British Science Week

Guest post from Bournemouth Natural Science Society (BNSS)

British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths held from 8-17 March 2019. This year’s theme is ‘journeys’ and the BNSS has organised three special adult education lectures around this topic.

Lectures are open to all, so if you’re naturally inquisitive and interested in the natural sciences, please feel free to come and enjoy a unique experience – our talks are designed to educate, inform, and challenge! Lectures last approximately 50 minutes followed by a question & answer session and light refreshments to finish.

Saturday 9th March at 2.30pm: Dominic Couzens speaks on the ‘Mysteries of Migration’.

He will include the most recent information about migration including the use of ringing and micro-chips. Dominic is a prolific author and columnist who has studied bird migration for 30 years. For more information on his work, visit his website at http://www.birdwords.co.uk/ .

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 

Tuesday 12th March at 7.30pm: Professor Jan Wiener speaks on ‘Navigation, Ageing and Dementia: Minimising spatial disorientation in the built environment’.

Professor Wiener is head of the Wayfinding Laboratory at Bournemouth University, where he researches human navigation behaviour. He will talk to us about the perception and information processes involved, how our environment and our age impact on this process, and the different experiments used to investigate it.

Saturday 16th March at 2.30pm: Dr Anna Hickman speaks on ‘Plankton Journeys’.

Dr Hickman is a Lecturer in Oceanography at the University of Southampton and researches ocean phytoplankton. She will talk about the role of phytoplankton on our climate and how physical factors affect the distribution of these organisms, which form the base of the marine food web and play a crucial role in the global carbon cycle.

Plankton ‘Noctiluca’, a planktonic dinoflagellate


ADMISSION: Lectures are free, but donations are appreciated!

LOCATION: All lectures will be held at the Bournemouth Natural Science Society, located on the outskirts of Bournemouth Town Centre at 39 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth. Directions can be found here: http://bnss.org.uk/visit-us/ .

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