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UK Science Festivals Network Conference 2021

Join us online on 19 January 2021 to discuss all things science festivals and events…

UK Science Festivals Network Conference -This conference is for anyone who is interested or involved in organising science festivals, events or activities.

19 January 2021, 08.45-18.00,  £25+VAT pp

You can expect a day packed full of fantastic content with amazing speakers from across the science engagement sector. We will be discussing:

  • How festivals and others from the science engagement community have been rising to the challenges and opportunities presented by COVID-19
  • New ways that we can listen to and build trust within our communities
  • The ways in which we can acquire the practical skills to foster inclusivity in our science events as we look ahead to the future
  • Plenty of other topics including design thinking, conspiracy theories, funding, as well as yoga classes and a virtual petting zoo! There’s something for everyone at #UKSFN21

To find out more, head over to the Hopin event page, where you can read the full programme and purchase your tickets: https://hopin.com/events/uk-science-festivals-network-conference-2021

To find out about the UK Science Festivals Network please visit:

Please get in touch with info@sciencefestivals.uk if you have any queries.

Posted on behalf of Hannah Lawrence, Engagement Officer British Science Association

UK Science Festivals Network Conference

Join us in London on the 19 November for the UK Science Festivals Network Conference to discuss all things science festivals and events…. This conference is for anyone who is interested or involved in organising science festivals, events or activities.

19 November 2019, 09.30-19.00 | Events @ No 6, London | £120+VAT pp

Thrilling, rewarding and exhausting: three words all science festival and event organisers can relate to. Despite the chaotic mixture of emotions we often feel, we’re all in this because we have a passion for putting on exciting and engaging activities for our audiences. Whether it be fine tuning the logistics, producing a high-quality programme or meeting inspiring people, everyone has favourite (and not so favourable) aspects of their role.

The UK science festival ecosystem is diverse and constantly evolving, but we rarely take the time to celebrate what we have achieved or to look ahead to some of the challenges and opportunities for the sector. This is where the UK Science Festivals Network (UKSFN) come in – we bring together science festivals and non-science festivals with scientific content to consider the highs, lows and future of festival organisation and management.


Following the success of the last year’s UKSFN Conference in Swansea, we’re re-lighting the fire for the third time. Based on feedback from our members, this year we will be convening in London. Join us again, or for the first time, to discuss best practice in diversifying audiences and speakers, workshop new approaches to  programming  and learn what else is happening beyond the UK, amongst other topics. Most importantly, there will be plenty of opportunities to network and socialise with other conference attendees – if only it serves to reassure you that you’re not alone in this crazy little science engagement bubble!


Anyone interested or involved in organising science events and activities in general. This conference is open to all, you do not have to be a member of the UKSFN to attend.
For tickets and more info please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uk-science-festivals-network-conference-2019-tickets-65427889579

If you have any queries, please get in touch with hannah.lawrence@britishscienceassociation.org

Posted on behaf of Hannah Lawrence, Engagement Officer, British Science Association

British Science Festival 2018 call for proposals

The British Science Festival is Europe’s longest standing science festival, travelling to a different place in the United Kingdom each year. It aims to diversify the public’s understanding of science, with an events programme that encompasses it in the broadest sense of the word.

Next year, the Festival is taking place in Hull – the 2017 UK City of Culture – and will be hosted by the University of Hull between 11-14 September 2018.

Open call for proposals

Would you like to be involved in the British Science Festival 2018? We’re looking for proposals from across the scientific spectrum and beyond. Festival content should be aimed at non-specialist adults (i.e. aged 16+) with a broad interest in science. We welcome and encourage creative formats and drop-in activities.

The deadline for proposals is 9.00am, 19 February 2018. Please visit our webpage for further details.

Call for Award Lecture nominations

Are you, or do you know, an exceptional early career researcher? Every year the British Science Association asks for nominations for the seven Award Lectureships available to academics who are keen to engage people with their research. These Award Lectures aim to promote open and informed discussion of science and related disciplines. More information, including the application process can be found here.

Winners will have the opportunity to present their Award Lecture at the 2018 Festival.

The deadline for Award Lecture nominations is 9.00am, 2 January 2018

Science Spectacular 2017 – Applications of Interest – Now Open (closes 11 Sept 2017)

Science Spectacular – our annual university-wide family fun science fair – returns for the Manchester Science Festival 2017, and we hope you can join us.

