Leading Scientists and Thinkers Announced for Bluedot 2018

We’re delighted to announce yet another incredible lineup for our acclaimed DotTalks series at bluedot this summer.

The multi award-winning festival, which returns to Jodrell Bank from 19- 22 July, will host more than 50 talks from leading scientists and thinkers including Richard Dawkins, Jim Al-Khalili, Dallas Campbell, Alice Roberts, Libby Jackson, and Dave Goulson.

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

With more than 50 academic talks and over 45 research teams, it’s no wonder that Bluedot has been dubbed the ‘Glastonbury of Science’. 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.

“Unique and out of this world” THE GUARDIAN

Highlights from the 2018 Dot Talks programme include…

  • Regarded as one of the greatest and most controversial thinkers of his time, Richard Dawkins will talk about his latest book Science for the Soul, and will team up with Jim Al-Khalili for a riveting ‘in conversation’ event.
  • Writer and broadcaster Alice Roberts delves into archaeology, history and genetics to reveal the amazing stories of three species that became our allies.
  • The BBC’s Dallas Campbell will discuss how to leave planet Earth.
  • Professor of Immunology at the University of Manchester Sheena Cruickshank will discuss the 38 trillion bacteria co-habiting our bodies!
  • Erica Wagner will bring to life her book Chief Engineer, which was named one of Amazon’s Best Science Books of 2017.
  • Hear from UK Space Agency’s manager of Human Spaceflight and Microgravity Programme, Libby Jackson.
  • Winner of the recent BBC 2 series ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes?’ Suzie Imber, will discuss how she endured the challenges of astronaut training.
  • The University of Manchester’s Daniel M Davis, talks about his widely acclaimed book The Beautiful Cure
  • Jodrell Bank’s  Sir Bernard Lovell Chair of Astrophysics Mike Garrett will discuss the hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence.
  • Monica Grady, professor of Planetary and Space Sciences at the Open University will return after her hugely popular talk in 2018

Also added to the science lineup today are Jim Wild, Richard Betts, Tom Allcock, Rachel Platonov, Jon Copley, Richard Battye, Kevin Warwick, Philippa Browning, Rene Breton, Paul Venezis, Julia Steinberger, Anna Scaife, and many more

Weekend Tickets are on sale now and can be booked online here.