Brian Clegg

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2 October - 7pm - Malvern Festival of Innovation - The Goal-driven Golem - We have achieved amazing technological developments through scientific discovery. But there is a real danger if we try to direct scientific study purely with practical applications in mind. All the evidence is that the best breakthroughs come when we let scientists explore freely.. Details and booking from the website - free, but reservation required.

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22 October - 4pm - Norwich - Build Your Own Time Machine - As part of Norwich Science Festival, Brian will be discussing time travel. Nothing in the laws of physics prevents us from travelling through time. In fact, time travel is a natural consequence of relativity - though the reality is very different from the time machines of fiction. From an exploration of the nature of time and why time travellers’ conventions don’t get many attendees to the revelation of our best time machine that has already been built, this talk shatters our illusions on the reality of time travel. Details and booking from the website, closer to the date.

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14 November 2017 - 6.30pm - Brendon Books, Taunton - The Reality Frame - Once, we sought absolutes, certainties, and facts to explain the world around us. But as science has developed, relativity has swept away many of those certainties. As a result, is science better now and is it taking us closer to the essence of being human? By building a universe from scratch, we see the importance of relativity and frames of reference. From the essentials of space, stuff and time through life and human creativity, this exploration of relativity establishes humanity's place in the universe. Part of the Taunton Literary Festival: tickets £7.50 from the website.


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18 November 2017 - 11am - Folkestone - Big Data - As part of Folkestone Literature Festival, Brian will be discussing his new book, Big Data. The combination of four key pieces of tech - the internet, advanced computers, smartphones and sophisticated algorithms that manage and interpret huge flows of data has made our systems worryingly powerful. In this engaging talk, Brian Clegg looks at how Netflix used big data to turn TV production on its head, why big data encourages airlines to overbook and how it enables unnervingly personal adverts to appear on our computers. Big data is here to stay - so we all need to understand it better. Details and bookings to follow.

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Arranging a talk or school visit

Brian is available to give a range of talks aimed both at school children and adults with an interest in science. He has given these at schools, Cafe Scientifiques, science festivals, the Royal Institution, the British Library and Science Museum Dana Centre in London. Details below - just drop Brian an email at brian@brianclegg.net to get more information.

Outside the UK? Brian is now available for Skype visits - email brian@brianclegg.net for more information.

Costs

Pricing is £220 for a one hour talk plus questions (£250 if in the evening), £350 for a half day or £500 for a full day. Travel expenses and VAT extra. (Note these prices are for education/public events - see bottom of the page for corporate events.)

Arranging a workshop

Brian has been giving workshops on creativity and innovation for over 20 years, and thanks to his experience in having over 30 books published and writing for many newspapers and magazine, he has now extended this service to workshops on improving your writing skills. Creativity clients range from a small organic mattress manufacturer to the BBC, the Met Office, Sony, the Treasury and EWS Railways, while Brian has given a number of Guardian Masterclasses on science writing and gives writing workshops for business and organisations as part of Writing Project.

For more information on creativity workshops, see the Creativity Unleashed website. For further details on writing workshops, email brian@brianclegg.net for more information.

Costs

Bite-sized 1.5 hour events cost £800, half day £1400 and full day £2000. Travel expenses and VAT extra.

Talks and School Visits



Talks - all ages from reception to adult

WRITE NOW – What does it take to make a book? What does being an author involve? A highly interactive range of workshops for all ages from a short session for Key Stage 1 to a half day or full day for sixth forms. These events explore what is involved in being a writer from obtaining the first idea to producing and distributing the book and making translations. There’s lots of activity and inspiration along the way. For adults there is a specific version on getting your non-fiction book published.

Talks - Key Stage 2 - click on title for more info
Talks - Key Stage 3 and above/adult - click on title for more info
Talks - Key Stage 4 and above/adult - click on title for more info
Plus a 1 to 1.5 hour event specially designed for school teachers:

CREATIVITY IN THE CLASSROOM - an inspiring look at creativity techniques and exercises that can be used in the classroom, including an opportunity to assess why you want to bring creativity into the classroom and an introduction to the nature of creativity and how creativity techniques work.

Drop Brian an email at brian@brianclegg.net to get more information on any event.
CORPORATE EVENTS

Brian is available to give any of these talks, after dinner speeches and business creativity events (see
Business Creativity Training) - ideal for away days and corporate functions. Day rate £2,000, half day £1,400, single talk/after dinner speech £800. (All pricing exclusive of VAT and travel expenses.) Drop Brian an email at brian@brianclegg.net for more information.
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