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We have a full programme of events on the Maes at the 2018 National Eisteddfod in Cardiff.

Don't forget that we also have Science of the Sea exhibitions and activites at the Science and Technology Village and on throutese RV Guiding Light research vessel.

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10:00-17:00Cardiff University TentEisteddfod festival researchCardiff University Festivals Research Group will be conducting research into the impact of the National Eisteddfod in Wales.Dr Andrea Collins, Dr Eleri Rosier & Dr Nicole Koenig-Lewis
10:00-17:00Cardiff University TentWhat is CorCenCC?An opportunity to discuss CorCenCC's research into spoken Welsh and contribute a recording of a conversation.CorCenCC (National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh)
12:00- 13:00Societies 2Five interesting things about young people in WalesAn interactive discussion about young people in WalesDr Rhian Barrance
12:45-13:15Literary PavilionQuarrels, the Celts, and the 'crachach': Tales from past Eisteddfodau in CardiffThis is the seventh time the National Eisteddfod has visited Cardiff since 1883. This event is an opportunity to hear about some of the highs and lows of those past festivals.Dr Dylan Foster Evans
16:30-17:30Societies 2Show and tellCreative Cardiff's show and tell gives a platform to the exciting range of creative people and projects in the city. At this event we will welcome three speakers each representing their work in the literary scene in Wales and beyond. Creative Cardiff
22:30-23:30Wales Millennium CentreCarnival of the Sea / Carnifal y MôrFollow the procession from the Wales Millennium Centre to view a water screening extravaganza in the Bay. Artist Megan Broadmeadow’s creative activities with music provided by singer composer Gruff Rhys, in collaboration with Butetown Carnival, will culminate in a special display of moving images projected on a colossal water screen. Y Lle Celf event.
TimeLocationSessionDescriptionLed by
10:00-17:00Cardiff University TentEisteddfod festival researchCardiff University Festivals Research Group will be conducting research into the impact of the National Eisteddfod in Wales.Dr Andrea Collins, Dr Eleri Rosier & Dr Nicole Koenig-Lewis
10:00-17:00Cardiff University TentWhat is CorCenCC?An opportunity to discuss CorCenCC's research into spoken Welsh and contribute a recording of a conversation.CorCenCC (National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh)
12:00-13:00Llannerch Gudd StageLiterary research at Wales' Welsh DepartmentsAn opportunity to hear about the prominent research in Welsh universities’ Welsh departments.Dr Rhiannon Marks
14:15-15:15Literary PavilionCelebrating the life of Bobi JonesAn event to celebrate the contribution of one of Cardiff University’s School of Welsh’s brightest alumni, Professor R.M (Bobi) Jones (1929-2017)Professor E. Wyn James
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10:00-17:00Cardiff University TentEisteddfod festival researchCardiff University Festivals Research Group will be conducting research into the impact of the National Eisteddfod in Wales.Dr Andrea Collins, Dr Eleri Rosier & Dr Nicole Koenig-Lewis
10:00-17:00Cardiff University TentWhat is CorCenCC?An opportunity to discuss CorCenCC's research into spoken Welsh and contribute a recording of a conversation.CorCenCC (National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh)
10:30-12:00Societies Tent 2Judge Hardinge, the French Revolution and the Martyrs of Cathays, Cardiff, 1801Dr Marion Loeffler discusses why Samuel Hill and Aaron William were hanged in Cathays, Cardiff, on 20 May 1801, and the role of Judge George Hardinge in the court case and the sentencing. Dr Marion Loeffler
12:00-13:15The Science VillageOn your boxFour young scientists discuss their work in an entertaining and practical way. Dr Iwan Palmer, Rhidian Thomas & Dr Catrin Williams
13:00-13:40Shwmae Caerdydd (The Pierhead)The History of Welsh in CardiffAn overview of the journey of the Welsh language in the capital city, for Welsh learners.Dr Dylan Foster Evans
13:00-14:00Cardiff University TentBook Launch: Y Gymru 'Ddu' a'r Ddalen 'Wen' ('The 'Black' Wales and the 'White' Page')Book launch and panel discussion about multiculturalism in Wales, with popular fiction authors and literary critics.Dr Lisa Sheppard
14:00-15:00Cardiff University TentThe Cardiff of the Mabinogion A talk which explores the relationship between text and image in Charlotte Guest’s nineteenth century translation of 'Geraint son of Erbin' and her particular focus on Cardiff Castle.Professor Sioned Davies
15:00-16:00Cardiff University TentWhat is the impact of Welsh-medium education on the aspirations of young people in the South Wales valleys?A review of the findings of research into the aspirations of year 11 students that attend Welsh medium and English medium schools in the South Wales valleys. Dr Sion Llewelyn Jones
