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Calendar

Feb
14
Thu
NISF-Anatomy Nights – Heart Dissection Live
Feb 14 @ 8:00 pm

What are the heart strings? How does the heart beat? Where is the hole in the heart? Join Clinical Anatomist, Dr Kat Sanders and science communicator, Emer Maguire as they take you on a tour of this remarkable organ this Valentine’s Day.

Please note – This session will include a dissection of an animal heart on-stage.

Feb
16
Sat
NI SCIENCE FESTIVAL-Nico & Martin present SPACE
Feb 16 @ 11:00 am

Nico & Martin present SPACE
Saturday 16 February
11.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00 – 2.00pm
Suitability: 4-12 Yrs
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
£5. Booking essential.
Nico & Martin invite you to take part in an imaginative musical voyage into space. Orbiting instruments, original songs, galactic games and stories with a chance for all to contribute, and to top that, an encounter with…aliens? Nico & Martin are renowned for their work with children and families and specialise in creating the atmosphere for imaginative musical journeys. They are experienced multi-instrumentalist musicians, active composers and performers. Unusual sounds on unfamiliar instruments, along with the opportunity for all to experiment…wit, gentle energy and a little bit of chaos … these are the classic components of their renowned sessions, which have entertained audiences for more than twenty years.

NI SCIENCE FESTIVAL-Nico & Martin present SPACE
Feb 16 @ 1:00 pm

Nico & Martin present SPACE
Saturday 16 February
11.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00 – 2.00pm
Suitability: 4-12 Yrs
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
£5. Booking essential.
Nico & Martin invite you to take part in an imaginative musical voyage into space. Orbiting instruments, original songs, galactic games and stories with a chance for all to contribute, and to top that, an encounter with…aliens? Nico & Martin are renowned for their work with children and families and specialise in creating the atmosphere for imaginative musical journeys. They are experienced multi-instrumentalist musicians, active composers and performers. Unusual sounds on unfamiliar instruments, along with the opportunity for all to experiment…wit, gentle energy and a little bit of chaos … these are the classic components of their renowned sessions, which have entertained audiences for more than twenty years.

Feb
17
Sun
NI SCIENCE FESTIVAL-What’s the Frequency, Giuseppe?
Feb 17 @ 1:00 pm

What’s the Frequency, Giuseppe?
Sunday 17 February, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Suitability: 14 Yrs+
£3
It’s controversial. So much so, there’s a conspiracy theory about it. Pythagoras was a fan, and contemporary tuning practices are not. What we’re talking about is Verdi’s A – an A that vibrates at 432 Hz, slightly slower and therefore lower than standard A which vibrates at 440 Hz. In the debate as to what the correct pitch for concert A should be, the argument rages with pundits in both camps sticking to their guns. Musicians Colin Reid and Alan Shields explore the 432 terrain to discover whether or not there is a de nite answer.

NI Science Festival-Digital Love – A Faculty Lecture
Feb 17 @ 3:00 pm

What is Emotional Artificial Intelligence and how far are we from empathic and feeling machines?

If computers and robots are going to interact with humans in a way that makes humans feel a real connection, they will need to become more emotionally aware. We are entering the era of the digital assistant, with Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant, what will it take for these systems to be able to connect with us in a way that might make us want to be friends with them.

Dr Gary McKeown is a psychologist who works in the field of affective computing. This field seeks to develop machines that can recognise and synthesise human emotions and provide empathic interfaces that simulate real human interaction. In this talk he will discuss the progress that has been made and the obstacles that remain in the goal of creating machines that interact with us in the same way as other humans.

NISF-Neuromusicology
Feb 17 @ 4:00 pm

Join Neuroscientist Dr Niamh Kennedy and professional Harpist Ursula Burns as they explore the neuroscience of music and how the brain controls movement. Building on Dr Kennedy’s research where she imaged the brains of harpists, this interactive demonstration will show how the brain works during playing of instruments. Featuring a new piece by Ursula in which she plays piano and harp at the same time, Niamh will take a live image her brain with live data visualisation.

Dr Niamh Kennedy is a cognitive neuroscientist at Ulster University with specific interest in the neurophysiology. Her research has actively involved looking at the recovery of individuals with stroke and brain injury, the interaction between motor, sensory and cognitive aspects of behaviour.

Ursula Burns is “the most Dangerous Harpist in the World”. The songwriter from Belfast has 5 independently released albums – the most recent “The Dangerous Harpist”. She has toured the world with her music and has written a wealth of music for theatre and Circus.

Credit – Art work By Leo Boyd, Photo by James Lyttle

NI SCIENCE FESTIVAL-Fright Night! The Science of Horror Movies
Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm

Fright Night! The Science of Horror Movies
Sunday 17 February, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Suitability: 18+
£3. Booking essential.
Do you like scary movies? The continuing popularity of horror films would suggest many people do. But why do we like being scared and what makes a great horror film? In this seminar, scientist and film fan Dr Declan McKenna explains the tricks that horror movies use to frighten us. Using clips from well-known films, he explains the science behind the emotional and psychological responses we experience when we watch a scary movie. It promises to be a monster night out for horror fans!

Feb
18
Mon
NI SCIENCE FESTIVAL- DINO DNA
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am

Dino DNA
Monday 18 February, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Suitability: 6 – 10 Yrs
£5. Booking essential.
Millions of years ago Dinosaurs roamed the Earth, imagine if you could see what that looked like!
Design your very own ‘Dinoland’ from scratch by creating your vision in 3-D using coloured clay. From making Dippy the Diplodocus, a ferocious velociraptor or even a Terrifying Tyrannosaurus Rex, your imagination is the limit at this family friendly, dino-themed event.

Feb
19
Tue
NI SCIENCE FESTIVAL- Build a Booster Backpack
Feb 19 @ 10:00 am

Build a Booster Backpack
Tuesday 19 February – Wednesday 19 December, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Suitability: 6 – 10 Yrs
£5
Channel your inner space explorer, imagine it and anything is possible. Design and make a simple recycled rocket booster backpack to shoot you to the stars. Create fuel jets with flames to take you on a space adventure.

NI SCIENCE FESTIVAL- Accidental Genius
Feb 19 @ 7:30 pm

Accidental Genius
Tuesday 19 February, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Suitability: 18+
The Science, Clumsiness and Luck of Discovery
£5
Science isn’t always as careful and meticulous as you’d imagine. Many of the most important discoveries in science have been made by clumsiness, accident or dumb luck, from the microwave to nylon, via Velcro, jet streams and Viagra. This demonstration-filled session with Professor Adam Hart and the Cheltenham Science Group will measure the speed of light, create the 4th state of matter and go out with a bang to show just how important accidental genius has been in modern science.

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