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What's On, Knowledge, STEM

IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival Events

19th - 22nd


Pandemic board games

Thu 19 October | 4 – 7pm

Oxfordshire County Library, OX1 1DJ

Teenage / Adult

A special edition of Oxfordshire County Library’s weekly Board Game club. Meet medical science researchers from the University of Oxford while playing a selection of disease and pandemic related board games. This will run alongside the regular club session. Other Board Game clubs: Thursdays 12 and 26 October, 4 – 7pm. Suitable for age 16+. - WORKSHOP


Vaccines - past, present and future

Thu 19 October | 7.30 – 8.30pm

New Road Baptist Church, OX1 1LQ

Teenage / Adult

Louis Pasteur discovered the principles of vaccination in the 1880s, with today’s vaccines combatting diseases like measles, meningitis and polio. Join evolutionary virologist Emilia Skirmuntt from the Oxford Vaccine Group and David Miles, author of How Vaccines Work, to discuss what vaccines can do today, and what they might do in the future. - TALK


A story in stone

Fri 20 October | 5.30 – 6.30pm and 7 – 8pm

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, OX1 3PW

Teenage / Adult

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


NeuroTales: journeys in neuroscience research

Fri 20 October | 6.30 – 8pm

Wig and Pen, OX1 2AU

Teenage / Adult

Science is a team effort and it is a lifelong journey. Hear from four people involved in neuroscience research at the University of Oxford, each with a story to tell. Link personal milestones with the global quest to understand the brain. Discover more about their journeys – how did they get here and where are they going? PERFORMANCE


Powering the future: UKAEA open day

Sat 21 October | 10am – 1pm and 2 – 5pm

Culham Science Centre Abingdon, OX14 3DB

Teenage / Adult

Come to the UK’s biggest door and look around the world’s largest operating fusion machine.
This open day is a rare chance to tour the facility and see equipment developing sustainable fusion energy. Start with the basics of fusion physics and power-up conversations with engineers, scientists and technicians currently working on the record breaking Joint European Torus (JET) experiments. - GUIDED TOUR / TALK


History of science in Oxford

Sat 21 October | 10 – 11.30am

Meet at Carfax Tower, OX1 1ET

Teenage / Adult

This walking tour will take you to several key scientific locations in Oxford. Travel back in time to reveal how science was done in the early days of Oxford University. Explore the legacy of discovery and some recent scientific achievements while learning about Oxford’s Nobel Prize winners and notable scholars. - GUIDED WALK


Plastic Drastic Fantastic!

Sat 21 October | 11 – 11.45am and 2 – 2.45pm

Pegasus Theatre, OX4 1RE

Under 7s / Age 7 – 12

A contemporary dance theatre performance for children and their families from South
Asian dance company Akademi. Explore our complex relationship with plastics – the fantastic possibilities they offer, as well as the drastic consequences to the environment. Plastic Drastic Fantastic! is an inclusive experience, accessible for D/deaf young people and children. - PERFORMANCE


Geology in a cemetery near you

Sun 22 October | 11am – 12pm

Headington Municipal Cemetery, OX3 9BY

Sun 22 October | 2.30 – 3.30pm

St Mary and St John Churchyard, OX4 1QT

Teenage / Adult

An urban cemetery is a great place for amateur, student or professional geologists to carry
out scientific field work at leisure, right on the doorstep and at no cost. Join geologists Nina Morgan and Philip Powell on a guided geological walk through an Oxford cemetery. You’ll never look at cemeteries in the same way again. - GUIDED TOUR


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Mon 20 May 2024

Director-choreographer Arthur Pita reunites with dance virtuoso Edward Watson and composer-musician extraordinaire Frank Moon, this time welcoming the renowned rebel chanteuse Meow Meow for a new adaptation and world premiere of Franz Kafka’s A Hunger Artist at the Old Fire Station, Oxford.  The show has a limited run from 3 to 5 June.

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Mon 20 May 2024

A new exhibition at Hughenden Manor has opened which explores how Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli carefully curated his own image and used Hughenden as stage and backdrop for creating his own legend.

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Thu 16 May 2024

Experience the transformative energy of Thame's Psychic & Wellbeing Fair -a haven for those seeking spiritual guidance, holistic healing, and unique gifts.

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Thu 16 May 2024

Visitors to University Parks this Spring should be persuaded not to apply more insect repellent as a gigantic half-man half-insect lands from 31 May – 2 June.