15:00-16:00Shwmae Caerdydd (The Pierhead)Second language learning techniquesThis session examines what influences the successful learning of a second language, and will provide an opportunity for learners of Welsh of all levels to reflect on their own strategies.Dr Jonathan Morris
16:30-17:30Societies Tent 3Why haven't you considered studying medicine?A question and answer session between students and staff of Cardiff University's School of Medicine, in partnership with the British Medical Association.Dr Awen Iorwerth 
17:00-18:00Folk tentShow and tellCreative Cardiff's show and tell gives a platform to the exciting range of creative people and projects in the city. At this event we will welcome three speakers each representing their work in the folk and contemporary music scene in Wales and beyond. Creative Cardiff
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10:00-16:00Wales Millennium CentreKnow your blood pressure with the Stroke AssociationCardiff University Medical Students take your blood pressure and under guidance of clinicians, give advice on the results.Sian Williams & Sara Whittam
10:00-17:00Cardiff University TentEisteddfod festival researchCardiff University Festivals Research Group will be conducting research into the impact of the National Eisteddfod in Wales.Dr Andrea Collins, Dr Eleri Rosier & Dr Nicole Koenig-Lewis
10:00-17:00Cardiff University TentWhat is CorCenCC?An opportunity to discuss CorCenCC's research into spoken Welsh and contribute a recording of a conversation.CorCenCC (National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh)
11:00-11:45Literary PavilionWales, emigration and the Welsh overseas between the World WarsAnnual Lecture: Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.Emeritus Professor Bill Jones
12:00-14:00Cardiff University TentCardiff - a creative city: Competing on the international stage (media debate with a sector panel and VIP lunch)Panel session with key media sector leaders to discuss Cardiff’s future as a creative hub, competing on the UK and international stage. Sian Morgan Lloyd & Manon Edwards Ahir
13:15-14:00Societies Tent 3Welsh dialectologists and their purpose today Annual Lecture: Bob Owen Society. This lecture will trace the historical development of dialectology in Wales and beyond, and consider what has inspired linguists from various periods to collect and record different dialects of Welsh. Dr Iwan Wyn Rees will also ask what purpose Welsh dialectologists have today.   Dr Iwan Wyn Rees
14:30-15:30Societies Tent 1Panel discussionAre we over-reliant on antibiotics in the 21st century? Is there a place for traditional medicines to sustain the health of the Welsh people? Wyn Davies 
14:30-16:00Cardiff University TentBowel cancer discussion A spotlight on bowel cancer in Wales. Q&A session with Garry Owen (BBC Radio Cymru) and Gethin Williams (NHS Wales). Come and hear how we can step up to the challenge of bowel cancer in Wales. Followed by an informal networking session and refreshments.Gethin Williams, Garry Owen a Steffan Lewis AC
15:00-16:00Societies Tent 2Morgans in Patagonia, America and on the HayesAnnual Lecture: Cardiff Centre for Welsh American Studies.Emeritus Professor Bill Jones & Emeritus Professor E. Wyn James 
15:10-16:00Shwmae Caerdydd (The Pierhead)Introducing the dialect varieties of WelshCome to learn more about the way in which the Welsh language varies between different regions in Wales, and how spoken Welsh is currently changing. This session will be suitable for new speakers of Welsh of all levels as well as Welsh tutors. Dr Iwan Wyn Rees
16:00-17:00Cardiff University TentBook launch: TipiadauDr Llion Pryderi Roberts from Cardiff University's School of Welsh will be reading from his brand new book, 'Tipiadau' and discussing some of the main themes and aspects that inspired his first volume of poetry.Dr Llion Pryderi Roberts
16:00-17:30Societies Tent 1A parliament that works for WalesThis session will provide an opportunity to learn more about the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform, including increasing the numbers of Assembly Members, introducing a more proportional electoral system, and lowering the minimum voting age for National Assembly elections.Professor Laura McAllister
17:45-18:30Societies Tent 3Creating the Crown of the Cardiff 2018 EisteddfodAn interactive presentation and session with the creator of this year's Eisteddfod Crown, Laura Thomas.Dr Dylan Foster Evans & Eirwen Williams
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10:00-16:00Wales Millennium CentreKnow your blood pressure with the Stroke AssociationCardiff University Medical Students take your blood pressure and under guidance of clinicians, give advice on the results.Sian Williams & Sara Whittam
