Wits University, in Johannesburg, is celebrating National Science Week between the 29th of July and 2nd of August with a week-long programme that’ll show off the institute’s cutting-edge research.

Few people know this, but the campus has a few attractions, including the planetarium and a Mirage fighter jet. The campus will also wheel out some science exhibits, including super frozen ice cream and flying robots. For refreshment there will be beer tasting, and it that doesn’t cool you off the university will be hosting water wars.

Those are the daytime activities. For people who can only make it in the evenings there will be talks on the following subjects at the Science Stadium in Braamfontein West. The talks will take place between 17h30 and 18h00.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013:

–       What do we know about the Universe? Presented by Prof. David Block, Director of the Cosmic Dust Laboratory sponsored by AECI and AVENG and Professor in the School of Computational and Applied Mathematics

–       What can the Square Kilometre Array Project tell us about the Universe? Presented by Prof. Sergio Colafrancesco, DST/NRF SKA Research Chair, Professor in Radio Astronomy;

–       Are we in danger from a meteorite strike? Presented by Prof. Roger Gibson, School of Geosciences

Thursday 1 August 2013:

–       Dancing with the Stars: Dung Beetle Celestial Navigation Presented by Prof. Marcus Byrne, Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences

–       The chemistry of healthy nutrition Presented by Dr Andrew Dinsmore, School of Chemistry;

–       Feathered Dinosaurs, Now in Amazing Technicolour Presented by Dr Jonah Choiniere, Evolutionary Studies Institute

In the name of promoting science, the talks will be open for everybody to attend.

Image credit: NASA APOD

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