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Speaking in Bones

Event 1 Friday 3 March, 10am-11am Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Kathy Reichs
“I didn't know anything about writing fiction and had no training in writing – I prefer taking science classes – so I just wrote the kind of book I would like to read.” – Kathy Reichs

Forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs has used her expertise in this unusual field to entertain and inspire fans of the Temperance Brennan series, including the latest Brennan novel, aptly called Speaking in Bones, new short story anthology The Bone Collection, and forthcoming standalone novel Two Nights. As one of only 82 forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, her real life is every bit as dramatic as her novels: she has been called on to teach FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, identify war dead in Korea and Southeast Asia, and testify at the UN about the Rwandan genocide.

In Dubai for the first time, Reichs will talk about bringing to life on the page a science that can solve crimes and uncover mysteries that would otherwise be lost to the ages.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Secrets of The Real CSI: Writing True Crime

Event 9 Friday 3 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Authors: Liz Porter
'As gripping as any Jack Reacher novel.'' – The Weekend Australian’s crime expert Graeme Blundell on Liz Porter

Forensic science has captured the public imagination with its seemingly miraculous solutions to tough cases. True crime author Liz Porter’s two books on the subject, 2007 Ned Kelly Prize-winner Written on the Skin and its follow up Cold Case Files, have been praised for telling these true stories with the power of the best crime fiction.

Channel your inner detective, and join Liz to explore the reality behind TV shows such as CSI and how forensic science is used – by both real-life investigators and the masters of crime fiction – to solve crimes.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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George and the Blue Moon

Event 161 Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: Lucy Hawking
Lucy Hawking is the creator of the highly acclaimed George Greenby series, in which George and his friend Annie go on adventures through space and time with the help of the supercomputer Cosmos – and with real scientific information provided by Lucy’s famous father, Professor Stephen Hawking.

Come along to this family session to find out how Lucy fits so much adventure and information into her lively books and learn more about the new instalment, George and the Blue Moon.

This session is part of the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration led by the British Council.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Age Group: 9-Adult

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Wildlife in 3D! Anthony Geffen's Attenborough Documentaries

Event 173 Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“I want to look at different platforms and different ways to tell stories.” – Anthony Geffen

Anthony Geffen is a true innovator in film and television. His collaborations with David Attenborough on cutting edge documentaries such as Natural History Museum Alive 3D, Penguins 3D and Conquest of the Skies 3D have allowed wildlife footage to come to life as never before.

Using footage from such films, Geffen will illustrate the power of new technologies and creative filmmaking techniques to get up close and personal with the natural world, as well as show rarely-seen behind-the-scenes footage of Attenborough in action!

Expect to see new insights into the relationship between humans, nature and the technology that improves our awareness of the world around us.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Why Science Needs People Who Cry

Event 162 Friday 3 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“There is an outdated stereotype that all scientists are cold, hard, logical and unemotional – and male. And it’s not only wrong but immensely damaging.” – Emily Grossman

Emily Grossman is an expert in molecular biology and genetics, and an outspoken science communicator who has been praised for both the clarity of her explanations of complex subjects and her efforts to encourage more girls to study science.

In 2015, she was attacked on social media for challenging the idea that scientists must be unemotional. Her TEDx talk response was met with widespread acclaim; in this session she expands on the critical subject of why we need more women in science and a better understanding of how important compassion, collaboration and creativity are to scientific research.

This session is part of the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration led by the British Council.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Alan Titchmarsh Meets the Desert Gardeners

Event 31 Saturday 4 March, 10am-11am Al Ras 1, InterContinental

How easy is it to have a beautiful garden using only plants that can survive the harsh desert climate? Alan Titchmarsh, Britain’s best-loved TV gardener, will meet with Dubai’s gardening gurus and share their green secrets in this special session.

Laura Allais-Maré is the founder of the Slow Food convivium in Dubai and the Balcony and Urban Gardening group of the Middle East. She follows the Natural Farming Principles of Masanobu Fukuoka in projects including the urban rooftop garden at the Time Oak Hotel in Barsha Heights.

Kamelia Zaal is the first Arab landscape designer to participate in the Chelsea Flower Show, where she won a silver gilt medal for her garden “The Beauty of Islam”. Her projects include Al Barari, the UAE’s most distinguished, luxurious and sustainable green residential development.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Journey to the Stars: Space Colonisation in Fact and Fiction

Event 41 Saturday 4 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

“What I really want to try to achieve here is to make Mars seem possible – like it’s something we can achieve in our lifetimes.” – Elon Musk

Science fiction has presented many different visions of space colonisation, from survival stories to galaxy spanning empires. Our panel will discuss these fictional depictions and take a look at how close reality is to realising our imaginings.

Lucy Hawking is author of the George Greenby series, books that make science fun, accessible and inspiring for younger readers.

Peter F Hamilton is the author of the Commonwealth series, which features a galactic civilisation that enjoys interstellar travel, immortality and advanced cybernetics.

