Events


How to rewrite the laws of physics

Thursday 27 October 2022

Exeter Phoenix

Dr Chiara Marletto


Even our most successful and advanced theories of foundational physics are unable to give a complete account of the universe. Meanwhile, philosophy continues to wrestle with questions of knowledge and consciousness. Might constructor theory provide an answer to both? Join us to find out what constructor theory is, how it might point the way to […]

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Beavers and rewilding

Thursday 28 July 2022

Exeter Phoenix, Gandy St, Exeter EX4 3LS

Derek Gow


Hear an inspirational and often riotously funny first-hand account of the movement to rewild the British landscape with beavers – and how it became the most subversive nature conservation act of the modern era. Since the early 1990s – in the face of opposition from government, landowners, and even some conservation professionals – Derek Gow […]

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Standon Calling

Sunday 24 July 2022

Standon Calling Festival, Herts.


We’re taking over a Stage at Standon Calling Festival. In between bands like Madness, Anne-Marie, Loyle Carner, and Primal Scream you can come to an excellent array of events on subjects from dinosaurs to witches. This will be a great chance for curious minds to meet scientists, artists, musicians, historians, doctors, mathematicians, and more!

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Standon Calling

Saturday 23 July 2022

Standon Calling Festival, Herts.


We’re taking over a Stage at Standon Calling Festival. In between bands like Madness, Anne-Marie, Loyle Carner, and Primal Scream you can come to an excellent array of events on subjects from dinosaurs to witches. This will be a great chance for curious minds to meet scientists, artists, musicians, historians, doctors, mathematicians, and more!

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Standon Calling

Friday 22 July 2022

Standon Calling Festival, Herts.


We’re taking over a Stage at Standon Calling Festival. In between bands like Madness, Anne-Marie, Loyle Carner, and Primal Scream you can come to an excellent array of events on subjects from dinosaurs to witches. This will be a great chance for curious minds to meet scientists, artists, musicians, historians, doctors, mathematicians, and more!

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The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Thursday 30 June 2022

Exeter Phoenix, Gandy St, Exeter. EX4 3LS

Dr. Anjali Mazumder, Dr. Beth Singler, Professor David Llewellyn, Dr Cosmina Dorobantu, James Coomarasamy


As Artificial Intelligence continues to impact many areas of our lives, we’re bringing together a world leading group of experts from health, tech, philosophy, and academia to discuss ethical questions that must be confronted. From driverless cars to dementia treatment, how can we ensure machines do the right thing? Will they inherit our own biases […]

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A musical tour of Field Neuroscience

Thursday 26 May 2022

Exeter Phoenix Gandy St, Exeter EX4 3LS

Dr. Danbee Kim


How do we relate neuroscience research in laboratories to our experience of living? The goal of Field Neuroscience is to build a bridge between the two – it’s the non-invasive study of nervous systems “in the wild”. Neuroscientists study something that everyone uses every day to navigate the complexities of human society – their nervous […]

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A Short History of Pornography

Thursday 28 April 2022

Exeter Phoenix Gandy St, Exeter EX4 3LS

Dr. João Florêncio


While sexually-explicit images have been produced as long as humans could make pictures, the category of pornography is a much more modern invention. It was introduced in the 1800s as a way to classify images deemed obscene and thought to corrupt morals. In this talk Dr João Florêncio will take us on a freefall journey […]

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The Future of AI

Thursday 31 March 2022

Exeter Phoenix, Gandy St, Exeter. EX4 3LS

Sholthana Begum, Professor Peter Challenor, Professor Tim Dodwell, Noor Shaker, Ritula Shah (chair)


AI is at a crucial point: in this event discover its radiant possibilities as well as the possible changes to all our lives. A world leading panel of experts from business, finance, media and academia discuss the eye-opening scenarios of our future. There is a particular focus on how AI is used to make models […]

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10 ways to help your child do well

Thursday 27 January 2022

Exeter Phoenix

Professor Lee Elliot Major


How can you help your children do well at school and beyond? Hear the top tips – and the evidence for them – in this special live event with Lee Elliot Major, the first professor of Social Mobility. He’ll reveal what really matters in education, debunking myths and misconceptions that can harm children’s learning. Professor […]

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Climate Change Theatre Action

Thursday 9 December 2021

Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street Exeter

Dr Evelyn O’Malley


Join us and be part of an biannual global event: an evening of short play readings that encounter our changing climate in unexpected ways. Climate Change Theatre Action is a worldwide series of readings and performances of short climate change plays specially commissioned to coincide with the United Nations climate change meetings. For the 2021 […]

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Viruses that improve our health

Thursday 25 November 2021

Professor Martha Clokie


  We think about viruses as harmful to us, but research by our speaker Martha Clokie shows that some can improve our health. These tiny viruses known as ‘phages’ do this by invading bacteria, multiplying, and bursting out, eventually destroying their host. When these are bacteria that attack our bodies, this could be beneficial—our enemy’s […]

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