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Comics and chemists at MOSI for Science Festival

October's Festival Blast Continues: This Time Its Science

Published on October 22nd 2011.

Comics and chemists at MOSI for Science Festival

THE comic side of science and maths is a key theme in events at MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester) as part of this year’s Manchester Science Festival (22-30 October).

A packed programme of events throughout the Manchester Science Festival, starts with a bang this weekend, as the BBC Bang Goes the Theory, present a show

Comedian and mathematician Matt Parker, who has won this year’s Joshua Phillips Award for Science Communication will be performing his sell-out show from the Edinburgh Fringe, ‘Your Days are Numbered: The Maths of Death’ on 23 October. 

On the same day Dr Maths, Steve Humble, will show the mysterious magic of numbers and the Girl Geeks will be doing Mathematical origami, while the Spacetacular adventure on 28 October is a variety show with a difference.

A packed programme of events throughout the Manchester Science Festival, starts with a bang this weekend, as the BBC Bang Goes the Theory team present their show live at the Museum’s Upper Campfield Market (now fully booked).

On Saturday Lorelly Wilson will create flaming steel, strange sugar and moving molecules as part of her family chemistry show, while in the Meet the Nanoscientists event you can learn how scientists working with the tiniest atoms are changing our lives.  

MOSI science communication officer Nicola Frost said: “We know that most people learn more when they are having fun, so comedy and interactive games and events are a big part of MOSI’s programme this year in the Manchester Science Festival. Science affects all of us and the Festival is all about encouraging everyone to get inspired about the many facets of scientific facts and research, and to challenge traditional perceptions of scientists. Even if you’re not into science there are events that everyone can enjoy.”

MOSI’s programme is part of over 150 events for adults, families and teenagers in the Manchester Science Festival. Highlights on the first weekend of the festival include Polar, an epic pairing of HD footage of the Polar Regions and a live orchestral soundtrack performed by the Manchester Camerata at the Royal Northern College of Music, as well as BBC Bang Goes the Theory Live. 


A strong cultural programme for adult audiences includes Primitive Streak by artist Helen Storey and a textile QR code exhibition at Cornerhouse (QR3D). Cutting-edge science and controversial topics will be explored in a series of talks and debates: Fukushima and the future of nuclear energy, Field of genes: DNA testing to find future Olympic champions and The Devil’s Garden are not to be missed. 

For more information on MOSI events look up www.mosi.org.uk

For full listings for the Manchester Science Festival and all event and booking details please visit www.manchestersciencefestival.com @mcrscifest

Manchester Science Festival is an annual nine-day, multi-venue festival with the vision of inspiring and engaging people in science (science, technology, engineering and maths).

It is Manchester’s premier event for public engagement with science, promoting the region’s rich heritage of past scientific achievements and endeavours whilst showcasing current innovative science and engineering research and practice. Last year over 80,000 people visited the festival and 80% of events are free.

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