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Saturday 23 September - The Moor

11.00am - 4.30pm

DEMONSTRATION: Biomimetics: Robot Animals for Healthcare

Emily Collins

Don’t miss this rare chance to see and interact with the robot animals that could transform healthcare in the near future. With Dr Emily Collins of Sheffield Robotics.

11.00 - 11.20am

Words and Pictures: The Visual in the Literary/The Literary in the Visual

Valerie Derbyshire

Focusing on the romance novels of Charlotte Smith (1749-1806), this talk explores how literature is inspired by art, and vice-versa. Valerie Derbyshire reveals the hidden histories and blurring of boundaries between words and pictures.

11.30 - 11.50am

Star Quality: How a Big Name Transformed a Broadway Show

Laura Milburn

Laura Milburn reveals the story behind Noël Coward’s 1961 hit Sail Away, which Coward overhauled completely to accommodate its star, Elaine Stritch.

12.00 - 12.20pm

A Grimy No-Man’s Land: Stoke-on-Trent’s Theatre in the 1960s

Rachel Walker

Rachel Walker on the groundbreaking work of Peter Cheeseman, who made Stoke-on-Trent a major centre for theatre and launched the careers of Alan Ayckbourn, Alan Plater and Peter Terson.

12.30 - 12.50pm

The Translation of Science to Policy

James Thackery

Scientists aim to find the truth. But their research doesn’t always lead to changes in policy. James Thackery, a member of the University’s Science in Policy group, explains the complex process of turning science into legislation.

1.30 - 1.50pm

Devoted, Deadbeat or Disneyland Dads: Moving Away from Stereotypes of Non-resident Fatherhood

Winona Shaw

At least a million fathers in the UK don’t live with their children, but who are these dads and how do they live? Winona Shaw thinks it’s time we use research to help us move away from stereotypes of nonresident fathers.

2.00 - 2.20pm

The Impact of Weekend Working on Wellbeing

Andrew Bryce

New data shows that working at the weekend could be bad for your health. Economics PhD Andrew Bryce talks us through it.

2.30 - 2.50pm

Spending Time with Robots: Can it Change our Attitudes?

Marina Sarda

The rapid development of robotics show no sign of slowing. It’s important that we all come to terms with what it could mean for our day-to-day lives. Research suggests that our fears may be unfounded. But if we don’t spend time with robots, how do we know what to think about them? Marina Sarda may be able to help.

3.00 - 3.20pm

Touching Life Under a Microscope

Laia Pasquina Lemonche

Atomic force microscopy enables scientists to see very, very small things. Things the human eye can’t. Like the skin of bacteria. But that’s not all. It also enables us to touch these cells. Come along for a rare glimpse of the invisible world around us.

3.30 - 3.50pm

Meet the Tribbles

Chiara Niespolo

They might sound like an unassuming bunch, but the TRIB family of proteins (aka Tribbles) play a huge role in controlling metabolism, immunity and cancer. Find out how academics from our Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health are unlocking their secrets.

4.00 - 4.20pm

Obesity and Disease: A New Understanding

Laura Martinez Campesino

Laura Martinez Campesino on a project to understand the links between obesity, immunity and disorders such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.