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Public Engagement at Manchester

As part of the Manchester Science Festival, The University of Manchester hosts the Science Spectacular. And this year we are set to do it all over again on Saturday 20 October 2018, 11am - 4pm, Whitworth Hall and Manchester Museum, Oxford Road Manchester (Free Entry! Drop in any time!)

Join our scientists for a fun filled day of science challenges, live experiments, and interactive demonstrations.

We've got activities for all ages. Help us create a mini tornado, snuggle up to some creepy crawlies, and crack secret DNA and computer codes. We've got robots, bugs and drugs, moon rocks, fascinating fungi, and more! With more than 40 interactive science activities you don’t want to miss out on our annual family science fun day.

Don’t forget to chat with our scientists and engineers – they are behind some of the world’s most amazing discoveries.

Why not take a look at our photo gallery or watch our short film from 2015 to find out what this event is all about.


You can also watch this short film to see what our researchers and members of the public got up to at Science Spectacualar 2013!

Evaluation and Awards

You can download our evaluation reports, these helped us to provide evidence of success and led to us winning a Social Responsibility Award for Outstanding Public Engagement Initiative in 2015: