Running, jumping, flying; the science and art of animal locomotion

Friday 14 November – Sunday 16 November 2014
10.00am-5.00pm (Fri/Sat)
10.00am-3.00pm (Sun)

Museum Gardens
Bethnal Green
London E2 9PA

Suitable for:
All ages

Exhibit description

The team

From the Royal Veterinary College:

Professor Alan Wilson
Professor Renate Weller
Dr Viv Allen
Dr Chris Richards
Dr Jim Usherwood
Dr Richard Bomphrey
Mr Alan Waring
Mr Geoffrey Harrison
Dr Julia Molnar
Ms Anna Wilson
Ms Grace Kimble
Dr Monica Daley

The science behind the exhibit

Researchers in the Structure & Motion Lab at the Royal Veterinary College investigate the biomechanics of animal locomotion using innovative technology and pioneering techniques. The research ranges from investigating how elite animal athletes (human, cheetah, racehorse, greyhound, falcon) achieve their remarkable performance to hunting and ranging behaviour tracked using enhanced GPS (as featured on Horizon ‘Secret Life of the Cat’); from limb evolution in dinosaurs and frogs to flocking flight in birds. The research has wide-ranging impact, from animal-inspired robots to wildlife conservation and new insights into human ageing.

What to expect

Hop, skip and jump on a pressure pad and see how your feet respond to movements
Meet the makers of animal tracking and activity monitoring technology and collars used for studying wild cheetah and lions (as seen on the BBC’s The Secret Life of Cats)
Meet RVC’s artist-in-residence Geoffrey Harrison
See beautiful, detailed scientific illustrations by artist/scientist Dr Julia Molnar
High speed motion analysis footage of cheetah sprinting and manoeuvring
Interactive science of movement activities

News and updates

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