Science and the City as University takes over Manchester for ESOF

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Reanimating organs in a library, an inflatable museum and cancer as art – The University of Manchester is playing a major part in Science in the City this month, where thousands of people are expected to visit public spaces to take part in fun and cutting-edge science.

The full programme of more than 40 events accompanying the EuroScience Open Forum conference can be found here, but below are a few highlights from The University of Manchester’s involvement.

And if you want to see where our cutting edge science takes place, don’t forget to check out our OpenLabs calendar, happening at the same time.

Allotment of the Future

22-29 July

Visit the Allotment of the Future to explore how we could make the most of our urban spaces to grow food in the future and what kind of menus we might be choosing from in years to come.

Ever wondered what it might be like to have bugs for breakfast, algae for lunch, or grow crops from used coffee grounds? Find out how technology might change domestic growing and discover what’s so important about soil.

Petri Parlour

23-29 July

Sit down in conversation with an incredible array of talent from across the scientific, literary and arts communities in the Petri Parlour – the place where ideas grow. Click on the links below for more information and booking.

Soapbox Science

23 July

On 23rd July 2016, 12 female scientists will take to their soapboxes in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester city centre to demonstrate and discuss their research. Come and be inspired by cool science from across the North West. There will be something for everyone; from clouds to cancer, protons to parasites, neuropsychology to nanoscience.  Think you won’t understand it? Think again. Come and find out how scientific research informs everyday life. Don’t miss it!

The Fabric of Research with Cancer Research UK

23-29 July

To celebrate Manchester’s year as European City of Science, we’re bringing Cancer Research UK’s research to life like never before. Designers from The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University have worked with researchers from the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute and patient volunteers to create unique artworks that showcase our latest scientific advances and tell the personal journeys of people affected by cancer.

Tiny Science: The Inflatable Museum

25 July

Manchester Museum’s brand new Inflatable Museum will be popping up in Manchester Cathedral for a day of interactive, exploratory activities for under-5s and their families.

B!rth - Born In Exile

25 July

What is it like to give birth stateless and in transition and what is the impact on the women and children involved?

One of the most pressing issues of our time is one of the questions driving B!RTH, a festival of work which will explore global health inequality through the lens of childbirth at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Join The University of Manchester’s Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs, Mukesh Kapila CBE, and award-winning Syrian playwright Liwaa Yazji with other panellists to explore the realities, the struggle and the hope of new life and what can be done to prevent a generation being forever lost.

Science Lates: Science Meets Poetry

26 July

In this celebration of Science and Poetry, we have paired together some of Manchester’s finest young poets with researchers from across the ESOF programme. Following the ESOF Science Meets Poetry daytime event, these poets will perform their collaborative pieces in the setting of the John Rylands library. Biology battles balladry, physics pairs with pentameter, and chemistry confronts cadence in a celebration of the creative similarities between science and the performing arts.

Science Lates: Women in Science

26 July

Join us for an evening where women debate important questions, celebrate the careers of female scientists, innovators and educators, and inspire women to become leaders in their field. Featuring a series of informal social events, the evening will encourage new dialogue between women from across Greater Manchester as well as those visiting for the EuroScience Open Forum.

Featuring: Dr Katherine Joy, astrophysicist, University of Manchester

Science Lates: Manchester Museum

27 July

Climate change is happening all around us, and this isn’t the time to ignore it, it’s the time to get really, really, creative. Join scientists and artists for an evening of creativity exploring a zero carbon future.


29 July

When a vital organ, such as the heart, lungs, or kidneys stops working, our lives are in great danger. But advances in medical science have made it possible for us to receive replacements, transplanted from deceased or living donors. At Reanimate, visitors can see a kidney working and a heart beating outside of the body, and explore the possibilities of organs returning to life.

Drop in and learn more about reconditioning donor organs for transplantation from Dr James Fildes and his team from the Manchester Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research at The University of Manchester.