The University of Bristol is a Festival of Nature favourite in Millennium Square, and each year we look forward to welcoming cutting-edge research from one of our universities, presented live and interactive by the researchers involved!
Keep on reading to find out more about the fantastic content on offer this year:
- The Bioacoustics and Behavioural Ecology research group studies anthropogenic noise and conflict behaviours. At Festival of Nature 2019, visitors to Millennium Square can experience how difficult communication can be during high levels of noise pollution. The team will be presenting visitors with a fully interactive ‘escape room’ challenge which will be made even harder by noise pollution: the aim of the game is to work with a partner to get yourself out!
- The Organic Geochemistry research group uses high-end analytical to investigate Earth systems at the molecular level. Their research helps us develop our understanding of the biogeochemistry of modern-day and ancient environments and the way that it is affected by natural processes and the actions of mankind. At Festival of Nature 2019, visitors to Millennium Square can see a range of displays and demonstrations including chromatography (the technique the use to separate out 1000s of compounds), carbon cycle puzzles, demonstrations of the greenhouse effect, archaeological displays, and more.
- The Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group measures greenhouse and ozone depleting gases at remote locations in the UK and Ireland, as well as modelling the impact of changing greenhouse gas emissions on earth’s atmosphere. At Festival of Nature 2019, visitors to Millennium Square can find out about methane, the most influential greenhouse gas in the atmosphere after carbon dioxide, make a methane molecule from plasticine and make a cow mask.
- The Centre for Applied Anatomy explores the structure of both the human and the animal body. They conduct dissections, and through this, understand how both our body and the bodies of our pets are built, in order to understand how the structure can go wrong and cause many diseases. At Festival of Nature 2019, visitors to Millennium Square can explore bones, potted specimens and models, get hands on with a huge variety of specimens from both local and exotic animals and can ask any questions about the body to our professional anatomists.
- The Biocomputer Lab uses a novel form of sequencing based on tiny tube-shaped proteins called nanopores to read DNA and understand how natural and our own engineered biological programs function. At Festival of Nature 2019, visitors to Millennium Square can become a biological engineer! Put on a cape and take on the challenge of reading and decoding hidden messages in DNA molecules by ‘feeling’ the unique shape of each nucleotide as they pass through your hands. Find out more about why proteins are important, and see real examples of colourful fluorescent proteins. Share your thoughts on the graffiti wall and tree of life about current issues in bioengineering.
- The Palaeobiology Research Group explores what extinction looked like and how it affected biodiversity. Experience being a palaeontologist and help us dig and identify bones. Speak to the specialists from the Bristol Dinosaur Project and Bristol DinoSoc to learn more about Bristol’s very own dinosaur Thecodontosaurus and the many other animals that roamed the land and sea around that time. There will also be an opportunity to delve into the microscopic world of palaeontology to find out more about the small, unsung heroes of evolution.