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Friday 22 September - The Moor

11.00am - 4.30pm

DEMONSTRATION: The Wall of Gratitude

Chris Blackmore

A thank-you can make your day. But did you know it was good for your health? Research shows it even helps us sleep better. Our interactive Wall of Gratitude is a place where you can say a public thank you for anything, from the personal to the universal.

11.00 - 11.20am

Gnomes on the Railways

Shaun Earl

Strange indentations are appearing on our railways. They look like they’re made by extremely heavy gnomes sitting down on the tracks. And they cause chaos. Materials engineer Shaun Earl gets to the bottom of it.

11.30 - 11.50am

How Similar is Similar?

Stuart Walker

In an era of automated factories, surely one aircraft wing is the same as another? Not quite. Engineer Stuart Walker uncovers some surprising differences that could affect performance.

12.00 - 12.20pm

The Benefits of Gratitude for Health and Wellbeing

Fuschia Sirois

Dr Fuschia Sirois presents research that shows how a simple thank you can be good for your health. The benefits include better mental health, better sleep and increased self-esteem.

12.30 - 12.50pm

Life After Death: Experiences of Sibling Bereavement

Laura Towers

Drawing on interviews with bereaved siblings, social scientist Laura Towers will share people’s stories to explore what life can be like following the death of a brother or sister.

1.30 - 1.50pm

Making a Difference: How Community Organisations Benefit From Medical Student Placements

Joanne Thompson

Working with community organisations gives our medical students valuable experience. But what do the organisations get out of it? Joanne Thompson evaluates this important relationship, the work our students do and the difference it makes.

2.00 - 2.20pm

Sperm in All Shapes and Sizes

Sarah Calvert

In the race to the egg, not every sperm gets there. Dr Sarah Calvert’s research reveals those most likely to succeed.

2.30 - 2.50pm

How Can Magnets Help Treat Tumours?

Priya Patel

Dr Priya Patel explains how magnets can be used to make tumour treatment more accurate and more effective.

3.00 - 3.20pm

“This is cancer researcher 5. Stay on target.”

Aneurin Kennerley

Using viruses to kill tumours is one way to attack cancer. But hitting the target can be a challenge. Magnetic resonance targeting can increase accuracy by 800 per cent. Dr Aneurin Kennerley explains how it works.

3.30 - 3.50pm

Hyper-Kamiokande: A Big Detector for Big Questions

Jost Migenda

What happens when stars explode? What is dark matter? Physicist Jost Migenda shows us how a giant detector (Hyper-Kamiokande) buried deep underground is helping to explain the origins of the universe.

4.00 - 4.20pm

How Do Supernovae Explode?

Héloïse Stevance

We are all made of stardust. Sounds whimsical? It’s science! Every time a star explodes, it generates this mysterious substance that forms the basis of all things – including us. Find out how and why this happens with astrophysicist Héloïse Stevance.