THE star of Channel 4’s Inside Nature’s Giants is giving two free family lectures in Sheffield.
Science Brainwaves, a group based at the University of Sheffield, is welcoming BAFTA-winning presenter Simon Watt for two Christmas lectures aimed at children tomorrow, Friday.
In London, the Royal Institution has long held a series of prestigious Christmas lectures, aimed at children, usually involving top scientists, and now Sheffield has its own.
Simon’s first talk, called Dr Death and his Medi-Evil Medicine Show, promises a historically and scientifically accurate romp through the history of medicine in pantomime form. Science Brainwaves say: “Sneezes, wheezes, sickness and diseases are never welcome. But in the past, some of the treatments could be worse than the underlying illness.
“Join the time-travelling ‘Doctor Death’, Simon Watt, to see if he can ‘cure’ you. Featuring guts, goo and a little bit of puppetry, this event will be suitable for families with children aged six to 12.”
The second lecture is Dissections Uncut, a behind-the-scenes look at Inside Nature’s Giants, when Simon will be looking at some of the fascinating science that didn’t make the final cut, as scientists got under the skin of some of the biggest creatures in the world.
This lecture is suitable for adults and families with children aged 12-plus.
The lectures will be separated by an hour-long drinks reception, with hands-on activities, refreshments and the chance to find out more about Science Brainwaves.
Both lectures are free but tickets must be reserved in advance.
Science Brainwaves is a science communication group that aims to enthuse the general public about the subject by holding fun events around South Yorkshire including after school clubs, film nights, quizzes and public lectures.
The group’s website is at www.sciencebrainwaves.com, which has a booking form for the Christmas lectures.
Dr Death and His Medi-Evil Medicine Show is on at 5.30pm–6.30pm and Dissections Uncut takes place from 7.30pm-8.30pm at the Richard Roberts Auditorium at the university on Western Bank.