The 2017 schools 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
10 - 19 March 2017

We are bringing you a packed week of talks, shows, exhibitions and activities for all ages. You can browse the events below or download the programme

There is also a full programme for schools. Download it HERE.

Programme Guide

Friday 10 | Saturday 11 | Sunday 12 | Monday 13 | Tuesday 14 | Wednesday 15 | Thursday 16 | Friday 17 | Saturday 18 | Sunday 19

Friday 10 March

Family Launch Event: Accelerate!

Time: 6pm -7pm

Free, booking required HERE.

Venue: Robert Gordon University, Lecture Theatre N242, Sir Ian Wood Building, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ

Join scientists from the University of Oxford on an explosive, interactive tour of the science behind atom smashers. This award-winning show is packed with hair-raising demonstrations, explosions and real particle beams. If you’ve ever wondered how the Large Hadron Collider works, this is your chance to find out! RECOMMENDED FOR AGE 11+.

www.physics.ox.ac.uk/accelerate @accelerate_show

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Adult Takeover: Engineering Extravanganza

Time: 7pm - 10pm

£5, booking required HERE. AGE 18+

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

Explore Aberdeen Science Centre after hours and enjoy a night of hands-on activities which will see your team compete for the illustrious title of Aberdeen Science Centre Takeover Champions! Challenges include paper aeroplane building and egg saving. Teams of minimum 3 and maximum 6 people (don't worry if you're alone, we'll group you on the night).

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Saturday 11 March

Hands-on Science & Composite Materials

Time: 12pm - 3pm

FREE, 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 with our exciting workshops! Come and have fun with science on campus, in our state of the art facilities.

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Sunday 12 March

Alzheimer's Research UK Science Sunday

Time: 10am - 4pm

FREE, No booking required

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


Come along and explore the most mysterious structure in the known universe – the human brain. Family-friendly activities will run alongside talks from scientists and clinicians who are working to tackle dementia. With hands-on activities, challenging games and the latest in virtual reality technology, we’ll shine a light on this incredible organ and showcase the pioneering dementia research underway in Aberdeen.

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Monday 13 March

Cafe Med: Advances in dementia research from the
lab to the clinic

Time: 6pm

FREE, No booking required

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

Dementia affects more than 85,000 people in Scotland and currently we do not have any treatments for this disease. Join us as we highlight the latest promising research and discuss how we are turning this knowledge into treatments.


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Research Stars of Aberdeen - An evening of inspirational journeys
in science

Time: 6pm - 8pm

FREE, booking required HERE

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

Last year three scientists from the University of Aberdeen were elected Fellows of the Royal Society, the premier society in the UK that celebrates scientific excellence. Join us for a fascinating evening where each speaker will share their personal research perspectives, explain why Aberdeen had such an influence on their journeys and give their insights into the importance and relevance of research in today’s society.

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Tuesday 14 March 

Aberdeen & District RSPB Local Group:
Life Through the Lens

Time: 7.30pm

£3 on the door

Venue: Zoology Building Lecture Theatre, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3FX

Join Raymond Besant for a fascinating evening of stunning images. Involved in photography and film-making for many years, Raymond was one of the principal cameramen on “Highlands - Scotland’s Wild Heart” for BBC Scotland, and has most recently been a member of the film team for Springwatch and Autumnwatch in 2016.

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Exploring the Greenland Ice Sheet: A public lecture & short film

Time: 6.30pm

FREE, booking required HERE

Venue: Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3FX

Have you ever wanted to know more about the Arctic and wondered why the Greenland Ice Sheet is so important? Or how scientists collect data to help us to understand the changes currently facing the ice sheet? Then come along and Dr Danni Pearce, University of Aberdeen, will walk you through the last 1000 years of the Greenland Ice Sheet as well as the ups (and some downs) of working in such a remote environment. There will also be a premiere of a short documentary-film, which shows footage from the last two expeditions (2015 and 2016).

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Sci-screen: Moon

A British Science Association Event

Time: 6pm

£6, booking required HERE. AGE 15+

Venue: Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen, AB10 1JS.

40 years ago, plans were drawn up for large-scale settlements floatingin space . Made of material from the Moon, they’d be home to thousands of people. Amazingly, all this was possible with 1970s technology — but there have been many advances since then. Join Jerry Stone, freelance space presenter leading a project at the British Interplanetary Society to re-examine these studies. The talk is followed by a 35mm screening of award winning British science fiction “Moon”.

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Wednesday 15 March 

Cafe Scientifique - The Heritage of Modern Astronomy:
The magic of Maxwell and other Scottish luminaries

Time: 7pm

FREE, no booking required

Venue: Waterstones, Union Bridge, AB11 6BG.

Scotland continues to lead the world in astrophysics research, from instrumentation to observation and theory. Hear about some of these achievements and pioneering contributions made by James Clerk Maxwell and others.

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Thursday 16 March

A Century of Cosmology

Time: 7.30pm

FREE, no booking required

Venue: Fraser Noble Building, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3FX

Join us for an evening of talks to celebrate 100 years of Einstein’s Cosmology. Topics include a history of cosmology, the expanding universe and Quantum cosmology. Talks are aimed at a general audience. Refreshments available after the event.

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PechaKucha: Scintillating Science

Time: 6.30pm

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.

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Speed Science

Time: 6pm - 7.30pm

FREE, booking required HERE. AGE 18+

Venue: The Tunnels, Carnegie's Brae, Aberdeen, AB10 1BF

Like speed dating, without the dating! Join the brightest stars in Scottish biology for a scintillating ‘speed science’ session where you, the audience, get to hear about the latest research from PhD students working at its forefront. But can they keep you interested and wanting to know more? Come and vote on the best of the biology bunch at this fast paced event hosted by the University of Aberdeen's Public Engagement team in partnership with EASTBIO - the East of Scotland Biological Science Doctoral Training Partnership.

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Skeptics in the Pub Special with Kat Arney:
Herding Hemingway's Cats - How do our genes work?

Time: 7.30pm

£6/4 on the door. AGE 18+

Venue: The Tunnels, Carnegie's Brae, Aberdeen, AB10 1BF

The language of genes has become common in media. We know they make your eyes blue, your hair curly or your nose straight. We’re told that genes control the risk of cancer, heart disease or Alzheimer’s. But how do they work? With the help of cats with thumbs, fish with hips and wobbly worms, Kat will unpack some of the mysteries in our DNA and explain the latest thinking.

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Friday 17 March

We're going on a Bear Hunt

Time: 10:30am - 12pm or 1pm - 2.30pm

£7 per child, adults free. Booking required HERE.

Venue: The Sand Bothy, Balmedie Country Park, AB23 8XG

Calling all tiny scientists! Come for a splash and a splosh and a squelch and a squerch around the lovely woods and sand dunes at Balmedie Country Park with Mandy Tulloch of Mud Pies. Find out about nature and come on a bear hunt! Suitable for 2 to 5 year olds. Snack included. Please wear wellies and waterproofs (yes adults too!).

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Saturday 18 March

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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Science and Climate Change in an Alternative Facts World

Time: 10am - 12pm

FREE, booking required HERE.

Venue: Zoology Building, University of Aberdeen, Tillydrone Avenue

During British Science Week and Climate Week, it is an appropriate time to examine the role of science, and our understanding of climate change, in a world where alternative facts are seen by some to have the same currency as real facts. Leading UK Climate Change scientists will present short talks examining the importance of science and evidence for policy making, the role of science in understanding climate change, the Paris Agreement, and what might happen if the US withdraws from the Paris agreement.

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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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Sunday 19 March

Outdoor and Woodland Learning

Time: 10am - 12pm or 1pm - 3pm

FREE, Booking required. Contact deesideforestschools@btinternet.com

Venue: Crathes Castle, AB31 5JQ

Join us for family fun. Explore woodlands, cook on an open fire, make a woodland craft and listen to a story. 

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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.