Thursday, 27 March 2014

Thanks to everyone who made Reading Science Week 2014

Reading Science Week 2014 is now over - we were so busy we hardly got to blog. We'll be taking a break before bringing summer events and news to you. Because we had so much sci-fun we need a little lie down.

RSW14 was very successful, and we hope you had as much fun as we did! You can find videos and photos of events on our Facebook page here and please do share any photos you have.

Thanks to all of you who visited, participated, looked at local biodiversity, picked up a pencil, cheered on our Science slammers, stargazed, debated, listened and chatted with us to make RSW14 so much fun.

Thanks to all our hardworking volunteers and event organisers - RSW wouldn't be possible without people prepared to give up their time for free to help bring science to a wider audience.

Thanks to all the organisations who hosted our events or helped fund them, including the Museum of English Rural Life, Ure Museum, University of Reading, Rising Sun Arts Centre, The Outlook, Monroe's Cafe, South Street Arts Centre, Eppendorf, Fisher, Reading Borough Council and University of Reading Arts Committee.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Science Pub Quiz!

Reading Science Week 2014 has begun! Starting with Imagining Science's exhibition at The Rising Sun on Silver Street 15th-22nd, and the Science Pub Quiz on 16th at Wild Lime on Friar Street from 7.30pm. Entry is just £1 and you can pit your pop-sci wits against our quizmaster, with the chance of winning a prize.

To get you in the mood here are 3 questions ranging in difficulty; answers will be posted later so you can see how you did!


1 - What is dihydrogen oxide better known as?

2 - What was voted the ugliest animal in a poll run by The Ugly Animal Preservation Society and the National Science & Engineering Competition, to raise the profile of endangered aesthetically-challenged animals?
ANSWER: The blobfish - check him out here at the Ugly Animal Preservation Society

3 - What is the most common form of rain in the Solar System?
ANSWER: Diamond rain, which occurs on the gas giants when methane is hit by lightning, liberating carbon
How did you score? Whether you're a pop-sci guru, or just want to learn some fascinating science facts over a pint, out pub quiz is for you! Wild Lime, Friar St, Sun 16th March

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Symbiosis @ The Rising Sun Arts Centre

Reading Science Week is now just a few days away! The first event to open is Imagining Science's 'Symbiosis' exhibition at the Rising Sun Arts Centre, on Silver street in Reading, kicking off with a family day on Saturday 15th 11am-5pm. There will be drawing activities for all ages (parental supervision is required), and a cafe. Selected artworks will be on sale in aid of Brain Tumour Research, and include the rare UK opportunity to see work from US artist and scientific illustrator Michelle Anderst.

'Symbiotic Seattle 6' - Collaborative artworks by (L-R) Sharon Birzer, Jen Purnell, Immy Smith, Michelle Anderst, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Veronique Robigou, on luggage tags hand-dyed by Scott Mantooth. Luggage tags will be on sale in aid of Brain Tumour Research. 

This exhibition shows work from The Symbiosis Project, a collaboration between artists, scientific illustrators and scientists, looking at how art and science work together. The project uses lichen - a symbiosis between fungi and plant (algae), with a colourful history - to parallel the equally rich relationship between science and art. The exhibition features The Symbosis Book, a giant one-off handmade art book featuring artworks and specially prepared lichen specimens, thanks to Herbarium RNG at the University of Reading.

Artist Immy Smith and book-binder Beth Coin with the Symbiosis Book
To find out what's inside this huge unique artwork, see what lichen looks like through an electron microscope, and take part in a continuous collaborative drawing, come along to the exhibition during RSW '14 at the following times:

When: 15-22 March 2014
Opening Times
Saturday 15th: Family drawing day & exhibition - 11am-5pm
Mon 17th & Tue 18th: Art exhibition & The Symbiosis Book - 2pm-5pm
Weds 19th, Thurs 20th, Fri 21st: Art exhibition & The Symbiosis Book - 11am-5pm
Saturday 22nd: Family drawing day & exhibition - 11am-5pm
Please note: Parental supervision of children is required.
Where: Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver St, Reading, UK 

Fundraising for Brain Tumour Research
Supported by the University of Reading Arts Committee

Friday, 28 February 2014

New Event: Mummies @ Ure Museum


The Egyptian art of mummification is one of the most fascinating mysteries of ancient science and during this year’s Reading Science Week, the Ure Museum will reveal some of those secrets. Guests will have the chance to follow a trail around the Museum and learn about the Egyptian beliefs in the afterlife from the objects in the collection, and the methods and science of mummification. There will be a demonstration of how to mummify (using a fish!), and the opportunity to make your own model of an Egyptian mummy, complete with bandages and coffin case ready to safely travel to the afterlife (or come home with you!)

Event Details
  • Suitable Age: Family event suitable for children 6+ accompanied by an adult.
  • Date: Saturday 22nd March 2014 - 2.00pm to 4.00pm
  • Venue: Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, HUMSS Building, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading
  • Price: - free of charge but we ask for a contribution of £3.00 per child to cover materials. Accompanying adults are free.
  • Booking information: Spaces are limited so booking is required. Please call the Ure Museum at 0118 378 6990 or email
  • Additional information: For further information about this and the forthcoming events at the Ure Museum please see

Egyptian artifacts in the Ure Museum