Bluedot Festival’s Dot Talks programme launched

Bluedot will take you on a scientific voyage from the Antarctic to the depths of Space via live experiments, science discussions, shows & lots more!

After last summer’s incredible debut, we simply can’t wait for the return of Bluedot and this year we’ve raised the bar once again with an even bigger programme of music, arts, science, and cosmic culture.

With more than 50 academic talks and over 45 research teams, it’s no wonder that Bluedot has been dubbed the ‘Glastonbury of Science’ and a real highlight of the festival has to be its acclaimed Dot Talks series.

Curated by Jodrell Bank’s own, Professors  Tim O’Brien and  Teresa Anderson, the substantial programme of talks features a host of high-calibre speakers, cutting-edge presentations, and thought-provoking discussions.

In fact, with the chance to explore ground-breaking science, to access new ideas and the latest thinking, and to engage with so many speakers, scientists and researchers all in a single weekend, we’re sure that the Dot Talks series alone is reason enough to visit this fantastic festival.

“This bespoke, immersive, science-themed weekender offers something
unique and out of this world” –

Highlights from this year’s Dot Talks programme includes…

  • Chris Lintott will be celebrating ten years of the Galaxy Zoo citizen science project and inviting festival-goers to join the hunt for new pulsars and classifying galaxies
  • Along with leading the popular evening stargazing sessions at the festival, Pete Lawrence will also be discussing this summer’s total eclipse over the US
  • Founder of the Rocket Women website Vinita Marwaha Madill will talk about her work designing space suits for ESA and the role of women in space
  • Libby Jackson, manager of the Human Spaceflight and Microgravity Programme at the UK Space Agency, will discuss where spaceflight could take us next
  • The BBC’s Dallas Campbell will discuss how to leave planet Earth.
  • Jodrell Bank’s new Sir Bernard Lovell Chair of Astrophysics Mike Garrett will discuss the hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence.
  • Addressing the topic of climate change, the Met Office’s Richard Betts who will give an overview of the evidence and ask the question “Can we live with a warming planet?”
  • From the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, Sarah Bridle will explore the latest research on the Dark Side of the Universe.
  • Following her fantastic Lovell Lecture here at Jodrell Bank, Danielle George is back and will join the Big Question panel, chaired by Matthew Cobb
  • Aravind Vijayaraghavan will be here from Manchester’s new National Graphene Institute, talking about the strongest and lightest material known to humanity.
  • And another of our University of Manchester colleagues, Senior Lecturer in Immunology Sheena Cruickshank will talk about the amazing world of parasites.

Plus many, many, more…





Stay tuned for more Bluedot programme announcements here on our blog, including updates on what you can expect to see at this year’s Star Field (our popular science marketplace full of exhibits, stalls and interactive activities).

We’ll also be announcing news about the brand new Planet Field which has a special focus on the environment and climate change. And, we’ll be updating you on our Mission Control Exhibition space, and a host of family friendly science shows and activities, all in the next few weeks.

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