The multi-award-winning New Scientist Live event will debut in Manchester Central from 12-14 Mar, filling the complex to the brim with wonder, discovery and innovation across four themes: the brain and body, technology and engineering, Earth, and the universe.

A vast gallery of life-changing discoveries, existential questions and blueprints for our future; this is an unmissable weekend for those curious about every aspect of our reality.

Experience the Future

With technology one of the four main themes of the event, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the bleeding edge first-hand. Salford University’s GameLab will reveal next-generation VR capabilities while aerospace and defence giant Thales will offer demonstrations of the Royal Navy’s latest gadgetry. The Henry Royce Institute is providing interactive showcases of pioneering high-tech materials, and you’ll even get a look inside our future’s potential energy source: the core of an artificial star.

Have a Go

Across 30+ exhibitors, there is a dizzying amount of hands-on fun available to attendees. Birmingham City University will recruit enthusiasts for a giant game of Operation, while Staffordshore University will require the help of the hawk-eyed amateur detectives in solving their mock crime scene. Moving stall-by-stall from the near future to the distant past, other interactive activities include Wessex Archaeology’s virtual drone, and the ancient craft zone’s resurrection of humanity’s oldest technologies.

Touchy Subject

Heading back to the future, the University of Sussex’s INTERACT Lab will be on hand to give you a teaser of how we will engage with the computers of tomorrow. Acoustic levitation, mid-air touch feedback technology and space-age materials that can manipulate sound waves—here is tangible proof that the only limit is the human imagination.

Get Lost in Space

If the centre of a synthetic star isn’t enough to satisfy would-be astronauts, New Scientist Discovery Tours offer the chance to smell space itself—a rare privilege, as it’s considered somewhat risky for actual astronauts on the job. From there, you can wander into the pop-up planetarium to take in an immersive documentary on the historic Apollo program.

Lifesaving Tech

With an eye turned to the future of human health, Alzheimer’s Research UK will be at New Scientist Live to present groundbreaking wearable technology which aims to help detect dementia early. A disease that affects one in six people over 80, the latest advances on display here emphasise the importance of applied technology in developing future medical aid that will alter our species for the better.

A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Sat 12 Mar - Mon 14 Mar, Manchester Central,
Windmill Street, Manchester M2 3GX
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Fri 4 Mar 2022