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After a long day of lectures, labs, and classes, it can be hard to get excited about even more science that’s probably way over our heads. However, the combination of a huge faculty filled with bright minds keen to share their expertise and a university keen to boost public engagement and improve access outcomes in a city teeming with conferences and academics. Top quality science events for all ages and abilities.

Expanding your knowledge outside of your course or even your subject is useful beyond possible additional notes or demonstration to your tutors. Gaining a general understanding of many areas of science allows you to discover areas that you didn’t even know existed and that you may wish to pursue in the future. In addition, a more holistic view of the world leads to more interdisciplinary research and integrated ideas.

In addition to the plethora hosted by student-run companies, there are plenty of conferences and events taking place throughout the term around Oxford. In addition to one-off events, Oxford’s rich collection of museums, including the Natural History Museum (OUMNH) and the Museum of the History of Science (MHS), are always great places to take the family or spend some time in. time.

The Museum of History of science:

Located right next to the Sheldonian Theater, the Museum of the History of Science has a small permanent collection devoted to the development of modern science. As part of a nationwide celebration of the centenary since women won the vote, the Basement Gallery is hosting an exhibit on Women and Science giving an insight into the underrated contributions and lives of four women scientists, including Ada Lovelace. In addition, the museum hosts a few lectures, including one by Dr Patricia Fara on the role of women scientists during the First World War.

The museum of nature Story:

While biologists may be very familiar with the Natural History Museum, its impressive facade and beautiful architecture alone make it a must-see for students of any subject. The permanent collection includes a dazzling array of fossils and preserved specimens, with current exhibits on bats and women in science. Starting October 19, there will be a new exhibition on the bacterial world and several accompanying events, including a Stand-up Philosophy evening that promises a bizarre fusion of comedy, philosophy and microbes! The museum hosts a variety of other events such as film screenings and a monthly ‘Café Scientifique’ where you can meet leading researchers.

Pitt rivers Museum:

Behind the Natural History Museum is the entrance to the Pitt Rivers Museum; a hidden gem. Its four stories contain an assortment of anthropological treasures. Among these items are shrunken heads from Papua New Guinea, samurai armor from ancient Japan, and snowshoes from the Arctic Circle.

As if October wasn’t already teeming with big science events, the IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival has hosted an abundance of interesting lectures, discussions, workshops, and even plays that explore a wide range of scientific ideas throughout. throughout the month. Titles include: “The Science of Sin”, “Is Monogamy Dead?” “,” How the Internet is changing our lives “,” Physics: from the lab to your life “,” Big data: curse or cure “and” Where are the treatments for dementia? ” There is something for everyone and many events are free.

If your thirst for knowledge is still not sated, there are also the regular lectures and seminars organized by university departments, such as Strachey Lectures in Computer Science, but open to all members of the university. This year’s Charles Simonyl Annual Lecture will be given by Rosalind Picard, titled: “Can We Build AI With Emotional Intelligence?” At the Oxford Playhouse. The Sheldonian Theater is always a good place to find high profile and influential speakers, in November they will host the Romanes Lecture, given by Dr Vint Cerf, the co-inventor of the Internet and vice president of Google who will talk about “The pacification of cyberspace”. Finally, Pride in STEM hosts an LGBT research showcase featuring four eminent scientists in the fields of neuroscience, cardiovascular science, immunology and astrophysics in the St Aldates Tavern.

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