Science in the Cinema

24 February 2016, 7.30 PM - 24 February 2016, 10.56 PM

10 QECDT student researchers as well as a screening of GATTACA

The Cube, Bristol

From cloning dinosaurs to the elastic properties of the Incredible Hulk’s trousers, science is often a crucial part of movies. Join a troupe of professional nerds (University of Bristol researchers) as they tackle the good, the bad and the ugly uses of science in the cinema. In ten short talks they’ll break down, explain and demonstrate the details behind cinemas greatest and not so greatest portrayals of science and tech. From teleportation to hover-boards, you’ll leave a little wiser about the realities behind some of the fictions. Following the talks will be a screening of GATTACA – the 1997 genetic dystopian sci-fi starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, which was voted ‘Best science film’ in our survey of scientists for 2015/16.

For the Science in the cinema project, each student prepares a 5 minute talk based around a scientific topic that features prominently in the cinema. Students use props, demonstrations, and no small amount of stagecraft, to prepare an engaging explaination of their topic for a general audience.

Students deliver their short talks back-to-back for a large general public audience at the Cube Cinema Bristol. This hour of talks is followed by a screening of the film voted to have 'best scientific content'.

Throughout this project students gain invaluable experience in structuring explanations of complex information. The accompanying lectures also carefully cover useful techniques for scripting and presenting a technical talk, which students immediately put into practise when working on their projects. Towards the end of the course, careful instruction is given on how to integrate the skills they have practised in a more common academic context.

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