22 May 2013

British Science Festival


Start: 7 Sep 2013 – Festival runs thoughout the day for six days from 7-12 Sept
End: 12 Sep 2013 –
Venue: Newcastle upon Tyne
Address: Venues across the city including Newcastle Univsersity (Festival hosts), Northumbria University (associate partners), City Library (City Council associate partners), Centre for Life, Great North Museum, Discovery Museum, Tyneside Cinema and Northern Stage.
Telephone: Booking lines open in July via www.britishsciencefestival.org

Newcastle will host a science spectacular to remember from 7th to 12th September when one of Europe’s largest and longest-running public science events arrives in the city.

Each autumn the British Science Festival transforms a different UK city into a celebration of science, engineering and technology and this year the North East of England will have a unique opportunity to showcase its world-class scientific credentials. The Festival is presented by the British Science Association with hosts Newcastle University and associate partners Newcastle City Council and Northumbria University.

An exciting programme is lined up for families, adults, professionals and school groups, packed with entertaining and engaging shows and events featuring artists, musicians, comedians and Newcastle University’s own science street buskers. The full programme will be announced in July when booking lines open and Festival highlights will include:

Family fun

The six-day event will kick-off with an entire weekend dedicated to educating and entertaining families. From a science sleepover in a museum and science superheroes to freaky food of the future and walking on custard, there will be something to capture the imagination and interest of all. Events will take place across the city at venues including the Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, the Centre for Life, the Great North (Hancock) Museum, the City Library and the Discovery Museum.

Newcastle University and Northumbria University will throw open the doors to give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at some of the science they are working on. There will be lots to learn about – everything from bacteria and poisons to electronics and ageing, and even why our fingers go wrinkly in the bath!

Debates and Lectures

Debates and lectures will feature eminent scientists, including stars of the small screen, those at the forefront of today’s technology and scientists searching for solutions to tomorrow’s challenges.

The Award Lectures are a highlight of the programme and are awarded to rising stars of the world of science – Professor Brian Cox and Professor Richard Wiseman both gave Award Lectures at the start of their careers. This year two Newcastle University researchers have been selected for the prestigious honour of giving two of the five Award Lectures in recognition of their skills in presenting their work to a general audience. Dr Michael Sweet will deliver the Charles Darwin Award Lecture and Professor Hayley Fowler will present the Joseph Lister Award Lecture.

School groups

For school groups aged eight to 18, there will be the best the UK has to offer in science shows and workshops running on the Newcastle University campus on weekdays throughout the Festival .


The SciScreen all-night film show is just one of the programme’s events that is strictly for the grown-ups. An entire night dedicated to films themed around science, including cult classics, science fiction, talks and experimentation with researchers from Newcastle University, Festival-goers are invited not just to be part of the audience, but also part of the experiment. The Electromagnetic Pulse Party is a club night out with a difference, combining DJs, performance, interactive installations and playful science.


From its beginnings, in 1831, the British Science Festival has brought together scientists from different disciplines to explore the breakthroughs their colleagues have been making, and demonstrate how research can make a real impact on diverse areas of science, business, innovation and professional endeavour. This year will be no different with events ranging from Newcastle Science City’s debate on the role of science in the growth of a future city to Newcastle University’s focus on 21st Century transport.

Many Festival events will be drop-in activities however booking will be required for some sessions. Tickets can be ordered when booking lines open in mid-July.

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Follow the Festival on Twitter via @BritishSciFest and @EngageNE

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