28 February 2017

Movie screening for Women in Science Festival

Movie screening for Women in Science Festival

Abertay University will harness science fiction to feed into the Women in Science Festival in Dundee.

Dr Rebecca Wade, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, will present a talk on sustainability issues ahead of a screening of the Hollywood movie ‘Interstellar’ on Friday, March 10.

The film, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine follows a crew of astronauts who travel through a wormhole in search of a new home for humanity after famine and drought on Earth.

Dr Wade, of Abertay’s School of Science, Engineering and Technology, said the movie was chosen due to its strong female characters.

She added: “Abertay is happy to contribute to the Women in Science Festival which is organised by the University of Dundee with additional input from the University of St Andrews and Dundee Science Centre.

“We chose to screen Interstellar as it looks at sustainability issues and the plot has links to our courses in water and environmental management.”

Dr Wade will introduce the film, speak about the science behind the plot and discuss some of the main themes with audience members.

The free screening takes place at 7pm at the Hannah Maclure Centre, Bell Street, Dundee.

The movie is rated 12A and runs for 2 hours 49mins.

To book your free tickets visit https://wis-abertay-interstellar.eventbrite.co.uk

As part of the festival, Abertay's Interconnect Student Champions, Itziar Ferreira Cores and Aleksandra Tomczyk, will be involved in a networking evening on Thursday March 9.

The female Civil Engineering students were selected for the role last year by Equate Scotland to promote studying science, engineering, technology and built environment to women.

For full festival listings visit https://www.dundee.ac.uk/revealingresearch/newsandevents/women-science-festival/      

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