Memorial lecture to feature in Honiton’s Festival of Imagination

PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:23 27 April 2018

Felicity Marx and Ellen Anning at last years festival. Picture: Terry Ife

Felicity Marx and Ellen Anning at last years festival. Picture: Terry Ife


Festival of Imagination aims to entertain and educate at the same time.

One of the features of this year’s Festival of Imagination in Honiton will be a memorial lecture to remember the event’s founder.

Dr Sue Waring was a local scientist who died last year, and was absolutely passionate about creating a festival for all at The Beehive, where people could be entertained and educated at the same time.

Dr Waring strongly believed in encouraging curiosity and giving people the space to share their enthusiasm for all sorts of natural wonders from the world of science and art and now her team are determined to continue her legacy for Honiton.

At 4.30pm, on Friday, April 27, in memory of Dr Waring, there will be a special lecture for the general public called ‘Light Fantastic: The Science of Colour’ by Professor Pete Vukusic, who specialises in Photonics research.

Professor Vukusic leads a research group at the University of Exeter that investigates the ways in which animals and plants have evolved strategies for generating and manipulating light and colour, and how bio-inspired technology makes use of these strategies.

With hands-on demonstrations and slides, this lecture will show how colour and light are produced in the natural world and will offer a glimpse of how the use of light and colour engineering might shape the future.

The lecture will be free of charge and enjoyable for all ages over eight years old.

Children from the local primary schools have also been invited to take part in rolling workshops and demonstrations that have been arranged throughout the day on Friday, April 27.

On Saturday, April 28, from 10am, there are a variety of free events and talks with interesting displays, puzzles, science and animation workshops finishing with a Fizz Pop Science Show, at 3.30pm, then Star Wars: the Last Jedi, at 7.30pm.

The Festival of Imagination is for everyone so feel free to pop along to The Beehive, in Dowell Street, Honiton, and have a look.

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