Following our last announcement earlier this month, we’ve got more speakers, more one-off events and performances, and more workshops for you to get involved with at this year’s FutureEverything festival.

Joining us at FutureEverything conference on Thursday 31 March – Friday 1 April are speakers ranging from particle physics, to space exploration, to counterterrorism. We’re also pleased to reveal more of our Thriving in Uncertainty mini-conference that will run alongside our main track in Room One.

Award winning designer and director, the ‘Willy Wonka of Design and Science’ Nelly Ben Hayoun, has worked with NASA to create an ‘International Space Orchestra’ (pictured above, photo by Neil Berrett), simulated space conditions, and explored the systems around disaster response. A WIRED Innovation Fellow, Icon Magazine also touted Ben Hayoun as one of the 50 international designers “shaping the future”.

Counterterrorism researcher and journalist Charlie Winter is a regular writer and commentator for The Guardian, CNN and BBC News. Currently a ‎Senior Research Associate at Georgia State University, his focus is on transnational jihadist movements, insurgency and its portrayal in the media.

Journalist Izabella Kaminska is a writer, reporter and commentator for the Financial Times, and the FT’s blog Alphaville. Previously a producer at CNN and natural gas reporter at Platt’s, Kaminska is interested in connecting the dots between all the stuff that nobody really thinks is related.

Multi-award winning particle physicist and science communicator Ben Still has over 8 years of experience researching neutrino particle physics; developing particle detectors and statistical methods to get physics from their data. Ben has worked with artists, designers, and illustrators to convey complex physics research in innovative and accessible ways.

Computer Social Science researcher at the Oxford Institute of the Internet Ruth Garcia-Gavilanes is using her research to find out unique insights about human behaviour from online data such as social media. What information can we glean from our collective memory online, and how can it help in times of humanitarian crisis?

Wellcome Trust Fellow Angela Cassidy is a contemporary historian of science and medicine whose work looks at the public perceptions and expectations of science, and its link to our understandings of uncertainty. Her work exploring Bovine TB gained her Wellcome Trust support, and is regularly interviewed on BBC Radio Four as a scientific expert.

We’ll be welcoming Gazelle Twin and long term collaborators Chris Turner and Tash Tung to our Fireside Chat room at FutureEverything conference, where they’ll be exploring their work together and their latest commission premiering at this year’s festival, Gazelle Twin: Kingdom Come – An audiovisual performance for two vocalists. We’ll also hear from Moritz Stefaner who’ll be in conversation with neutrino physicist Dr Ben Still to talk about the challenges facing data visualisation in science, and FutureEverything’s latest commission in partnership with the Met Office, Project Ukko, for which Stefaner designed the interface.

We’ve also just announced another small batch of tickets for Gazelle Twin: Kingdom Come at Manchester Art Gallery, so grab some now before they’re gone!

Accompanying Ed Carter & David Cranmer’s haunting sonic installation Smoke Signals, we’re thrilled to present three one-off improvisational performances by some of the North West’s most talented multi-instrumentalists performing on Anthony Burgess’s own piano; Jon Hering (Ex-Easter Island Head), Sara Lowes (musician, songwriter and previously composer-in-residence at University of Manchester National Graphene Institute) and Jo Dudderidge (musician, songwriter and producer in The Travelling Band and pianist for Ren Harvieu, Lissie and Jo Rose) who will be joined by Harry Fausing Smith (musician, composer and member of the experimental group Pope Vivian).

Care and Share Economy, the winning concept from FutureEverything Singapore Innovation Lab, will be showcased at the festival, including workshops, project presentations and panel discussion. Workshops held at the Town Hall will look at themes explored by Care and Share Economy, including Gifting and Sharing economies, communities and trust, building an alternate economy and the possibilities of disconnecting it from monetary economies, led by Hirsch&Mann. Free to festival ticket holders, just sign up on the day!

Registration is now open for The Corridor Workshops, an open-environment, sonic playground of digital audio workstations and sample triggering devices, and Babble, exploring inter-disciplinary performance, utilising text, movement, sound, voice and live visuals. Places are limited so don’t miss out!

We’re also still looking for a brilliant team of volunteers to help make FutureEverything 2016 happen! You’ve got until the 26th February to apply, visit our volunteer recruitment page for more details.