Science fanatics will be in their elements at the end of February when Northern Ireland Science Festival comes to town.
Many of the events are sold out but we’ve picked four of our favourites that you can still secure tickets for…
1. LaTe LaB
Ulster Museum, Friday February 26, 7-11pm, £5 – book here
Following a triumphant début, LaTe LaB is back with a bang! Travel into the mind of a mad scientist, as the Ulster Museum is transformed for one night only, with breathtaking live experiments, spectacular science shows and mercurial music. Discover your periodic party personality – do you light up the room, like neon? Perhaps you’re a bright spark, like phosphorous? Or are you flighty and explosive, like hydrogen? Our chemistry cocktails will no doubt help catalyze your evening’s fun, so don your best geek chic and join us for Belfast’s ultimate science party!
2. Level Up Human Podcast
The Black Box, Thursday February 25, 8-10pm, £6 – book here
Evolution has gotten lazy and needs a push. My life would be so much better if it had more tentacles or a prehensile face. Combining gene splicing and transhumanism, medical advancement and surgical enhancement, biology and ambition, Level Up Human takes a light hearted look at what it means to be human, and what the alternatives might be. Join Simon Watt plus local comedians Matthew Collins and Lorcan McGrane for the live recording of an exciting new podcast series.
Guests include Tony Bjourson, Director of the Biomedical Sciences Research Institute at Ulster University; Shane McKee, a genetics expert at the Belfast Trust and Kevin Curran, reader in Computer Science at Ulster University and group leader for the Ambient Intelligence Research Group.
3. Gulp! The Science Of Food
Crescent Arts Centre, Sunday February 28, 8-10.30pm, £12.50 – book here
A two-man live show looking at the science and culture of food, GULP! is presented by award-winning science broadcaster Jonathan McCrea (RTE/Newstalk) and Dalkey Food Company geek chef Ivan Varian.
Sample a 9-course meal on stage and explore the countless factors that affect how we enjoy our food, from how our eyes and nose deceive us to how our genetics divide us into tasters and supertasters.
Try centipedes and waterbugs, pig brains, 100-year-old eggs and antifood as we look at the future of food in 2050. Bite into raw lemons and enjoy dry Ice cream and “Ghost Chili” flavoured chocolate for dessert. Prepare for a meal you’ll never forget.
4. Tales Of The Unexpected
The Black Box, Saturday February 27, 8-10pm, £8 – book here
Join award-winning broadcaster and journalist Jonathan McCrea from Newstalk’s Futureproof and RTE 1’s The Science Squad for an evening of storytelling. Sit back and enjoy a curated collection of award-winning science-themed short films, animations and radio pieces. The programme will be followed by an Q&A session.
Jonathan is the founder of Whipsmart Media, a science and technology communications company that provides media training and consultancy to the STEM sector. He has presented for RTE, Newstalk and Spin 1038. He also is the resident tech expert on The Right Hook on Newstalk 106-108.