This year’s theme is ‘Glasgow Innovates’ and many of the 60+ eventsacross the two-week run of the festival are linked to recent breakthroughs in science, including the detection of gravitational waves which was announced in February this year, giving astronomers a whole new way of hearing the universe.

An event on June 10 will bring together the University of Glasgow scientists involved in the discovery and include a live link-up with the LIGO Livingston Observatory in Louisiana, where the first detection was made.

The Zika virus, the subject of an ongoing epidemic in Brazil is the focus for a panel discussion on June 15. Recently, handwritten notes by Professor Alexander Haddow, a Glasgow scientist whose expeditions led to the original discovery of the virus were rediscovered in archives at the University of Glasgow. These will be on display at a reception following the talk.

Air Time with VentureJam, which is being delivered by Young Scot, SEPA and Glasgow City of Science on June 18, will see young people take part in activities, science experiments and learning around the harmful impacts of poor air quality. And industry and engagement experts will come together on June 14 to explore Future Proofing Innovation in Scotland’s flourishing space sector.

Glasgow Caledonian University will be celebrating the research shaping health, engineering and business at its Research Day on June 10 with the chance to meet experts, public talks and interactive displays.

And you can explore the contribution researchers at University of Strathclyde make to solving real-world challenges in an exhibition, Images of Research: Our Vision, Your Tomorrow. Between June 13 and 17, the images are on display at Drygate Brewery.

The festival was co-founded in 2006 by marine biologist Dr Deborah McNeill and physicist Dr Rebecca Crawford.

Dr McNeill said: “During my time at university, I found that there were lots of scientists doing incredible research that nobody knew about. Over the past decade, Glasgow Science Festival has given these scientists a place to share their fascinating stories of discovery with the public, connecting Glaswegians with the cutting-edge research happening right here in the city.

“This year, our Glasgow Innovates themed programme will highlight Glasgow’s rich heritage and bright future as a city of innovation, linking with Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. Whether it’s the ground-breaking detection of gravitational waves or the original discovery of the Zika virus, Glasgow scientists continue to lead the way on the world stage.”

Glasgow Science Festival culminates in a flagship family day on June 19 with the Science Sunday Big Birthday Bash, brought to you by real life scientists from Glasgow.


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