Content for the inquiring mind
25th February 2016

The content on the Scifest Africa 2016 programme has something for everyone. The Rhodes University Scifest Africa 2016 Programme is presented by the Faculties of Education, Pharmacy and Science. Find out more about the various departments, the world-class research done in each, and why Rhodes University is “where leaders learn”.

In A Huff and a Puff, watch a master at work and learn more about glass, its versatility and the art of glassblowing in this interactive demonstration. This workshop will take place on 2-4, 7 and 8 March. The Big, Bigger, Biggest Bang Show will explore some of the remarkable compositions, structures, properties and changes of matter or reactions that make up your world. Come along to the Department of Chemistry, to experience this once-off workshop, on 5 March at 10h50.

Dr Rob Gess will present a lecture titled The Rocks Beneath the Monument: A fossil time capsule which will allow you to travel back in time, and explore life when the rocks beneath your feet, were sands upon the shore. This lecture will take place on 3 March at 11h00 in the Monument, Olive Schreiner Hall. Jono Davy from the Department of Human Kinetics and Ergonomics will be look at the human circadian rhythm, or body clock. He will explore how it is influenced by/synchronised to the external environment, the role the body plays in the sleep-wake cycle and our ability to perform, the various factors that disrupt the body clock, and basic recommendations to maximise human performance while keeping the effects of the body clock in mind. Davy’s lecture will take place on 8 March at 11h00 in the Monument, Olive Schreiner Hall. To find out about the other lectures in the Scifest Africa 2016 programme, visit our website.

The Rhodes University Department of Mathematics will explore the festival theme, A matter of time in their exhibition this year. They will show how space and time are dynamic and intertwined and have always held a fascination for scientists. Learn more about the character of these concepts, the expansion of the Universe, and why mathematics is the language that underlies all sciences, through a selection of mind-bending mathematical games and puzzles. There will also be exhibitions by the Department of Geography and Faculty of Pharmacy.

The Etcetera Scifest Africa programme contains interactive events that refuse to be classified as lectures, workshops, or exhibitions. As the dust settles after a busy day at Scifest Africa, unwind with good food, good wine and good company at a local restaurant in A conversation with...  at Saint’s Bistro. Learn about the secret lives of our high-profile scientists over dinner in this new event format. A conversation with… will take place on 2 March at 20h00 at Saint’s Bistro. The cost per ticket is R200, and includes a three course meal, and a one drink.

To really make those brain cells work, join as at our Science Café. This is a global initiative which brings the public together with scientists and experts around science topics that are interesting, timely and often controversial. For individuals with an inquiring mind, these sessions are bound to unravel into lively conversation, laughter and heated debate. Talk about the chemistry of coffee and explore the question “Is the Universe unconscious?”. The Science Café will be hosted by local personalities Tony Lankester and Jane Morgan and will take place at 17h00 on 3 and 7 March respectively at Handmade Coffees.

Keep your eyes on the Scifest Africa website and Facebook page to see the line-up of who’s who for A Conversation With… and the Science Café sessions. Come on, you know you want to!

The festival is sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology. To find out more visit www.scifest.org.za to see the full Rhodes University and Etcetera programme or visit www.tickethut.co.za. Bookings are open on 0860 002 004 or www.tickethut.co.za.

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