Saturday 7 October - First day

Champions Day

  • Saturday 7 October
  • 1.45 to 5.45pm
  • Mayor’s Parlour, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7NX

Opening: 1.45pm
Champions Day opens the Community Science Programme
In a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, distinguished speakers explore contemporary themes in modern science and grapple with questions including:

  • How to become a science champion?
  • How best to inspire others on their science journey?
  • How can artists connect with science?
  • Has science got women ‘wrong’?
  • And … how can science explain superheroes?

Free cake and books provided.

Session one: 2.15pm
Building science capital followed by Q and A
With Dame Mary Archer.

Q & A with Carole Kenrick and Sophie Deen.

Science capital is gaining prominence within science education and informal science learning policy, practice and research. However, as its usage spreads, science capital is not always clearly understood and is often interpreted in different ways.

Science capital is a concept that can help us to understand why some young people participate in post-16 science and others do not. In particular, it helps shed light on why particular social groups remain underrepresented and why many young people do not see science careers as being ‘for me’. Increasingly there is scope for further developing and applying the concept to adults.

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Session two: 3 to 3.45pm
Panel discussion on Artists and scientists: How best to mix oil and water?
Panel discussion led by Dr Ceri Brenner from the Science and Technology Facilities Council and Toby Shannon from the Institute of Physics. 

Panel includes Alistair McClymont, Professor Lewis Dartnell and Dr Piotr Konwicki.

Session three: 4 to 4.45pm
The Secret Science of Superheroes
In this session, a team led by Professor Mark Lorch continue the theme of finding powerful entry points into science and ways of making the complex easy to grasp. So then …

Ever wondered what a superhero eats for breakfast? Do they need a special diet to feed their superpowers? The odd metabolisms of superheroes must mean they have strange dietary needs, from the high calorie diets to fuel flaming bodies and super speeds, to not so obvious requirements for vitamins and minerals.

The Secret Science of Superheroes looks at the underpinning chemistry, physics and biology needed for their superpowers.

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Closing session: 5 to 5.45pm
Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong – and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story
Angela Saini, author of ‘Inferior’ in conversation with Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett. For centuries science has told us that men and women are fundamentally different, but this is not the whole story.

Shedding light on controversial research and investigating the ferocious gender wars in biology, psychology and anthropology, Angela Saini embarks on an eye-opening journey to uncover how women are being rediscovered.

She explores what these revelations mean for us as individuals and as a society, revealing an alternative view of science in which women are included, rather than excluded.

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