10:00-17:00Cardiff University TentEisteddfod festival researchCardiff University Festivals Research Group will be conducting research into the impact of the National Eisteddfod in Wales.Dr Andrea Collins, Dr Eleri Rosier & Dr Nicole Koenig-Lewis
10:00-17:00Cardiff University TentWhat is CorCenCC?An opportunity to discuss CorCenCC's research into spoken Welsh and contribute a recording of a conversation.CorCenCC (National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh)
10:00-17:00Cardiff University TentFLEXIS ActivityFLEXIS project researchers showcase their work to help educate the public on energy systems as well as encourage interest among future generations in the energy area.FLEXIS (Flexible Integrated Energy Systems)
11:00-11:45Literary PavilionCardiff biographies: Memorialising the cityThe Literary Lecture: By looking mainly at memoirs, this lecture will examine the relationship between the Welsh language, the memory and the city.Dr Dylan Foster Evans
11:30-13:00Societies Tent 1Land of ghosts? Spectrality in Welsh literature from Kate Roberts to Mihangel MorganA lecture on the use of the trope of ghosts in a selection of modern Welsh literature, suggesting that writers use spectrality to explore contemporary issues in Welsh society, including gender, sexuality, and issues of property and belonging. Professor Katie Gramich
12:00-13:00Cardiff University TentAn introduction to the work of CorCenCCA presentation about the work of CorCenCC who are creating a major language resource for Welsh speakers, learners and researchers. Come and find out how you can contribute to this all-important project. CorCenCC (National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh)
13:00-14:00Cardiff University TentA century of Labour: Understanding elections in WalesDiscussion about a forthcoming book. Professor Roger Awan-Scully of Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre will explore why Labour's dominance in Wales has proven so enduring, despite the reasons for the party's rise having long since disappeared. Professor Roger Awan-Scully
14:00-15:00Cardiff University TentBehaviour change workshopA proactive and practical workshop that will support you to put behaviour-changing ideas to work. The session will be of interest to anyone who wishes to learn more about behaviour change and will be of particular benefit to policy officers in any field.Dr Gwenno Griffith & Osian Elias (Swansea University)
15:00-16:00Cardiff University TentMirror of the nation: 'La Marseillaise' in Wales 1848, 1871 and 1914The first Welsh version of 'La Marseillaise' appeared in 1796, a 'Song of Liberty' which reflected the ideals of the French Revolution of 1789. This presentation will consider subsequent versions of this cultural icon in Wales, which re-imagined the song as an international workers' hymn, national anthem and war song in aid of the Welsh soldiers in the First World War.Dr Marion Loeffler
16:00-17:30Cardiff University TentQ&A with Guto HarriA high profile event launching ITV and S4C's new journalistic training scheme. With Guto Harri, the distinguished broadcaster and presenter of the new political programme 'Y Byd yn ei Le'. Followed by light refreshments.ITV Wales
16:30-17:30National Trust TentMaking the past present: From future animals to Guerrilla ArchaeologyDr Jacqui Mulville created Guerrilla Archaeology in order to share her passion for the past with the public. By combining her specialist knowledge of archaeological science with her love of arts, her innovative workshops attract thousands of people each year.Dr Jacqui Mulville
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10:00-17:00Cardiff University TentEisteddfod festival researchCardiff University Festivals Research Group will be conducting research into the impact of the National Eisteddfod in Wales.Dr Andrea Collins, Dr Eleri Rosier & Dr Nicole Koenig-Lewis
10:00-17:00Cardiff University TentWind energy demonstrationCome and meet the InnoDC researchers, who will be explaining how wind energy works.InnoDC (Innovative tools for offshore wind and direct current grids) 
11:45-12:45HSBC PavilionThe presentation ceremony of the Science MedalThis year, the science medal will be awarded to Dr Hefin Jones from Cardiff University's School of Biosciences for his lifelong contribution to science through the medium of Welsh.The National Eisteddfod
12:00-13:00Cardiff University TentBeethoven and the natural worldBeethoven loved to leave Vienna behind and escape to nature, either through walks in the woods or through summer stays in the city's surrounding villages. This talk will examine the ways that Beethoven expressed his love of nature through his music, whether in his folk song settings (including Welsh ones), his song cycles, his Pastoral Symphony, and even in untexted instrumental music.Dr Keith Chapin
