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Science Festival 2012

Science Festival 2012

12th - 25th March 2012

Various venues

Ages 10+

For events at SPRI, pre-book via telephone: 01223 336540 or e-mail: enquiries@spri.cam.ac.uk (unless otherwise stated)

Volcanoes: beauty and menace

Volcanoes: beauty and menace

Weekdays until 5th April 2012, 9am - 5pm

An exhibition of photographs of volcanoes and major volcanic eruptions, their hazards and consequences (1980 to the present).

Eruptions that shook the world

Eruptions that shook the world

Tuesday 13 March 2012, 6pm - 7pm, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms

Clive Oppenheimer explores geological, historical and archaeological records to ask how volcanic eruptions have shaped the trajectory of human society through prehistory and history. He looks at the evidence for volcanic cataclysm and considers how we can prepare ourselves for future catastrophes.

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Science on Ice

Science on ice

Saturday 17th March 2012, 10.30am – 3pm, Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI)

Meet polar scientists. Learn about research taking place in the polar regions – under water, under ground, on ice and in the air. Explore the British Antarctic Survey modern field camp display and find out what it's like living and working in Antarctica. Hands-on, Ages 5+.

Who pulled out the plug?

Who pulled out the plug?

Saturday 17th March 2012, 12.30pm – 1.30pm, Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI)

Something is causing dramatic drainage of surface lakes on the Greenland ice sheet – what's the secret? With Dr Ian Willis.

Are trees invading the Arctic?

Are trees invading the Arctic?

Saturday 17th March 2012, 1.30pm – 2.30pm, Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI)

Beware – trees are on the move – find out how, where and why. With Dr Gareth Rees.

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Lake Ellsworth Mission

Lake Ellsworth Mission

Saturday 17th March 2012, 2.30pm – 4pm, Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI)

Will we find signs of life in a sub-glacial lake, buried beneath 3km of ice and untouched for up to half a million years? A member of the Lake Ellsworth Mission team gives an insider's view of the project.

Extreme science: Scott's British Antarctic Expedition

Extreme science: Scott's British Antarctic Expedition

Thursday 22 March 2012, 7.00pm - 8.30pm, Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI)

Would you take a journey to the coldest place on earth, camp on the ice, walk through blizzards and climb volcanoes for science? Find out more about the science of Scott's last expedition to Antarctica, and what being a polar scientist was like 100 years ago from researchers who work in Antarctica today. Speakers include Professor Liz Morris (SPRI), Clive Oppenheimer (Geography Dept) & Simon Morley (BAS).