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Science Festivals

Every year the UK hosts several huge celebrations of science, technology and engineering, as well as many smaller satellite events and tours. The Royal Society of Biology can be found at many of the major UK science festivals, providing opportunities for anyone interested in science to meet us, work with us, and find out more about us.

Brighton Science Festival

When: 2 - 28 February 2016
Where: Brighton

Brighton Science Festival started nine years ago. It has plenty of fun activities for all ages, particularly for 12-14 year olds. Keep checking the website for news of the 2016 programme.

The Big Bang Fair

When: 16 - 19 March 2016
Where: Birmingham NEC

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is the biggest celebration of science and engineering in the UK. This free event is a great opportunity for students or children to experience science, technology, engineering and maths up close in a fresh new way. There are also a number of smaller Big Bang Near Me events happening around the UK throughout the year.

The Times Cheltenham Science Festival

When: 7 - 12 June 2016
Where: Cheltenham Town Hall and Imperial Gardens

The Times Cheltenham Science Festival is a six day celebration of science, engineering and the arts, part of the larger Cheltenham Festivals series. Its schools’ programme offers a wide range of interactive events and shows, activity workshops and the Discover Zone, a very popular hands-on exhibition. It also features a discussion and networking evening specifically for teachers.

Glasgow Science Festival

When: June 2016
Where: Glasgow

Launched in 2007, Glasgow Science Festival (GSF) has grown to be one of the largest science festivals in the UK. GSF takes memorable events to non-traditional venues across the City, engaging with over 50,000 people from all ages and backgrounds, from novices to experts. GSF combines a light hearted tone with seriousness of purpose, exploring STEMM and the social and ethical issues surrounding these subjects.

British Science Festival

When: 6 - 9 September 2016
Where: Swansea

In 2016 the British Science Festival will be returning to Swansea University and will be supported by Siemens. The aim of the festival is to bring cutting-edge British science to the fore and celebrate the importance of science in our society. This year the programme will focus on new research presented through a series of lectures, debates and discussions.

For more information about attending or volunteering at science festivals in the UK, see our taking part page or contact our events team.