13:00-13:45Societies Tent 1Translation, adaptation and displacement: The relationship between Welsh and English place names in CardiffThe Hedley Gibbard Memorial Lecture, Cymdeithas Cyfieithwyr Cymru (the association of Welsh translators and interpreters): With its roots in the Roman era, Cardiff has always been a multilingual city. This lecture will consider the variety of inter-lingual processes that have influenced the linguistic landscape of the modern city.Dr Dylan Foster Evans
13:00-14:00Cardiff University TentDesigning innovative medicines of the futureProfessor Simon Ward will discuss the origins of our current drugs to treat neuroscience and mental health conditions and the role of our new institute in aiming to improve the lives of patients by designing innovative new medicines.Professor Simon Ward
13:15-14:15Societies Tent 3The Welsh of the 'Land of Gold': Welsh emigrants in Victoria, Australia, in the second half of the 19th centuryAnnual Lecture: Wales International.Emeritus Professor Bill Jones
14:00-15:00Cardiff University TentUnlocking the imagination: Gwasg y Dref Wen's children's booksA special event to celebrate the contribution of Gwasg y Dref Wen to Welsh children’s literature. Dr Siwan Rosser will be in the company of Roger Boore, who established Gwasg y Dref Wen in Cardiff in 1969 in order to produce diverse, high-quality Welsh books for young readers. Dr Siwan Rosser
15:00-15:50Societies Tent 3Language planning 1993-2018: International normsThis presentation will trace the conceptual development of language planning, before turning to examples of successful policies in Europe. Subsequently, the discussion will turn to new methods of social intervention to promote lesser-used languages in a holistic way. Points that are considerably obvious to our situation in Wales will be presented.  Professor Colin Williams
16:00-17:00Cardiff University TentTranslating the literature of the Middle AgesFollowing the recent publishing of two translations, Professor Katie Gramich and Professor Sioned Davies discuss the work of Gwerful Mechain, the Mabinogion, and the task of translating the literature of the Middle Ages.Dr Tomos Owen, Professor Katie Gramich & Professor Sioned Davies
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10:00-17:00Cardiff University TentEisteddfod festival researchCardiff University Festivals Research Group will be conducting research into the impact of the National Eisteddfod in Wales.Dr Andrea Collins, Dr Eleri Rosier & Dr Nicole Koenig-Lewis
10:00-17:00Cardiff University TentBuilding a building for allCome and chat to people involved in Grangetown's Community Gateway Project and explore our vision through virtual reality.Lynne Thomas
12:00-13:30Societies Tent 2Justice in WalesA panel of leading lawyers in Wales take part in a discussion on the future of the justice system in Wales, led by Professor Richard Wyn Jones of the Wales Governance Centre, Cardiff University.Professor Richard Wyn Jones
13:00-14:00Cardiff University TentSmart energy for the future - what does it look like?A panel of academics and young people will be discussing what the future of smart energy will look like.Professor Hywel Thomas
14:00-15:00Cardiff University TentWorking with GrangetownA presentation about Cardiff University’s work in the community of Grangetown, leading to a philosophy café about multiculturalism and Welsh identity.Lynne Thomas & Dr Huw Williams
14:00- 14:30The Wales-Argentina Society Tent‘Eilun Coll’: Eluned Morgan, O. M. Edwards and the pacifists of Y Deyrnas‘Eilun Coll’: Eluned Morgan, O. M. Edwards and the pacifists of Y Deyrnas An overlook on the pacifism of Eluned Morgan (1870-1938), a writer from ‘Y Wladfa’ (The Welsh Settlement, Patagonia), who lived in Cardiff during the First World War.Professor E. Wyn James
15:00-16:00Societies Tent 2Hattie Williams's "shame": Welsh tinplate workers in America in the 1890sA consideration of the role of Hattie Williams, trailblazer of women's working rights from Swansea to the USA.Emeritus Professor Bill Jones
17:00-17:30Cardiff University TentFriends of Cardiff University reception (invitation-only event)A private event for friends and prospective partners of Cardiff University.Barry Sullivan
17:30-18:00Cardiff University TentOfficial Launch of Undeb Myfyrwyr Cymraeg CaerdyddA celebration of the establishment of UMCC, Cardiff's Welsh Speakers Students' Union. With Meri Huws the Welsh Language Commissioner as a guest speaker. Osian Morgan
18:00-19:30Cardiff University TentAlumni receptionAn opportunity for past and present students to meet and exchange stories of their time at Cardiff University.Emily Travis
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10:00-17:00Cardiff University TentEisteddfod festival researchCardiff University Festivals Research Group will be conducting research into the impact of the National Eisteddfod in Wales.Dr Andrea Collins, Dr Eleri Rosier & Dr Nicole Koenig-Lewis