20 Oct 2008

Fossil Detectives headline OU involvement in MK Science Festival

MK Science Festival

MK Science Festival

One of the many unusual events during the Milton Keynes Science Festival is the Fossil Detectives evening at The Open University. With a talk from the presenter from the new high-profile OU/BBC series Fossil Detectives, an opportunity for you to meet OU fossil experts and have your own fossil finds identified, there’s something for everyone.

Fossil Detectives is an eight-part television series, produced by the prestigious BBC Natural History Unit, showcasing Britain’s amazing wealth of fossil remains.

Dr Hermione Cockburn

Dr Hermione Cockburn

The presenter of the show, The Open University’s Dr Hermione Cockburn, will show people how the series was made and share fossil-hunting and identification tips with the audience.

The talk starts at 7:30pm on Tuesday 21st of October at the OU’s Berrill Lecture Theatre. People can bring along their own fossil finds and have them identified by Open University experts from 6:15pm.

Other MK Science events involving the OU are:

Observing the Universe at the Open University - 25th October

Doors open at 2pm, talks start at 2:30pm.
The presentations will be held the OU’s Berrill Lecture Theatre, with the observing session at the George Abell observatory. Some hot drinks and nibbles will be provided during the afternoon, but no main meal will be provided in the evening. The observing session will be weather dependent - but if it is clear, remember to bring plenty of warm clothing (including hats, coats, gloves and scarves). This will be a ticketed event, so booking in advance is required. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Is there anybody out there? Looking for new worlds - 25th October

All day
Speculation about the existence of these extra-solar planets began centuries ago, but they remained undetected simply because revealing them is so difficult. This exhibit will demonstrate all three methods used to find exoplanets using games, interactive displays and video presentations.
The often-surprising properties of the known exoplanets are described and illustrated and scientists are on-hand to answer questions.
Speakers: Dr Carol Haswell, Astronomy; Dr Andrew Norton, Astrophysics

Mutable Matter- 25th October
All day
For more information (and discussion) please visit the project's weblog:
Speakers: Angela Last, geography research
Location: thecentre:MK

Touchdown on Titan - Luton Astronomical Society
- 30th October

Doors open 7:30pm, meeting starts 7:45
On January 14th 2005, the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe landed on the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Open University Professor of Space Science John Zarnecki, who worked on the project for 15 years, will describe the results from the mission, as well as from the Cassini spacecraft which continues to orbit the Saturnian system. He will also discuss plans for a return mission to Titan – even more ambitious than Cassini-Huygens.
Location: University of Bedfordshire, Putteridge Bury

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