Science Spectacular is a key event in the University’s calendar of public engagement events. It provides an interactive showcase for the exciting research taking place across the University and offers the opportunity to engage with audiences of all ages. Running since 2011, we typically attract around 2,000 visitors and have featured prominently as a highlight of MSF. If you haven’t heard of Science Spectacular before, then check out our photo gallery and our short film.

What our visitors said about last year’s event:

  • “This has been a wonderful day. Our grandson has taught us so much, we had no idea he knew so much about science. Also the scientists have all been so friendly.”
  • “@UoMEngage it was brill wasn’t it? Loved the stuff in the study today. A big hit with the 7 year olds. #sciencespectacular”
  • “Hey @UoMEngage #ScienceSpectacular knocked it out of the park again. Special thanks to the rocket enthusiasts!”

This year Science Spectacular will take place on Saturday 21 October in Whitworth Hall and Manchester Museum.

We are looking to host 50 interactive table top science stations. So if you’d like to be a part of this year’s event, please return the attached Applications of Interest form by Monday 11 September 2017.

Download the application of interest form (doc).

Posted by Dee-Ann Johnson, on behalf of the UoM Science Spectacular Co-ordinating Group

Bradford Science Festival – Finding the Surprising Science in the City!

The National Science and Media Museum and partners, invites visitors to come out and play, create and experiment with science at the Bradford Science Festival 2017.

An exciting new science festival designed to WOW families and young adults with exciting events, experiences and experiments. It’s all taking place in Bradford’s stunning City Park, in the Science and Media Museum plus other accessible but familiar venues.

The Bradford Science Festival is all about engaging families and young people with the science that is everywhere in exciting and inspiring ways and using the City of Bradford and Bradford people as inspiration for Finding the Surprising Science in the City! We will be turning familiar venues and attractions into an Interactive Science wonderland.

This year’s festival is a launch weekend which will grow over the coming years to become a major annual feature in the city’s cultural and events calendar. Launching with a provocative evening of STEM events aimed at our young adult audience and followed by 2 incredible days of playful and immersive experimentation and discovery, focussed at a family audience. The Festival will develop a unique alliance of partners and supporters, create and support new and innovative projects and engage families and young people who may have low science capital to be excited by the science that is everywhere in their city.

For a proposal form and further information, please contact Robin Dark (Partnerships and Learning Project Manager) robin.dark@scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk by 14th April 2017.

Science Festivals round-up

Just some of the ‘science’ festivals taking 

Brighton Science Festival

Cambridge Science Festival
British Science Week
Oxfordshire Science Festival
Fife Science Festival
York Festival of Science and Technology

Edinburgh International Science Festival

HowTheLightGetsIn Philosophy and Music Festival

Cheltenham Science Festival
Bristol Festival of Nature

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition
Wrexham Science Festival

Orkney Science Festival
Green Man Festival – Einstein’s Garden

Techfest (Scotland North)

Milton Keynes Science Festival
London Science Festival
Manchester Festival of Science

Dundee Science Festival
Highland Science Festival
ESRC Festival of Social Science
Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities

British Science Festival Fringe Programme for families and schools: Open call

Be a part of the Fringe Science Festival 2015 in Bradford this September.

The Fringe Science Festival will be following on from the British Science Festival which is being hosted by the University of Bradford in 2015. The Fringe is starting on Friday 11 September and going through to Friday 18 September.

The Fringe Science Festival is aimed at a young audience, families and the community including schools (Key Stages 2, 3, 4 & 5), and hopes to attract 20,000 people in total from Bradford and beyond during the week. This open call is an opportunity for anyone interested in running an activity/event for these audiences.

The theme of the festival is ‘Science’ so it could involve anything from chemistry to religion, from art to engineering. We are open to all formats whether it is an interactive event for children or an engaging workshop for the community as long as it links with science in some way.

If you have an idea for an event which your organisation can provide, please complete the short form application form and a member of the Fringe Science Festival team will be in touch with you.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday 26 April 2015.

Please note: If you have any questions regarding the application, please get in touch with Richard Davany directly R.Devany@bradford.ac.uk. Richard is overseeing the applications and will be best placed to advise on any queries.