British Science Festival, 10 – 15 September

We’re heading off to the annual smorgasbord of science that is the British Science Festival next week.

This year’s festival is in Bradford, and as usual, there will be an array of geology-themed events on offer.

We look forward to seeing you there – and if you can’t make it, there will be plenty of updates on the blog…

Geology section events:

Monday 12th September, 1pm – 4pm
‘Metals, mines and mobiles’
Organised in collaboration with the British Geological Survey

High tech industries making smart phones, laptops and solar cells rely on exotic metals that are in high demand such as neodymium and tantalum. This event will examine the life cycle of these ‘technology metals’, from their origins in the Earth, through their extraction, use, re-use and substitution by man, to their ultimate fate in the natural environment.

Tuesday 13th September, 10am – 11am
‘The evolution of water on Mars’ (Halstead Lecture)
Supported by the Halstead Committee and the Geologists’ Association

One of the most fundamental questions that we can ask is whether we are alone in the universe. In the coming decade and beyond, studies of the habitability of Mars will drive and constrain the search for life. In this talk Dr Peter Grindrod will unravel the history of water and habitability of Mars by discussing the geological exploration of the planet.

Tuesday 13th September, 3.30pm – 5.30pm
‘Sherlock Holmes to CSI: How geologists help solve crimes’
Organised in collaboration with the Forensic Geoscience Group of the Geological Society

Find out how forensic geology has gone from a work of fiction to a real life technique for investigating crimes, from describing the soil on a shoe to searching for criminal burials or victims of homicide and natural disaster. Armed with information about various techniques, you can participate in an interactive crime scene investigation – so don’t forget your deerstalker!

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