From our nearest star to the outer limits of science

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This year the Research Councils are supporting five events at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival 2016, and there are plenty of other events and talks that will be "fascinating", as Spock would say.

For further details, please visit The Times Cheltenham Science Festival website.

The Research Council sponsored events are:

Why My Experiments Always Go Wrong? - Robert Winston, Wednesday 08 June 2016 16:00-17:00, Town Hall, Pillar Room

Science isn't about proving ideas, but about disproving ideas. This doesn't necessarily help the poor researcher sitting in the lab at 4am wondering for the 100th time why NOTHING IS WORKING!?!?!? Failed experiments and negative findings are crucial for scientific progress. Robert Winston draws on decades of research experience in this memoir of failure.

Gravitational Waves: What's The Attraction? Friday 10 June 2016 20:30-21:30, The Crucible

What exactly are gravitational waves? How did we finally detect them and how will they change the science of the future? Jim Al-Khalili interviews Sheila Rowan, Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research and UK lead on the international project in finding gravitational waves.

The Sun: Inside And Out - Friday 10 June 2016 14:30-15:30, EDF Energy Arena

What does the sun sound like? Join TV presenter and Solar physicist Lucie Green and astrophysicist Bill Chaplin as they take you on a tour of our Sun showing you what we know about it, how we find out and how it compares to other stars.

A beginners guide to quantum physics - Sunday 12 June 2016 12:00-13:00, EDF Energy Arena

An introduction to the strange, spooky and weird world of Quantum physics, physicist, Terry Rudolf gives you a beginners guide to the strange and surreal quantum world, where things can be in 2 places at the same time, light behaves as a particle and a wave, and what is up with that cat in a box?

Celebrating 50 Years of Star Trek - Sunday 12 June 2016 18:00-19:30, EDF Energy Arena

Join Jamie Gallagher and a host of scientists and sci fi lovers as they take a light hearted look at the influence Star Trek has had on scientists, science fiction and popular culture.