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BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: The Dance of Nature

in association with Newcastle University

Booking Information

Venue: Northern Rock Foundation Hall

Tickets: Free but ticketed (Max 4 per person)


Rana Mitter is joined by BBC Radio 4’s presenter of The Life Scientific Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Ethology at Newcastle University Melissa Bateson and Richard Bevan, lecturer in natural and environmental science at Newcastle University, to explore the magical but complex group behaviour of everything from schools of fish to starlings to atomic particles.

Jim Al-Khalili is Professor of Physics at the University of Surrey and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Life Scientific and TV documentaries including Gravity and Me: The Force that Shapes Our Lives and The Beginning and End of the Universe.

Melissa Bateson is Professor of Ethology at Newcastle University, an expert in behavioural biology who has studied the behaviour of starlings, hummingbirds and humans.

Richard Bevan is a lecturer in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at Newcastle University. His research interests are in animal ecophysiology; the way that animals interact with their environment both physiologically and behaviourally and how this is vital in understanding and interpreting their biology.

Rana Mitter is a Professor of History at the University of Oxford where he is director of the China Centre. He is a regular presenter of radio including BBC Radio 3’s Japan’s Never-Ending War, and of Radio 3’s Arts and Ideas programme Free Thinking.

For your information…

  • Phase one tickets will be available from 12noon on Monday 5 February, with phase two tickets available from 12noon on Monday 19 February.
  • Tickets are strictly limited to four per person.
  • To guarantee your ticket book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.
  • Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.

Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2018