Science Arena Announced! June 13, 2013

Our Live From Jodrell Bank series is acclaimed as much for it’s otherworldly dimensions of its Science Arena activity as it is for the transcendent sounds of the artists that perform at the unique events and we can now announce details of our Science Area, one of the largest in the UK.

As well as a Science Arena, Jodrell Bank Astrophysicist Dr Tim O’Brien will be putting the giant Lovell telescope through its paces live from stage; Find out more about pulsars, rapidly rotating stars and he’ll be sending out radio waves across the universe!..

Dr Tim O’Brien, Associate Director of Jodrell Bank and Science Director for the Live from Jodrell Bank series, says “This is the third year for Live from Jodrell Bank and this Science Arena is definitely the best yet! Where else can you get to listen to great live music whilst making your own Nobel Prize-winning wonder material graphene, seeing real Moon rocks and meeting scientists working on the Big Bang, the Higgs Boson and the search for life on other planets.”

Highlights from the Science Arena include:

Explore the Universe with Jodrell Bank - Find out how astronomers at Jodrell Bank use telescopes across the world and in space to learn more about the Universe. Meet the scientists in a series of short talks on topics from the Big Bang to the search for Earth-like planets, find out who’s hot and who’s cool while you explore the invisible Universe and get hands-on with telescopes.

Noisy Toys -  Come and get your Nose Tested on our brand new Mobile Experiment Trolley!  The Noise Technicians will also test a selection of vegetables; animate some Goop and fire lentils around with Bass Power from our hacked Hard Drives.  Follow the BOOOOM!!

Exploring the Earth and Solar System - Venture into the fascinating world of planetary science with our collection of real moon and meteorite samples and thin sections – learn about how the world we live on formed and how it has changed since then! Be sure to check out our meteorite impacting experiment, reprocess your very own planet surface with our volcano experiment and don’t forget to plan out your very own space exploration mission!

Physics in the Field  -  Visitors have the chance to observe and partake in science demonstrations.  These demonstrate various physical phenomena using household items such as growing marshmallows in a vacuum.

Science behind the Music - Learn all about sound, and how it’s used to make music. Make musical instruments out of carrots, speakers out of plastic cups, and other hands-on experiments to try and do.

Chemistry Glows! - Learn why things glow in the dark, make your own glow or coloured polymer gloop and be able to see that some everyday objects around us are radioactive and that it is safe. All the activities are interactive and safe

Graphene – Unexpected Science in a Pencil Line  //  Visitors will be able to make their own graphene using sticky tape and graphite and observe the graphene under an optical microscope. Visitors will also be able to explore the atomic structure of graphene using a virtual transmission electron microscope app

Light for Life  -  Light is being used to enhance our lives in the 21st century.  Hands on demonstrations will be provided on how light can be used to study basic science, generate clean energy and monitor health

Live on Stage - See the amazing giant Lovell Telescope in action as Jodrell Bank Astrophysicist Tim O’Brien puts it through its paces live from stage! Find out more about pulsars, rapidly rotating stars the size of a large city that send out radio waves across the Universe

See the Experts - Meet Jodrell Bank scientists and engineers working at the cutting edge of science and find out about the latest research

eMerlin - Find out about eMERLIN, the UK-wide network of telescopes run from Jodrell Bank!


Cell Cookies -  Make tasty treats and learn about the cells in your body. We’ll see microscope images showing the inside of human cells and decorate cookies to look like them.

Large Hadron Collider -  The STFC exhibit features stunning and iconic science images with interactive exhibits demonstrating how the UK is playing a leading role in the world’s biggest scientific experiment, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva recreating the conditions existing a billionth of a second after the beginning of the Universe.


#Scanners  By AlbinoMosquito  -  Scanners is a new immersive art installation that literally reads your brain waves allows you use the power of your thoughts to edit the film you are watching.

Sound Lab  -  A tonoscope is an acoustic device that allows you to see beautiful patterns which are created by the sound of your voice.

Plants that bite back -  Come and examine up close the many ways carnivorous plants can catch their unsuspecting prey. Try to identify the contents of a trap (insect heads, decomposing bees …..?)

Tickets still on sale for all shows: