Science Festival 2013 at Royal Holloway, Egham during National Science and Engineering Week

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The internationally renowned Royal Holloway, University of London in Egham hosts its annual Science Festival from Saturday March 16 Saturday March 23.

The internationally renowned Royal Holloway, University of London in Egham hosts its annual Science Festival from Saturday March 16 Saturday March 23.

This week-long event evolved from their hugely popular Science Open Day, which has run for over 20 years and attracted a record 4,000 visitors last year.

The Festival is an invitation for schools and the public to get involved with some of the exciting research taking place at Royal Holloway and to inspire them about science. Highlights of this year’s Science Festival can be found below…

Sunday March 2013Science OperaThe Science Opera project is a collaborative venture bringing together biological science, poetry, playwriting, dramaturgy and music. This innovative and accessible performance will both communicate some of Dr Mark Brown's research into the behaviour of bumblebees and also show the value of artistic responses to science. This event is ticketed.

Monday March 18  FrankenfestHow do you create a human? Mary Shelley asked this question in her science fiction novel, Frankenstein, but have we, today, come up with an answer? This is a chance to show off your opinion, talent and knowledge when faced with the ultimate question: what is it to be human?

Wednesday March 20Inspiring Women in Science lectureProfessor Ashley Moffett from the University of Cambridge gives Royal Holloway's first Women in Science lecture. 

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Wednesday March 20The War of the Worlds re-examinedH G Wells' The War of the Worlds (1898) is one of the great classics of science fiction. Join Dr Stewart Boogert, Reader in Accelerator Physics and Adam Roberts, Professor of Nineteenth-century Literature who will stage this novel as a dialogue between past and future—between the nineteenth-century world view and 21st-century astrophysics. 

Saturday March 23Super Science SaturdayEnjoy a packed programme of hands-on activities, demos, talks, live experiments and much more! Science Fact, Science Fiction is this year's theme. Visit our Harry Potter-style Wizard Lab, bust some myths about the brain, find out whether levitating objects are fact or fiction and try your hand cracking codes! Admission is free!

For more information and tickets, visit rhul.ac.uk

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