Upcoming Event: Girl Geek Dinner: Space Rocks On Ice – Part of MSF16

Tuesday 25th October 6.30pm- Tickets £5 including dinner

NoHo, Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1FB

Join us for our Manchester Science Festival 2016 event, with a talk from Dr Katherine Joy of the University of Manchester.

Meteorites shed light on the origin of the Solar System and on the geological history of different planetary bodies. Antarctica is unique collection ground for meteorites – it very cold so preserves them well, the black meteorites are easy to spot against the white ice, and meteorites samples are often concentrated together on the ice along the Transantarctic mountain range. Katherine Joy will outline her experience in travelling to collect meteorites with the US Antarctic Search for Meteorites Programme, and talk about the scientific reasons we go and collect these stones from space.

Katherine Joy obtained her PhD in studies of lunar evolution from University College London in 2007, where she combined data from the European Space Agency’s SMART-1 mission and studies of lunar meteorites. She then held a postdoctoral research position at Birkbeck College where she studied data from the X-ray instrument on the Indian Chandrayaan-1 mission. In 2010 Katherine took up a postdoctoral research post in Houston, Texas where she was based at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA Johnson Space Centre as a NLSI postdoctoral research fellow. She studied samples returned by the Apollo 16 mission in order to study the Moon’s impact record. In 2012 Katherine returned to the UK to work at the University of Manchester where she investigates the bombardment history of the Moon and inner Solar System. She has twice joined the US Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) programme, spending two field season’s on the ice collecting meteorites.

Tickets: http://sciencefestival.seetickets.com/event/girl-geek-dinner-space-rocks-on-ice/noho/1011326/

Please note this is an over-12s event only

 

Upcoming event: Girl Geek Dinner – Big Data with Timandra Harkness

Monday 5th September 2016, 6.30pm-9pm. Tickets: £6 including dinner.

Twenty Twenty Two, The Basement, 20 Dale Street (entrance on Little Lever Street), Manchester M1 1EZ

Stand-up comedian, author and broadcaster Timandra Harkness, whose latest book is Big Data: Does Size Matter?, will be joining us for an entertaining overview of big data, from the very first time a caveperson carved a tally of how many beasts they’d killed, right through to the modern gigantic science experiments churning out hundreds of terabytes of data every day.

We’ll also have a delicious dinner, and the usual chance to meet and network with other Girl Geeks. Tickets cost only £6, and include your meal. Drinks will also be available.Big Data Book

And, of you’d like to buy a copy of Timandra’s book, Big Data: Does Size Matter? we’ll have a small number of copies available to buy for £15 (for the hardback) – you can even pre-order when you buy your ticket, to save bringing cash on the night.

Timandra Harkness is a writer, presenter and comedian. She presents BBC Radio 4 science shows FutureProofing and Human Zoo, hosts and chairs live events, and writes columns for print and online publications. She’s performed several different comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, and her book, Big Data: Does Size Matter? came out in spring 2016. In her spare time she enjoys opera, motorcycles, and talking to strangers.

Tickets: ggd-bigdata.eventbrite.co.uk

Accessibility: Although Twenty Twenty Two is on the lower ground floor, step-free access is possible via the entrance on Dale St. Please let us know when booking if you require this so we can provide full details.

Please note this is an over 18s event only. We’re really sorry, but to venue licensing restrictions, we’re unable to open this particular event to under 18s.

GGTP #55: Girl Geek Iced Tea Party with Dr Suze Kundu

Suze Kundu - photo from the ScienceGrrl calendar

Click here to book tickets: £4 each including materials

Materials scientist and nanochemist Dr Suze Kundu is coming to run a hands-on materials science workshop, and the theme will be all things frozen! We’re calling it a Girl Geek Iced Tea Party, because we love puns. From supercooled substances to snowmen that never melt, it will definitely be very, very cool. More details will be confirmed shortly.

As always, we’ll have our usual tea, coffee and cakes, and if you feel inspired by the theme to bake something frosty-themed (snowflake shaped biscuits? fridge cake?) feel free to bring it along.

MMU Digital Innovation logoWe’re back at MMU’s The Shed, which is on Chester Street (opposite Nando’s, just off Oxford Road where the BBC used to be). The venue is wheelchair accessible, and if you have any other access needs please get in touch.

Tickets, including materials, are £4 each and can be booked on our Eventbrite page here.