True science fiction: The Thing with scientific introduction

Wednesday 14 December / 6pm / The Box / £9


Doors open at 5.45pm for a 6pm start


Get together with scientists from across the UK for a screening of cult classic The Thing, as the British Ecological Society invite you to be part of their programme of fringe events taking place at their annual meeting in Liverpool. 


Dr Susan Withenshaw, a researcher in disease ecology at the University of Liverpool, will open the evening’s screening with an introduction to the real science influencing one of cinema’s most iconic sci-fi horrors.


The Thing, based on the 1938 novella, Who Goes There?, follows pilot MacReady (Kurt Russell), Dr Copper (Richard Dysart) and their team stationed at a US Antarctic research station, as they investigate the cause of the destruction and massacre at a nearby Norwegian station. A gripping, high intensity journey ensues, as the threat from an alien parasitic life form becomes rapidly realized.


A drinks reception will follow in the bar, with an opportunity to chat to Susan and other scientists from the University of Liverpool and across the UK.


This event is organised in collaboration with the BES Parasites and Pathogens Special Interest Group. The group is open to any interested members, for more information please see the BES website

Parasites and Pathogens

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