24 - Glasgow Science Festival at the Riverside

Riverside Museum ‌
8th & 9th June
All ages


Join researchers from the University of Glasgow and The Open University in the Riverside Museum for a weekend of exploration! Play with optical illusions and learn how your imagination affects your perceptions of the world. Discover how music affects the brain and helps those with neurological conditions. Challenge yourself to build a bridge without any supports. And be a crime scene investigator for the day by getting hands-on with forensic techniques.

More information on what's in store is provided below.


Connecting through Music - 8 & 9 June
Music can lift our mood or move us to tears. Join the University of Glasgow to explore how music affects the brain, how mood and age influence our music selection, and how music can help those with neurological conditions such as stroke, dementia, and Parkinson's.

Perceive Reality for the First Time – 8 & 9 June
Join the University of Glasgow to experience various hallucinations and illusions. Learn more about the wonders of your mind and the way that your imagination can affect your perceptions of the world around you.

Self-Supporting Structures – 9 June only
Can you build a bridge from sticks, using no glue or fastenings of any kind? The principle was developed by Leonardo da Vinci, one of the world’s most famous artists who lived from 1452 – 1519.  Join The Open University to explore the principles behind da Vinci’s design as you work out how to build your own self-supporting bridge. 

Who Stole the Car? A Crime Scene Investigation – 9 June only
Three people have been arrested on suspicion of car theft but all three say that they are innocent. There are no witnesses but crime scene investigators have found fibres on the car seats. Using well-known forensic techniques, join members of The Open University’s School of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences, and let’s work out who stole the car!

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First published: 7 February 2019