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British Science Festival

We are hosting the British Science Festival! Join us in September for some fantastic public events on our Chelmsford Campus

  • 7 - 11 September 2021, 09:00 - 17:30
  • Price:  Free
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Policing online sex trafficking

Join ARU academic Dr Christian Kemp, to explore the mysterious technology behind the dark web and digital evolution of the sex industry

  • 7 September 2021, 12:00 - 12:45
  • Price:  Free
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Nature for wellbeing

Psychologist Prof Viren Swami will take you on a journey into how different ‘types’ of nature and activities affect your wellbeing, and what you can do to reap the most benefits.

  • 7 September 2021, 12:30 - 13:15
  • Price:  Free
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When humans started to talk

Behavioural ecologist Dr Jacob Dunn combines existing knowledge of living species similar to humans - such as primates including chimpanzees and gorillas - with modern digital scanning technology to help fill in the gaps in our understanding of speech evolution

  • 7 September 2021, 13:00 - 13:30
  • Price:  Free
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Out of body, in the mind

Join ARU academic Jane Aspell for an insight into what happens in the brain during an out-of-body experience

  • 7 September 2021, 13:00 - 13:45
  • Price:  Free
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Talking with birds

Join behavioural ecologist, Dr Claudia Wascher 'in the wild' (of Chelmsford) who looks beyond birds calls to find out how they socialise and communicate.

  • 7 September 2021, 13:30 - 14:15
  • Price:  Free
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What's the deal with "green" plastics?

Environmental biologist Dr Dannielle Green helps to decipher the mysterious language of labelling and how to responsibly dispose of your plastic waste

  • 7 September 2021, 14:30 - 15:15
  • Price:  Free
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Coaching the coaching champions of the future

Join ARU sports scientist Dr Anna Stodter as she examines how coaches filter and adopt or reject new ideas in their day-to-day practices.

  • 7 September 2021, 15:00 - 15:45
  • Price:  Free
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Racing to rapidly test COVID-19

Join ARU qPCR expert Stephen Bustin to hear how revolutionary COVID-19 testing techniques were developed and what it means for managing our current and future pandemics.

  • 7 September 2021, 15:00 - 15:45
  • Price:  Free
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The Margaret Cavendish Poetry Club

Join Dr Cassie Gorman to discover Margaret Cavendish - an early science writer - and participate in a workshop, your practical guide to how poetry and science go hand in hand

  • 7 September 2021, 15:00 - 15:45
  • Price:  Free
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British Science Festival

We are proud to be working with the British Science Association to deliver the 2021 British Science Festival. Many of the events are taking place on our Chelmsford campus, and our academics are among those delivering the sessions.

Find out more about the festival