Ashlee Vance reports on technology and business developments and is the biographer of Elon Musk, a pioneering figure in real-life space travel.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Journey to the Stars: Space Colonisation in Fact and Fiction

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Dr Emily's Surprising Science

Event 160 Saturday 4 March, 3pm-4pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“Any type of person can be a scientist as long as you are excited by Science and want to gain a deep understanding of the world.” – Emily Grossman

Are you or your children fascinated by the weird and wonderful world of science? This lively family-friendly talk and demonstration by Emily Grossman will be bubbling over with explosive fun!

Emily has trained and worked as both scientist and actress, skills she has combined to make complex subjects engaging and help bewildered parents answer those tricky ‘why does..?’ questions. From her resident science expert slots on the Alan Titchmarsh Show and Sky’s Duck Quacks Don't Echo to her powerful TEDx talk, Emily is on a mission to deepen people’s understanding of the world around them – don’t miss this chance to see her in action.

This session is part of the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration led by the British Council.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Age Group: 8-Adult

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Trowel and Error: Alan Titchmarsh in Conversation

Event 45 Saturday 4 March, 5pm-6pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

“The world indoors has never held any attraction for me, except in the worst of weathers.” – Alan Titchmarsh

Gardening guru and British national treasure Alan Titchmarsh comes to Dubai to talk about his varied career as a successful writer, television personality and radio presenter.

Come along and share in Alan’s inside stories about his Yorkshire upbringing, his friendship with the British royal family and the green-fingered passion that created TV’s favourite gardener.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Trowel and Error: Alan Titchmarsh in Conversation

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Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body

Event 82 Friday 10 March, 10am-11am Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Authors: Jo Marchant
“It isn’t trickery, wishful thinking or all in the mind. It is a physical mechanism, as concrete as the effects of any drug.” – Jo Marchant on the placebo effect

Can our minds really heal our bodies? This is the controversial question Jo Marchant set out to answer in her book Cure, looking for the real science behind hypnosis, meditation, positive visualisation, virtual reality therapy and all manner of other techniques.

The relationship between body and mind is an ongoing mystery, and one that scientists are exploring every day – in this talk Marchant takes us on a journey through the latest findings.

This session is part of the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration led by the British Council.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Wars and Wildlife

Event 186 Friday 10 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Khayma, InterContinental

“This is wonderful conservation work from a country where the daily news is rarely uplifting.” – Richard Porter on the work of Nature Iraq biologists.

Richard Porter has been at the frontline of conservation in the Middle East for many years, working with BirdLife International, Nature Iraq and other organisations on many projects especially in Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Yemen. In this fascinating presentation on his experiences working in war-torn countries, he shares a picture of hope that can be provided by a renewed natural environment – and how protecting nature can inspire citizens and even build relationships between nations.

Language: English

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Wonders of Science: The Journey of Discovery

Event 153 Friday 10 March, 3pm-4pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

An inspiring all-ages introduction to the wonders of science from two of the most accessible science communicators writing today. From real-life alien hunters to Egyptian mummies to a 2000-year old computer, our panellists will turn the microscope on an extraordinary world.

Jo Marchant has written for Nature and New Scientist and has a PhD in genetics and microbiology; she is the author of Decoding the Heavens, The Shadow King and Cure.

Ben Miller tried to swap science for comedy, but science followed him – his love of physics led him to write It’s Not Rocket Science, which is now a TV series; his latest book is The Aliens are Coming!

This session is part of the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration led by the British Council.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Birds of the Middle East

Event 116 Saturday 11 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Richard Porter, Middle East Advisor to BirdLife International, founder of OSME and author of Birds of the Middle East, the definitive guide to the region's birdlife, is in Dubai to launch the long-awaited Arabic edition of Birds of the Middle East – a valuable book that will be of great help to the growing community of Arabic-speaking birders.

Joining him on the panel are:

Ahmed Al Ali, an Emirati wildlife photographer and member of the Emirates Bird Records Committee, whose graduate studies focused on the Arabian Collared Kingfisher, an endangered species endemic to the UAE.

Oscar Campbell, chairman of the Emirates Birds Records Committee, who was awarded the 2013 Sheikh Mubarak bin Mohammed Prize for Natural History for his conservation work.

The panel is moderated by Peter Hellyer, who is himself a founding member of the EBRC and was closely involved with the publication of Porter and Aspinall’s Birds of the United Arab Emirates.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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The Aliens Are Coming!

Event 135 Saturday 11 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Authors: Ben Miller
“A witty and informative romp through our search for little green men that says as much about human ingenuity as it does about the aliens we seek.” – Dara Ó Briain

Have you ever wondered whether there might be life on other planets? Scientifically literate comedian Ben Miller, author of It’s Not Rocket Science, returns to Dubai with a revelatory and wide-ranging talk based on his new book, The Aliens are Coming! Miller will present a highly entertaining introduction to the science of the search for alien life, from the Fermi Paradox to the modern-day folklore of UFOlogy.

This session is part of the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration led by the British Council.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

The Aliens Are Coming!

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