Liverpool Hope To Mark British Science Week With Programme Of Public Events

TRACK the Easter Bunny, meet the meerkats, learn birdsong and get a free health MOT. Liverpool Hope University is inviting the public to join them during British Science Week to learn how to track the Easter bunny, identify birdsong, and discover what we can do to age more healthily. The University is hosting a free programme of events at its Hope Park campus between 10th-17th March 2017, including health MOTs, meet the meerkats, and the chance to learn about sports performance and nutrition. Events will take place throughout the week, with a special family-friendly day onSunday 12th March based in and around the University’s new Health Sciences building. The day will begin at 11am, where Science Lecturer Carl Larsen will use radio telemetry to help families track the Easter bunny around the University grounds. The event will be repeated at 1pm (meet outside the University’s Health Sciences Building). Between 11am-3pm, the public can also get up close with meerkats, an 11ft python and tarantulas at the Animal Encounters family event. At 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm in the Health Sciences Building, join Dr Thom Smyth who will be simulating Darwinian evolution using paper birds. Between 11am and 12.45 children aged 4-6 can have fun while parents learn how children process space and numbers. Dr Tom Gallagher-Mitchell will lead Walking the Number Line, a fun task for children that will address whether walking a number line creates greater accuracy in spatial and numerical mapping. You can learn all about birdsong at 12pm and 2pm. Take part in a guided walk learn simple tips to identify different species. Between 11am – 2pm, Nutrition staff and students will be offering free health MOTs to anybody over the age of 16. People can have their body composition, height, weight, BMI and waist-to-hip ratio measured, and a small finger-prick blood test to analyse glucose, triglycerides, cholesterol and blood pressure. Testing will be carried out by staff and students from the Nutrition department. On the same day, sports enthusiasts can learn about how to analyse sports performance at 11am (suitable for ages 16+), while you can learn about 3D printing in Medicine between 11am-12pm and 1pm – 2pm. At 1pm there will be a screening of Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller Black Swan, (suitable for ages 16+) followed by a multidisciplinary discussion on sport performance, eating behaviour and related psychological states led by experts Dr Letizia Palumbo and Dr Emma Lees. On Tuesday 14th March (9.30am – 4pm) you can find out how to age more healthily, as experts will share their latest research at a drop in Lecturethon. The event will raise money for Age Concern and Speakers include Dil Daly (CEO Age Concern) and Dr Omid Alizadehkhaiyat (keynote). Suitable for ages 16+ Other events throughout the week include a cycling science seminar, experimental psychology demonstrations, an insight into the latest research taking place at the University, and a conference exploring the latest issues in psychology. Animal Encounters will also be on campus between 4pm – 6pm on Wednesday 15th March. Health MOTs will also be available on Monday 13th March between 9am – 1pm. The week will close with a Science and Society Q&A on Friday 17th March between 7pm – 8pm. Experts from Liverpool Hope University’s Science Faculty, including Dr Letizia Palumbo, Dr David Reid, Dr Steven Shakespeare, Professor Mehmet Dorak, Dr J. Enrique Salcedo-Sora. Put questions to the panel on topics ranging from artificial intelligence to antibiotic resistance. For the full timetable visit: https://www.hope.ac.uk/britishscienceweek/