Disturbing the Universe

David L Clements, science and science fiction

My Mancunicon Programme

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Opening Ceremony – Meet the Guests of Honour

Friday 12:00 – 12:30, Deansgate 2&3 (Hilton Deansgate)

Come to the opening of our bee hive, and listen to the Guests of Honour introduce themselves and ask each other questions about their work and whatever topics take their fancy.

Gravitational Wave Astronomy

Friday 13:00 – 14:00, Deansgate 3 (Hilton Deansgate)

James McKee gives a talk about LIGO and Gravitational Wave Astronomy, followed by a panel disussion on the physics result of the year.

NewCon Press Book Launch

Friday 17:30 – 18:30, Presidential Suite (Hilton Deansgate)

Come and join us for the launch of four books, including David L. Clements’ first collection of short fiction.

Azanian Bridges – Nick Wood
The 1000 Year Reich – Ian Watson
Splinters of Truth – Storm Constantine
Disturbed Universes – David L. Clements

How Space Science Happens

Saturday 10:00 – 11:00, Deansgate 3 (Hilton Deansgate)

Large space projects like Herschel and Planck take a long time to happen and this also applies to big science projects on the ground like LIGO and the LHC. What is the inside story of such projects, the ones we hear about, the ones that never succeed, and what is happening next (where next could mean the 2030s)?

Balancing the Creative Life

Saturday 13:00 – 14:00, Deansgate 3 (Hilton Deansgate)

How do you keep a day job, AND read AND go to galleries AND network AND absorb enough of the world to keep your brain well-fed inspired and energised enough to create?

Kaffeeklatsch with David L. Clements

Saturday 16:00 – 17:00, Room 10 (Hilton Deansgate)

A chance to sit and chat in a small group with one of our Guests of Honour, physicist and fan David L. Clements. Sign up in advance at Ops.

Public Engagement with Science

Sunday 14:30 – 15:30, Deansgate 3 (Hilton Deansgate)

The Wellcome Trust give money for public engagement (£10m a year!) but only for biology. NASA is brilliant at working with social media. To what extent is public understanding of science helped by such work? Do public engagement exercises actually just preach to the converted? Given that careers are based on publications and non-public engagement grant money, can we really expect scientists to engage with the public?

Science Programming for Conventions

Monday 11:30 – 12:30, Room 7 (Hilton Deansgate)

What should a science programme look like? What do fans want to see? Who “owns” the topic? This panel includes a range of people with different experience in attending and running conventions and different backgrounds in science.

Guest of Honour – David L. Clements

Monday 13:00 – 14:00, Deansgate 2&3 (Hilton Deansgate)

David L. Clements is an astrophysicist specialising in extragalactic astronomy and observational cosmology, but he also writes science fiction and has been published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact and a variety of anthologies.

He works at Imperial College London, where as well as his astrophysics duties he runs the Science for Fiction presentation series where science fiction authors can hear about cutting edge science from practising scientists.

His latest book was Infrared Astronomy – Seeing the Heat: from William Herschel to the Herschel Space Observatory (CRC Press), which explores how the discovery of infrared light in 1800 and its subsequent use by astronomers has increased our knowledge of the nature of the universe.
His first fiction collection Disturbed Universe, will be launched at Mancunicon by NewCon Press.

Closing Ceremony

Monday 16:00 – 17:00, Deansgate 2&3 (Hilton Deansgate)

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Author: davecl

Astronomy, science, science fiction

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