Leeds Festival of Science celebrates 10th anniversary

Leeds Festival of Science will include 'how to survive a zombie outbreak'

Leeds Festival of Science will include 'how to survive a zombie outbreak'

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How to survive a zombie outbreak, the maths behind cartoon series The Simpsons and a ceilidh to illustrate brain and body functions are just some of the exciting activities at this year’s Leeds Festival of Science.

Organisers at the University of Leeds say they have been busy planning the ‘biggest ever’ festival which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary and boasts public events covering science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The packed programme, which runs from March 13 to March 27 alongside events in Leeds schools, includes the festival’s official birthday party on Thursday March 19 at Stylus with an evening of science-themed events. Main billing on the night will be the science celidh, when dance will be used to illustrate how parts of the body and brain function. In between the dances, special guests will host a science comedy show and spoken word performance.

On March 26, ‘theoretical zombiologists’ will teach the real science behind a zombie outbreak and how to survive a pandemic in a tutorial at the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre.

The venue also hosts a talk on March 25 at 2.30pm by author Simon Singh on how The Simpsons’ mathematically-gifted gang of writers have used the show to explore the likes of calculus and geometry.

Shauni Sanderson, one of the festival organisers, said: “The events we’ve got on offer are some of the biggest and most unusual that we’ve done yet. We hope people will be really excited and come away inspired.”

For full details of all of the events visit the festival’s website at www.leeds.ac.uk/festivalofscience

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