Festival of the Future

Our flagship festival programme that celebrates and enhances collaboration between science, art, and culture.

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Welcome to the 2021 edition of Festival of the Future. This year we have strongly focussed on the themes of climate change and enjoying nature and we hope that this year’s programme will spark your curiosity and fuel your enthusiasm.

We hope we can ignite your imagination with online talks, interactive games and activities, self-guided walks, and art experiences. We have a host of books and comics to read and podcasts to listen to which will enlighten and stimulate your thought process around issues that affect us all whilst giving you a flavour of some of the work that takes place at the University of Dundee.

During the festival, we might be inspired to reflect on how much can be achieved by science, art, and culture coming together inspiring us all to think global and act locally.

This webpage is being updated with more events and activities, so please do check back regularly for the most up-to-date information.

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Online talks

Event

Thursday 21 October 2021, 14:00 - 15:30

In the lead up to COP26 join us for a series of four events where we will discuss some of the key issues around climate change. Join us as we look at how energy is affected by climate change. Booking essential.

Online talk | Free

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View Demystifying Machine Learning

Event

Tuesday 26 October 2021, 18:00 - 19:00

Take part in this interactive seminar as scientist Kaushik Hatti discusses artificial intelligence and machine learning and tries to demystify what they are and how they work. Booking essential.

Online talk | Free

Interactive activities

Interactive games

Slide to start Space Adventure game
View Space adventures

Event

Friday 1 October 2021, 00:00 - Sunday 31 October 2021, 00:00

Can you answer these questions about space travel to help the astronauts find their way in this interactive game?

Interactive game | Free

Evidence chamber logo
View Evidence Chamber

Event

Thursday 14 October 2021, 19:00 - 21:30

There’s been a murder. The police have a suspect, but the evidence doesn’t paint a clear picture. In an online jury deliberation room, you watch the testimonies, scrutinise the evidence, discuss with your fellow jurors – and reach your verdict. The decision you make will change someone’s life: what will you choose? Booking essential.

Interactive game | £7.50

Exploring Dundee

Watch

Ageing Society
View Ageing Society

Event

Friday 1 October 2021, 00:00 - Sunday 31 October 2021, 00:00

What impact does an ageing population have on the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups, communities and societies?

Watch on-demand | Free

Being Human logo
View Revisiting Being Human 2020

Event

Friday 1 October 2021, 00:00 - Sunday 31 October 2021, 00:00

The 2020 Being Human programme, The Lunar City, features a collection of moon-inspired videos aimed to raise awareness on Dundee’s unlikely connection to a nineteenth-century moon hoax. No booking required.

Watch on-demand | Free

Listen

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View Podcasts

Event

Friday 1 October 2021, 00:00 - Sunday 31 October 2021, 00:00

Short, fun and full of surprises – listen out for famous folk and fascinating facts about the University of Dundee

Podcast | Free

Read

Fibromyalgia and us comic
View Fibromyalgia and Us Comic

Event

Friday 1 October 2021, 00:00 - Sunday 31 October 2021, 00:00

This comic has been designed with the purpose of raising awareness of fibromyalgia. It illustrates the ongoing life transitions of those who have fibromyalgia as well as its impact on significant others.

Read | Free