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Opportunities to get involved with public engagement and outreach

We're always looking for volunteers to help out with our activities at the major UK science festivals, our events around the country and our regional activities.

If you want to be notified of upcoming public engagement and outreach opportunities, sign up to the RSB Public Engagement Volunteering Opportunities mailing list. If you’re not a member or registered with our website, you will need to create a free mySociety account with your name and email address. You can then go to My Subscriptions to subscribe to the volunteer mailing list and a range of other free newsletters.

The RSB can be found at many of the UK's science festivals, providing opportunities for anyone interested in science to meet us, work with us, and find out more about us. This year we will be taking hands-on science biology activities to the following festivals and events. If you live near these events you can volunteer to help us by emailing your details to

Big Bang Fair, NEC 2020 - CANCELLED
The Big Bang Fair 2020 due to take place 11th-14th March at NEC, Birmingham has been cancelled.

Hullabaloo - Change of date and format
Now Hullabaloo At Home (previously at Sandown, Isle of Wight) which took place between 9th-21st June 2020.

Look back at our hands-on science activities from the Hullabaloo At Home online to learn about science and more.

Lambeth Country Show - Change of format
Lambeth Country Show 2020 will now take place as a virtual show only between 18th-19th July 2020.

Take part in our hands-on science activities at the Virtual Lambeth Country Show online to learn about science and more.

GSF 2020: Science on the Sofa
Online 9th September - 9th November 2020
An online science festival with a digital programme of hands-on activities, talks, shows and more, to entertain and inspire.

Sidmouth Science Festival
Online 9th - 18th October 2020
An online science festival with a digital programme of hands-on activities, talks, shows and more.

Midlothian Science Festival
Online 17th - 25th October 2020
An online science festival with a digital programme of hands-on activities.

Swansea Science Festival
Online 24th - 25th October 2020
An online science festival with a digital programme of presentations, talks, interactive workshops and demonstrations, there will be something for everybody to enjoy.

RSB Science at Home
Online 21st - 22nd November 2020
We're launching our first ever online science festival, to bring a range of videos, activities, games and more straight to your computer screen to entertain and engage you and your family.
We've partnered with some of the best science organisations in the UK and beyond to bring you content for any budding biologist, chemist, geologist, physicist, or anyone who loves science and wants to find out more.

Run an event with us

What's in it for your organisation?

  • Actively engage with the general public and school children to provide learning opportunities
  • Work together with other societies as part of the Royal Society of Biology and promote the discipline of biology to the general public
  • Interact with the media and promote your area of biology to the press
  • Promoting your area of biology and your individual organisation through these well respected, established events

Don’t have much time or money?

We welcome input at any level. This can be from suggesting a topic or a speaker who may be suitable, to organising an event. We aim to actively promote collaborations between organisations and support all Organisational Members, no matter what their budget or time restrictions, to engage with the public.

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