07 Mar


Tuesday 19 September, 2017 @ 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Upper Lounge

Wearable technology, video calls and tablet computers were all predicitons from Back to the Future films. But how blurred has Science Fiction and Science Fact become?

Join us for an evening review of the science themes of Back to the Future I with expert scientists, and join our activities to see a mini-hoverboard fly!


18:30 Science-related activities
19:15 Talk: How do we percieve time? Dr Warrick Roseboom
19:30 Talk: Can we run time backwards? Professor Philip Harris
19:55 Talk: The possibilities and impossibilities of time travel. Dr Marek Kukula
20:30 Back to the Furture film screening


Warrick Roseboom: How do we perceive time?

Philip Harris: Can you run the Universe Backwards?: The neutron EDM experiment

Philip’s research is focused on the measurement of the neutron electric dipole moment (e.d.m.), a small asymmetry in the structure of the neutron that is strongly related to the question of why the universe contains so much more matter than antimatter. He is Head of the School of Mathematical and Physical Science, University of Sussex.

Marek Kukula: The possibilities/impossibilities of time travel, implications of changing history

Marek is an expert in black holes and the evolution of galaxies, and the Public Astronomer for The Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Film synopsis: High schooler Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) doesn’t have the most pleasant of lives. Browbeaten by his principal at school, Marty must also endure the acrimonious relationship between his nerdy father (Crispin Glover) and his lovely mother (Lea Thompson), who in turn suffer the bullying of middle-aged jerk Biff (Thomas F. Wilson), Marty’s dad’s supervisor. The one balm in Marty’s life is his friendship with eccentric scientist Doc (Christopher Lloyd), who at present is working on a time machine. Accidentally zapped back into the 1950s, Marty inadvertently interferes with the budding romance of his now-teenaged parents. Our hero must now reunite his parents-to-be, lest he cease to exist in the 1980s. It won’t be easy, especially with the loutish Biff, now also a teenager, complicating matters. Beyond its dazzling special effects, the best element of Back to the Future is the performance of Michael J. Fox, who finds himself in the quagmire of surviving the white-bread 1950s with a hip 1980s mindset. Back to the Future cemented the box-office bankability of both Fox and the film’s director, Robert Zemeckis, who went on to helm two equally exhilarating sequels. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

What are SciScreens?

SciScreens provide an opportunity to combine film screenings and STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths). We choose films that we hope will attract an audience and then look at what science there is in the film and identifiy expert speakers and some interactive activites so we can all learn more about the themes.

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