What's On at ATOM Festival '24

March 16th - March 23rd

ATOM Science Market Day

Saturday March 16th 10am - 3pm

Abingdon Market Place 

Free event

 

Science comes to the Market Place in Abingdon, with science  exhibitors and communicators all assembled to show you why they love their scientific work! When you have looked around the Market Place don't forget that there are activities, talks and shows going on in the Museum and in the Guildhall, both a few steps away.

 

 

More details about this event including how to take part if you are a science organisation here

Science Market Day.....at the Guildhall

Saturday March 16th

 

While the Science Market is going on outside there is also a free programme of events taking place inside the Guildhall.

10am UKAEA film 

11am How to Create a Mini Supernova talk

12 noon Bento Lab talk/demonstration

1pm Oxford Nanopore Technologies talk/demonstration

2pm UKAEA film

3pm National Quantum Computing Centre talk

 

Science Market Day .....in the Museum

Saturday 16th March

Abingdon Museum

Free event

 

BEN G THOMAS livestreaming from the museum basement - the "Boneheads" palaeontologist will return to Abingdon Museum to live stream from the Kempster Room in the basement.

Further details on the museum website soon 

 

 

ATOM Presents.....at the Amey Theatre

Saturday March 16th, 7pm 

The Amey Theatre, Abingdon School

 

Dr Roger Highfield

Virtual you: How building your digital twin will revolutionize medicine and change your life

 

Imagine having a digital copy of your body that can help you make better decisions about your health. That's the promise of digital twins, computer models that simulate every aspect of your body, from cells and tissues to organs and more. In this talk, Roger Highfield will share insights from his last book 'Virtual You', a panoramic account of efforts by scientists around the world - including his coauthor Peter Coveney -  to build digital twins of human beings. He will explain how these virtual copies can usher in a new era of personalised medicine, one in which you can predict your risk of disease, participate in virtual drug trials, shed light on the diet and lifestyle changes that are best for you, and help identify therapies to enhance your well-being and extend your lifespan. The Financial Times made Virtual You one of the books of 2023.

 

Doors open at 6:30pm; talk starts at 7pm

 

£5 adults

£2.50 18-and-under

 

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ATOM Presents.....at the Amey Theatre

Sunday March 17th, 7pm

The Amey Theatre, Abingdon School

 

Isabella Tree

How we can all rewild and save the world

 

The rewilding project at Knepp in West Sussex has become a leading light for conservation in the UK and around the world, demonstrating how letting nature take the driving seat can restore the land and its wildlife in a dramatically short space of time. Inspired by requests from people wanting to learn how to rewild churchyards, gardens and window boxes, rivers, ponds, public spaces and urban parks, Isabella shows how the lessons of rewilding Knepp can be applied at every level, to every available patch of land. We can all do our bit to restore the life-support system on which all species, including our own, depend. 

 

Doors open at 6:30pm; talk starts at 7pm

 

£5 adults

£2.50 18-and-under

 

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ATOM Presents.....at the Amey Theatre

Monday March 18th, 7pm

The Amey Theatre, Abingdon School

 

Fame Lab Academy Finals

 

 

ATOM celebrates our 10th anniversary by launching the Oxfordshire FameLab Academy.  In this our first year three schools are entering the competition to be the best young science communicator.

 

 

Doors open at 6:30pm; starts at 7pm

Free event. No registration needed. Please just turn up at the Amey.

The ATOM Peagram Lecture 

Tuesday 19th March, 7pm

The Amey Theatre, Abingdon School

 

Professor Cath Green OBE 

The OxfordAstraZeneca Vaccine and Beyond

This is a double bill evening. Ticket price includes a short lecture about vaccines by Dr David Miles at 7pm followed by a refreshments break (bar in the foyer) before the Peagram Lecture.

 

Doors open at 6:30pm; first talk starts at 7pm

Tickets

£10 adults 

£5 18 and under 

 

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Dr David Miles

A Short History of Vaccines from Cowpox to Covid 

This is a short lecture to introduce the topic of vaccines and forms part of the Double Bill evening which includes the Peagram Lecture (see above).

 

 

ATOM Presents.....at the Guildhall

Wednesday March 20th, 7pm

Roysse Room, Abingdon Guildhall

 

Megan Jacobs

Discovering Abingdon’s gigantic Jurassic sea creature 

 

Megan Jacobs is a palaeontologist and PhD student at the University of Portsmouth. In May 2023, Megan and her colleague Professor David Martill, whilst visiting Abingdon Museum to research the ichthyosaur skeleton on display, discovered an enormous backbone in a drawer at Abingdon County Hall Museum belonging to a creature that swam in the seas that covered Oxfordshire 150 million years ago. After speaking to museum staff, it was discovered there were 3 more in the museum stores!

 

After looking at all the bones with Dr Steve Etches MBE, the team realised their suspicions were correct, these huge bones were vertebrate from a pliosaur – a marine reptile that could have been twice the size of a killer whale. These were found during excavations at Warren Farm in the River Thames Valley in Oxfordshire. Megan will talk to us about the discovery and about her ongoing palaeontology research of the marine reptiles in the Abingdon Collection.

 

Doors open at 6:30pm; talk starts at 7pm

 

£5 adults

£2.50 18-and-under

 

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ATOM Presents.....at the Guildhall

Thursday March 21st, 7pm

Roysse Room, Abingdon Guildhall

 

Professor John Tregoning

Infectious – a short history of how we are successfully defeating pathogens

 

Nature wants you dead. Not just you, but your children and everyone you have ever met and everyone they have ever met; in fact, everyone. It wants you to cough and sneeze and poop yourself into an early grave. It wants your blood vessels to burst and pustules to explode all over your body. And until relatively recently, it was really good at doing this. In 1900, the average life expectancy of a human was 31 years. Really, I should be dead already.

 

But thanks to the advancement of scientific understanding, better hygiene and the miracle of modern medicine, I am not dead – and presumably neither are you, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. In this talk I will explore how human ingenuity has led to amazing breakthroughs in controlling, preventing and treating infectious disease. I will explain how the approaches work, where they originated, and why if given the choice, you should use them.

 

Doors open at 6:30pm; talk starts at 7pm

 

£5 adults

£2.50 18-and-under

 

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ATOM Presents.....at the Guildhall

Saturday March 23rd

Roysse Room, Abingdon Guildhall

 

ATOM's Science Activity Day

Bright Sparks Science Activities (morning)

and 

ibrick Sessions with House of Fun (afternoon)

 

Science for kids between 9.30am am and 3.30pm.

 

 

These activities are free - please check the webpage about each activity to find out if booking is required.

More information about Bright Sparks Science Activities in the morning is available by clicking here

More information and registration for ibrick sessions with House of Fun is now open- please click here

 

ATOM Presents.....at Harwell Campus

Saturday March 23rd 11am

Harwell Campus

THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED

 

The Harwell Campus Heritage Trail

Guided Walking Tour starting at 11am

 

ATOM Festival is delighted to be participating in the official launch of this exciting Heritage Trail by offering a guided walk under the leadership of one of the team who put the trail together. 

More details                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

ATOM Presents.....at the Guildhall

Saturday March 23rd, 7pm

Council Chamber, Abingdon Guildhall

 

Professor Russell Foster

LIFE TIME: The New Science of the Body Clock, and How It Can Revolutionize Your Sleep and Health

 

Most of us assume that we are above the grubby world of biology, and that we can do what we want, at whatever time we choose. This assumption is wrong. Our biology is governed by a 24-hour biological (circadian) clock that advises us when it is the best time to sleep, eat, think, and undertake a myriad of other essential tasks. This daily internal adjustment allows us to function optimally in a dynamic world, “fine-tuning” our biology to the profound demands imposed by the 24-hour day.

 

Progress in understanding the fundamental nature of circadian biology has been astonishing, and certainly, this knowledge has added to our wonder and appreciation of the biological world. However, in parallel with this appreciation there has been an emerging realisation of the fundamental importance of circadian rhythms to our health and wellbeing. What we do when really matters. The time of day will influence our: Decision-making skills and the chance of making a mistake; Our vulnerability to infection – we are more vulnerable to infection at night; The chances of having a stroke or heart attack – There is a 50% greater chance of having a stroke between 6am and 12 noon than any other time of the day; Because our body changes so profoundly over the day, the effects of our medications and treatments also change. Taking heart medications before bed rather than in the morning, can reduce your chances of having a stroke. And the time of delivering anti-cancer drugs can mean the difference between life and death. In this talk I will unpack the science of circadian rhythms, and how this new biology can be used by each of us to make more informed decisions to improve our lives. 

 

Doors open at 6:30pm; talk starts at 7pm

 

£5 adults

£2.50 18-and-under

 

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