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Meet Irvine Welsh

Cult author Irvine Welsh is appearing at the University of Central Lancashire in advance of the much anticipated release of his new movie, ‘Porno’ later this year.
Irvine will be inytroducing audiences to his latest novel ‘The Blade Artist’, which features the return of the terrifyingly inimitable Francis Begbie. Make sure you come along to this not to be missed event!
Tickets are £12.99 and include the price of a hardback edition of ‘The Blade Artist’, which Irvine will sign on the night.

Venue: Harrington Building, Preston (UCLan’s Harrington Lecture Theatre, Harrington Building, University of Central Lancashire, Fylde Road, Preston, PR1 7BH)

Monday 4 April, Doors open 6.30pm for 7.00pm start. Everybody is welcome to attend.

Book on event here.

Will Robots Rule the World? Join the debate in Preston

On Thursday 18th February, join University of Central Lancashire experts at the Adelphi Pub (Preston) to discuss the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the ethical questions society will be facing. There will be live demonstrations of AI and robotics to show the technology’s current capabilities followed by an interactive debate exploring the issues.

Our experts include Dr Stephen Sigurnjak and Matt Dickinson who will be demonstrating AI in action and how it can interface with robots. Psyhcologist Dr Sarita Robinson will be exploring the differences between the human brain and AI.

This event has been organised by the Lancashire branch of the British Science Association and is part of the Future Debates series.

The event begins at 7.00pm and is completely free to attend but please register here first: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/future-debates-lancashire-tickets-19317555328

#ShareMyThesis Competition

• Are you currently studying for or have you completed a PhD degree?
• Do you want to tell the world why your research is important?

This worldwide competition challenges PhD students past and present to tweet in 140 characters why your PhD research is so important. You should tweet should include the hashtag #sharemythesis

Your tweet should include what your research is about, why it is important and should be understandable to a non-specialist. The competition is open to worldwide entries from any subject area.

The winner will receive a 15-inch MacBook pro. Second prize is an iPad and third prize a £200 Amazon voucher.

Your tweet should be sent by 9th February 2015 at 10.00am and the winner will be announced by 20th March 2015.

Lancashire Science Festival fun at Open Day – Nov 14

Lancashire Science Festival added a splash of yellow to Open Day’s showcase floor on Saturday 15th of November. The team wore their famous bright yellow t-shirts, put up the yellow gazebo, fairy lights and were ready for action! Lots of visitors wanted to know more about the festival, and how they could get involved.

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After collecting some local pond water the morning of the Open Day, the team put droplets of the water under microscopes for the public to examine what algae looks like close up. On the whole the public were shocked at how intricate and interesting the algae was under the microscope. We then asked people to create the algae in green plasticine and hang it in our fish tank. This was (as you can imagine) incredibly popular with the younger visitors, engaging them with science and letting them get hands on creativity.

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Amazon vouchers could be won, by telling us your favourite/worst part of science, or what you love/would like to see at Lancashire Science Festival on luggage tags and adding them to our science tree.

We had some great entries, such as:

‘‘Life is like a proton, stay positive’’

‘’I want more robots in science’’

Overall the team had a fantastic day, enthusing, engaging and exciting the public with science!

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Applications Invited to be Public Engagement Catalysts

 

Attention all UCLan researchers!

Fancy having a go at some public engagement?

Maybe getting a bit of funding to support it?

And access to professional development too?

What are you waiting for?

Apply now to be a Catalyst

More information can be found here Catalysts call