Discovery Talks: Stories of Change

Discovery Talks, sharing the latest innovations and discoveries being made across arts, humanities, science, and engineering at the University of Bristol.



Join us for our programme of Discovery Talks and then step aboard the ship that changed the world! The first 200 tickets booked will be entitled to receive a discounted entry to Brunel’s SS Great Britain.


12:00 – 13:00 – Future Oceans, Future Food: How research is helping tackle environmental challenges

Join a panel of researchers from the Cabot Institute for the Environment as they look at how the natural world is adapting to changing global climate conditions and what we can learn from them.


13:30 – 14:00 – Six steps from Colston

In June 2020 the statue of Bristol-born merchant, slave trader, politician and philanthropist Edward Colston was toppled and dropped into the Bristol harbour and generate a highly charged and polarised debate across the country. Joanna Burch-Brown, Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, will reflect on the positive values and intentions that are motivating people on apparently opposite sides of this debate and share her project Bridging Histories with the Bristol History Commission, a free, city-wide educational resource.


14:15 – 14:45 – Is evolution still working?

Evolution has produced the current and past diversity of life forms on the planet, including humans. The advent of medicine and technology has changed how humans confront the challenges of the natural world, and the recent developments of genomics and genome editing have pushed further our control over nature and our own biology. Join Senior Lecturer Jordi Paps Montserrat from the School of Biological Sciences as he asks, are we still evolving?


15:00 – 15:30 – A lyrical exploration of UK Drill Music: Culture, Meaning and Exclusion

Using the lyrics UK Drill Music, a controversial subgenre of Rap,  Patrick Olajide will explore how Black culture[s] are portrayed, how Black cultural artforms are policed what is deemed acceptable within the public consciousness and why.


15:45 – 16:15 – Grief and Creativity in Literature and Art

What is the relationship between bereavement and creativity and what role does the imagination play in the grieving process? Lesel Dawson, Associate Professor in Literature and Culture, Department of English will offer some examples of writers and artists who turn to art both to express their loss and to maintain a loving connection with those who have died.


The first 200 people to book the Discovery Talks on Saturday 25 September will be entitled to receive a discounted entry to Brunel’s SS Great Britain.

 Terms and Conditions:

Discounted/concession tickets can only be redeemed on Saturday 25 September after being validated and stamped at the ‘Discovery Talks’. Discount will only apply to the cost of a single admission ticket, including child and student. To purchase your discounted admission ticket, you must take your validated Eventbrite booking print out to the SSGB Ticket Desk in the Visitor Centre. Discounted admission will only be applied to full admission tickets and cannot be applied to Family tickets or used in conjunction with any other discounts. Tickets will be valid for 12 months from the date of purchase and will allow the ticket holder unlimited return visits over that period.

Event Details

S.S. Great Britain
Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Rd

Date: 25/09/2021
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Get Tickets

Follow Us

Stay up to date on all FUTURES events by checking out our social feeds