CMFT staff set to bring the city’s past and future research to life at Manchester Science Festival

Stop-frame animations about pioneering sight technology; exploring art and science to support people with dementia; live experiments, demonstrations and challenges, are all on offer as part of this year’s Manchester Science Festival.

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust staff are gearing up to support the tenth annual event – taking place until Sunday 30th October.

The launch event of painted stop-frame animation, Ocular Bionica is happening at Manchester Museum on Thursday 27th October, telling the story of local patient, Ray who has lost his central vision to age-related macular degeneration and underwent a world-first operation to be fitted with the pioneering Argus II ‘bionic eye’ last year.

The film will be available to see throughout the festival, at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital Atrium from 8am to 8.15pm, and Manchester Museum between 10am and 5pm.

As well as the film’s launch, creator, Lucy Burscough is running Ocular Bionica: Hands-onica workshops for members of the public to get involved. People will have the opportunity to make their own low-tech animations inspired by the film, whilst chatting to Lucy about the making of the film and the cutting-edge bionic technology explored within it.

Lucy will be hosting the free sessions for people to drop-in to enjoy between 11am and 2pm at:

  • Manchester Royal Eye Hospital Atrium on: Thursday 20th, Friday 21st, Tuesday 25th and Thursday 27th
  • Manchester Museum on: Monday 24th, Wednesday 26th and Friday 28th

Lucy - Ocular Bionica

The art and science of dementia is taking place at Citylabs 1.0 on Nelson Street on Wednesday 26th October. The event will give visitors the opportunity to join scientists and creatives to explore how art, science and the general public can help support those living with dementia. People can take an up-close and personal look at how social connectivity and artistic expression can improve wellbeing and care. The event is free but booking is required via the Manchester Science Festival website.

To see the Science Festival close with a bang, Science spectacular is taking place at Manchester Museum from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 29th October.

Researchers from CMFT and our NIHR Manchester Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, will be on hand to meet and chat to visitors, offering science challenges, live experiments, and demonstrations.

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The Manchester Science Festival is produced by the Museum of Science and Industry. For more details of sessions, activities and shows, visit the website.