Skip to main content

The Science of Christmas event is free to attend and will feature a series of talks and demonstrations aimed at children.

Children invited to explore the science of Christmas

Top scientists will put their minds to Christmas conundrums at a family friendly science event in Falmouth on Wednesday 14 December.

Some of the University of Exeter’s brightest sparks will tackle questions including: How does Santa get round the world so quickly, why is Rudolf’s nose red, and do animals give gifts?

The Science of Christmas event, at the Poly, is free to attend and will feature a series of talks and demonstrations all aimed at children.

Event organiser Katrina Thompson, of the University of Exeter, said: ‘’Following the success of the last few years, we are delighted to be running the Science of Christmas again this festive season.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase some of the exciting work we do here, and the talented researchers we have, while also providing an excuse to get in the Christmas spirit – we will all be sporting our reindeer jumpers and Santa hats!”

Experts at the event – all from the university’s Penryn Campus – will include Dr Lena Bayer-Wilfert, Senior Lecturer in Molecular Evolution, who will explain why Rudolf has a red nose.

Dr Ben Raymond, Associate Professor in Microbial Ecology and Entomology, will talk about gift giving in the biological world.

The Science of Christmas is primarily designed to entertain, and there will be festive sweets at the end of the evening.

The event will start at 7pm and tickets are available at Eventbrite. Attendees should print and bring their tickets.

Date: 25 November 2016

Read more University News