Astronaut and all-round space hero Tim Peake will open this science-fuelled festival bringing more than 100 talks and experiences to the Excel Centre this week. Visitors will discover prehistoric cinema, see the ExoMars Rover in ‘person’, dig around in their own DNA and plenty more in four themed zones – Technology, Brain & Body, Cosmos, and Earth. VIP tickets will get you access to all the Main Stage’s programme of talks (including Peake’s) but this is our pick of the main line-up:
Where Are the Flying Monkeys?
Chance would allow for a vast number of genetic mutations, so how come we’ve ended up with so few? Evolutionary biologist Mark Pagel explores whether the earth’s species are perfect or just silly accidents.
Sat Sep 24, 11.30am.
Can You Think Yourself Well?
Learn about new discoveries into how much our minds can affect the health of our bodies from award-winning science journalist Dr Jo Marchant, who has worked at New Scientist and Nature.
Sep 23, 1.30pm.
The Meteorite in Tutankhamen's Tomb
The ancient Egyptians have plenty more surprises up their mummified sleeves. The Royal Observatory’s Marek Kukula explains how they used astronomy to look ahead.
Sun Sep 25, 12.30pm.