Never to let a crisis go to waste with John Sauven (Director of Greenpeace UK) & Rob Sauven (MD of Vestas Technology UK Ltd)
The Economic crisis- could it be just the medicine we need?
The economic crisis is creating much hardship and renewable energy companies are suffering from global falling subsidies.
Yet much of the crisis is caused by us buying less of what we did not need. Is the crisis just what we need to re-think our economy..?
Use it to think out of the box. The crisis is not just economic. And it can’t be solved by traditional thinking. We need to rethink the way we live and work.
The most dangerous game: Exposing sixth formers to power tools with Alistair Lynn
Imagine back to the time when you were a sixth former: think about all the times when university students came into your school and put power tools in your hands and forced you to build robots? Sound familiar? No? I run a robotics competition for sixth formers that takes place over an academic year and involves building, programming and electronics. Madness you say? A flagrant disregard for health and safety? Maybe, but it’s awesome.
The Greenhouse Effect: with Michael Henehan
This will use a CO2 experiment to demonstrate the Greenhouse Effect and climate change.
Deep sea biology with Jen Durden
This is a journey to the deep sea, with lots of video footage from her Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) research, including bioluminescence footage. She will have fish, sea spiders, sponges, amphipods and sea stars among others stored in methylated spirits and formalin to show.
Coral reefs in crisis with Ed Smith
Coral bleaching, ocean acidification etc – involves isolating the pigments from corals and shining different colour lights at them to show them fluoresce.
Engineers without borders with Gordon Browne
As an engineer for Disaster Relief, and having worked with various Aid Agencies, providing technical support in countries such as Ethiopia, Congo, Somalia, Kosovo, Gordon outlines the Good Earth Trust and how simple technical solutions such as compressed earth block technology can save lives.
Volcanoes and modelling with Mike Cassidy
Demonstrating a model cross-section of a volcano, including eruptions …. He is also a trained magician
Radiation and background contamination with Ben Russell
Detecting nuclear contamination around the planet including the impact of Fukushima as well as in Arctic
Going nuclear? with Ben Timmermans
Ben is an ocean modeller, who presents the case for nuclear as a tool in lowering our carbon emissions. He has given a series of very calm, collected and rational (yet interesting) talks to the Art House, Southampton on the role of nuclear as part of an energy solution (or rather transition).
The future of energy with Dr Tony Curran
Fossil fuels are running out and they produce lots of CO2, so what are the alternatives? This talk will explore the increasing demand for energy and limits on current energy sources; and explore what renewable/low carbon energy solutions we will see in the future.
How the protest movement got fun with Anna Templeton and Damien Joyce from UK Uncut
UK Uncut, a network of anti-cuts campaigners, will take you on a journey through how, where and why the protest movement got exciting. Protesting isn’t just about marches and vigils. Looking at past protest movements overseas and in the UK, Uncut will reveal the power of creative resistance. Ever turned a Vodafone shop into a hospital? Ever seen a Barclays transformed into a comedy gig? Or held a street party with a twist outside Nick Clegg’s house? These are just some of the things that UK Uncut does. We’ll also provide a space for you to discuss your own interests and ideas, and give tips on how to do powerful actions on issues that affect your community.
If you’re up for some mind-expanding experiences at Bestival 2012 then you need to check our new Besti-versity Tent which will be inspiring one and all with a series of compelling talks by the cream of the future-thinking crop, running the gamut of intrigue from the weird & wonderful to the scientific and downright nerdy!
An Evening with Howard Marks
Since his release from prison Howard has been politically active, standing for parliament in four separate constituencies (Norwich South, Norwich North, Neath and Southampton Test) in the 1997 general election on the single issue of the legalisation of Cannabis, catalysing the formation of the Legalise Cannabis Alliance. He applied for the position of Drugs Tsar, created by the Labour government in the late 90s but Keith Halliwell ‘pipped me at the post’. He continues to campaign vigorously for the legalisation of recreational drugs
Voice of an angle with Helen Arney
Le Geek, c’est chic! New show of stand-up science, songs and silliness from Geek Songstress, Festival of the Spoken Nerd-ette and purveyor of the finest musical comedy.In Dave TV’s ‘Top 10 stand-ups to see in 2011’ and hailed as the ‘Thinking Nerd’s Crumpet’, Helen has appeared on Radio 4’s ‘Infinite Monkey Cage’ and ‘Wondermentalist Cabaret’, featured on BBC 6Music and toured with Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince in ‘Uncaged Monkeys’.
No Straight Lines: making sense of our non-linear world with Alan Moore
No Straight Lines is a journey into our post industrial future showing we have the means to navigate from an industrial world to a better one by seeing these problems as a unique design challenge, and say, ‘we can create better for societies, organisations, and commerce’ – all at the same time. We can deliver organisational capability that is more sustainable, more agile, and businesses that are designed around the needs of people, that offers more meaning in the work we do, that are more inclusive, more relevant, and that can deliver an economic vibrancy for which the industrial revolution was once celebrated for.
Climate Change, Water Stress & the work of Wateraid with Sandy Strallen of Wateraid
Our co-existence on the planet and our natural desire to continue to do so is entirely reliant on a commonwealth of initiatives, global compassion and occasional corporate enlightened self- interest.
Magnitudes of climate change and the capacity to react to them, how to marshall and equably share the world’s under pressure natural resources – especially Water – these have become a number one priority. How are we addressing them and where and how does Wateraid help directly
From Independent to Indie: 50 Years of Rogue Recordings with Jeffery Lewis
Long before “indie” was a genre, the world of independently-made recordings existed as a strange sub-strata of the music biz. More of a mix-tape than a scholarly talk, Jeffrey Lewis takes us through a few decades worth of some of his favorite examples of these “private press” recordings, exploring how the realm of these fringe albums changed when the punk movement made independence into a point of pride rather than a stigma.
Sound Science with Dr Steve Dorney
Some weird, wonderful and unexpected ways that sound can be generated, and the science of acoustics behind them. This hands-on session promises to be both informative and fun!
The future: the chemistry perspective with Dr Ben Littlefield
Chemistry is a fundamental science that can be used to try and solve the problems of the future. Through exciting demonstrations and interactive debates this session will explore the cutting edge research carried out at the University of Southampton’s chemistry department, and how it might change your life.
Catching Hay Fever on the Moon and other Curious Facts about Humans in Space with Simon George
Exploration of space is a topic which has captivated humans for generations, but has only become a reality in the last 50 years. Despite technological advances, space is still a pretty dangerous place for homo sapiens. This talk discusses what really happens to humans in space, the dangers and possibilities of space travel, why being on the moon could give us hay fever and why we don’t yet have doors that go ‘whooosh’.
The Micro-industrial Revolution: 3D-Printing with Will Ashley
Few inventions have been revolutionary enough to shape mankind to where it is now: the Gutenberg Revolution allowed for dissemination of ideas, the Industrial Revolution allowed for mass manufacture. Now we stand on the verge of a Micro-industrial revolution that combines the two: the ability to design and manufacture objects by 3D-printing them.
The future of music with Dr Martin James