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IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival Events

10th - 14th

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Lego Club

Mon 10 and 17 October 3-5pm

Oxfordshire County Library, OX1 1DJ

Under 7s / Age 7 - 12

Lego is a great way for people of all ages to design and create objects together, so gather the family and build anything you can think of. There is no need to book or bring Lego, just turn up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. - WORKSHOP

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Stories In Stone

Mon 10 October 5.30 – 6.30pm and 6.30 – 7.30pm

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, OX1 3PW

Teenage / Adult

The polished columns that decorate the interior of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History were specially selected to illustrate the geology of Britain. Join geologists Philip Powell and Nina Morgan for a colourful and informative tour of the building’s interior and learn about geology along the way. - GUIDED TOUR

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Oxfordshire And The Future Of Energy

Mon 10 October 7-8pm

New Road Baptist Church, OX1 1LQ

Teenage / Adult

The UK Atomic Energy Authority is creating a new type of sustainable, low carbon energy for the future, and they’re not alone. A growing number of companies are harnessing the power of the stars and transforming Oxfordshire into a hub of plentiful energy: a fusion cluster! Join the discussion around ‘Why Oxfordshire?’ and hear about plans for the future of fusion energy. - DISCUSSION

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Animal Fables

Tue 11 October 6.30 – 8pm

Waterstones Bookshop, OX1 3AF

Teenage / Adult

Are wolves deceptive villains? Are crows insightful geniuses? And could a tortoise really beat a hare in a race? In her new book, Aesop's Animals, zoologist and author Jo Wimpenny tackles these questions and more, asking what science has to say about some of literature's most famous animal characters. Join her and xxxxxxxx for a lively discussion about the facts behind the fables. - TALK

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Have You Thought Of A Career In Medical Research?

Wed 12 October, 4-5pm

Digital Event

Teenage / Adult

Join a conversation with three researchers from different University of Oxford medical departments. Ask about what it’s like to study medicine today and how others started their medical journey. This session and others in the series, aim to highlight the wide range of different careers available in medical research and some of the surprising ways that people have got there. - TALK

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Glow Your Own (1 of 6)

Wed 12 October 5 – 6.30pm

Digital Event

Age 7-12 / Teenage / Adult

Get ready for the Oxford Christmas Light Festival by creating your very own moving lantern. This workshop series will help you build your own creative circuit with sensors that control LEDs and motors. Get your Arduino starter kit (sent to UK addresses by post) and use online resource, Tinkercad to combine art and engineering. Six digital sessions with all workshops later available on-demand at if-oxford.com - WORKSHOP

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Prehension Blooms

Wed 12 October 7.30 – 8.30pm

OVADA, OX1 1NJ

Teenage / Adult

Neon Dance presents an interactive contemporary dance show that incorporates world-class performers, immersive sound design, music and the latest in AI robotic technology. Prehension Blooms explores relationships and themes of companionship and loneliness; set in a distant future and ancient past - an alien world of sand where robot creatures lurk underfoot. - PERFORMANCE

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Language Café

Wed 12 and 19 October 6-7pm

Oxfordshire County Library, OX1 1DJ

Teenage / Adult

Share stories and swap languages from around the world. This session is friendly and informal, with most of the learning happening through speaking and listening. Everyone is welcome, whether you have a native language to share, are a professional linguist, or you are just starting to learn about a new language or culture. - WORKSHOP

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The Breakup Monologues

Wed 12 October 7-8pm

The Bullingdon, OX4 1UE

Teenage / Adult

What’s your view on love and relationships? Award-winning comedian, Rosie Wilby has been obsessively researching the psychology of love for a decade, earning the title the ‘the queen of breakups’ by BBC Radio 4. Join the audience for a chat show and podcast recording hosted by Rosie with guests, zoologist Joanna Bagniewska and historian Sally Holloway. The Breakup Monologues is now also available as a book combining humour, heartache and science. - PERFORMANCE

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Junk Engineering

Thu 13 and 20 October 3.30 – 5.30pm

Oxfordshire County Library, OX1 1DJ

Age 7-12 / Teenage / Adult

Calling engineers of all ages. Meet up and design new inventions and creations out of old junk. This activity is perfect for families who want to get hands-on with creating and inventing. Junk engineering is a fun way to reuse and upcycle items that might otherwise go to landfill. Children must be accompanied by an adult. - WORKSHOP

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Her: Artificial Intelligence And Human Nature

Thu 13 October 5.45 – 8.30pm

Ultimate Picture Palace, OX4 1BN

Teenage, Adult (certificate 15A)

The movie Her is the story of a lonely writer who falls in love with his computer's operating system. Join neuroscientists from the University of Oxford for a screening and discussion about this Oscar-winning 2013 science fiction romantic drama. Explore artificial intelligence, machine learning and what it means to be human. - FILM / DISCUSSION

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The Art Of Fusion: Materials

Thu 13 October 7-8pm

New Road Baptist Church, OX1 1LQ

Teenage / Adult

Fusion is the art of combining elements to create something new, and artwork can inspire new connections. Join the UK Atomic Energy Authority for a conversation with an artist to look deeply at the tough materials needed for an energy source of the future. This event will spark curiosity, touch emotions, and reflect on what it might take to create a sustainable energy source. - TALK

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Weapon Of Choice: Agatha Christie And Poisons

Fri 14 October 5-6pm

Oxford Playhouse, OX1 2LW

Teenage / Adult

An exploration of the poisons used by the Queen of Crime, Dame Agatha Christie, in her bestselling detective stories. In this talk, chemist-turned-author, Kathryn Harkup looks at how the writer used her extensive knowledge of drugs and medicines, mixed with real life cases, to create her brilliantly plotted crime novels. Kathryn will look at the howdunnit, but whodunnit is for you to find out. - TALK

For a full list of events visit: if-oxford.com

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