TechFest zooms in on science through the ages

TechFest events continue next week

In a series of online events as part of TechFest’s annual STEM Festival, amazing scientific discoveries, theories and inventions from history will be explored, opening up a world of exciting research and possibilities.

Going back in time, the TechFest team installed “webcams” ​​in the 17th century where the public will have the chance to virtually meet one of the great British geniuses, Sir Isaac Newton.

Using this modern technology, event attendees will be able to marvel at his incredible calculations, gasp in the face of gravity, and feel moved by the forces of movement.

On Monday 22 November at 7 p.m., Sir Isaac Zooms In…! is brought to you by David Hall and is suitable for ages eight and up.

This inspiring and interactive lecture will also explain how the seven colors of the rainbow were discovered by Newton himself, through his experiments on the refraction of light.

Known to be the most complicated organ in the human body, the brain is the subject of much research and more and more discoveries and intelligence are being made every day.

Digital festival-goers can learn more about recent research, which shows how specific regions of the brain contain neural stem cells capable of generating new neurons.

Join Dr Daniel Berg from the University of Aberdeen on Tuesday, November 23 at 7 p.m. for How to Grow New Brain Cells, where he will discuss the current knowledge about these stem cells and what we can do to activate them to renew themselves.

Spirits will be challenged Thursday, November 25 at 7 p.m. in Searching in the Dark.

Presented by Dr XinRan Liu of the University of Edinburgh, this very engaging session asks if there is more than what can be seen, touched or felt.

Considering the theories of the 19th century, Dr. XinRan Liu will discuss whether there is more to the universe than what can be detected by powerful scientific tools.

By weaving in new evidence that strongly indicates that a large percentage of the universe is in fact dark matter, public interest will be piqued in further exploring a topic that scientists themselves are still unraveling.

Reservations are now open for the events, which are part of TechFest’s 25-day digital live audience program.

TechFest CEO Sarah Chew said: “Each year we try to include a variety of events that are thought-provoking and inspire our audience.

“The inclusion of scientific events that show some of the initial discoveries that will forever remain in the history of the world, as well as the opening of conversations about ongoing research in the field of dark matter, encourage individuals to s ” become more actively involved in STEM and conduct their own research.

“Knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics surrounds us every day, whether it is a better understanding of our internal organs or the concept of daylight and rainbows, there is a subject to capture the interest of all. “

The festival will end on December 1 with Christmas content where audiences can then be directed to a STEM Advent calendar for the rest of the month.

TechFest’s STEM festival is supported by joint main sponsors, bp and Shell, with the public program also sponsored by Equinor.

Entrance to all events is free.

For more information and to book, visit the TechFest website at

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