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UCL at Cheltenham Science Festival

12 June 2012

A number of UCL academics and students are taking part in the Cheltenham Science Festival, which starts today.

UCL at Cheltenham Science Festival

The Festival, which runs 12-17 June, is co-directed for the seventh consecutive year by Dr Mark Lythgoe, Director of the UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI).

Festival blog

For the third year running, a team of UCL postgraduate students are blogging live from the festival on the UCL Events Blog. This year's student bloggers are:

  • Marion Brooks-Bartlett (UCL Chemistry)
  • Freya Boardman-Pretty (UCL Medicine)
  • Matteo Farinella (UCL Biosciences)
  • Paula Morgenstern (UCL Energy Institute)
  • Nicholas Powell (UCL CABI)
  • Thomas Roberts (UCL CABI)
  • Sarah Wiseman (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences)

CABI at Cheltenham

CABI PhD students will be manning a working MRI scanner for live imaging in the festival's Discovery Zone all week. The public will be encouraged to bring along organic objects to the imaging road show, which will then be scanned and prizes awarded for the best images. CABI will be blogging and tweeting live from the festival - you can follow them on the UCL Events Blog and on Twitter (#CABI_UCL).

UCL staff at Cheltenham

UCL scientists are taking part in a number of events and talks at the festival, on a wide range of topics including superconductors, climate change, evolution and aliens.

This year's speakers include:

  • Professor Jon Butterworth (UCL Physics & Astronomy)
  • Lewis Dartnell (UCL Space & Climate Physics)
  • Dr Kevin Fong (UCL Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology)
  • Dr David Gems (UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment)
  • Dr Lucie Green (UCL Space & Climate Physics)
  • Dr Mark Lythgoe (UCL Metabolism & Experimental Therapeutics)
  • Professor Mark Maslin (UCL Geography)
  • Professor Mark Miodownik (UCL Mechanical Engineering)
  • Dr Matt Piper (UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment)
  • Professor Andrea Sella (UCL Chemistry)
  • Professor Mark Thomas (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment)

For more information and the full festival programme, please see the links below.


UCL Events blog
The Times Cheltenham Science Festival