All aboard the Mobile University

The University of Sheffield is going on tour with The Mobile University to deliver free talks to the public

A 1960’s double-decker bus will be transformed into a lecture theatre for three days (25-27 September 2015) and travel around Sheffield city centre pulling up in Barkers Pool, The Moor and Devonshire Green.

Members of the public will be able to hop on board to listen to 20 minute talks and learn about a wide range of subjects from English nuns to ocean bugs and mind reading to myths of the brain.

The Mobile University first motored into the city in 2013 and was created by Professor Vanessa Toulmin, the University’s Director of City and Cultural Engagement, to bring research to the public.

Professor Vanessa said: “I am really excited to be welcoming the Mobile University back to Sheffield. Last time there was a fantastic response and more than 1,000 people came to see the bus across the weekend.

“This time my colleagues at the University have excelled in producing talks about their world class research which we are really proud of.

“Whether you are a new student coming to university or a member of the public we would love you to come along, drop in, hear about our fantastic research and be inspired at this fun, free event.”

The event will see 30 talks held over the three days between 11am and 5pm with intriguing titles including:  You’ve been reading too many idiotic trashy books!; 10 fantastic ways to use leftover tonsils; How zebrafish can help repair your heart and je ne comprends pas, but I can still speak to you.

Members of the public will be handed iPads to follow the talks and there will also be additional seating outside the bus.

Visitors to the Mobile University when it parks up on The Moor on Saturday will also get the opportunity to see Granny Turismo, the world’s first – and only – shopping trolley dance display team.

The Mobile University is put together by the team behind Festival of the Mind, a larger event held every two years to celebrate the University’s research and engage with the public.


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