17 Oct 2016
Celebrating science in Norwich: Tuesday 18 – Sunday 30 October 2016
The first, city-wide Science Festival takes place from 18-30 October and will celebrate Norwich as a world-class city of science. Organised by The Forum, with the support of many partner organisations, the Festival is a chance for all ages to enjoy fascinating talks, interactive exhibitions and family activities.
A four day dedicated learning programme takes place Tuesday 18-Friday 21 October, with over 2,000 local young learners attending sessions to immerse themselves in science via exhibitions, presentations, shows and lots of hands-on, scientific fun and discovery.
From Saturday 22 October, there are lots more events and activities planned for the half term holiday, including; physical theatre and science demos from The Experimentrics, forensic archaeology with the DNA Detectives, Mad Science with Anglian Water and shows such as Ultimate Aliens, Mini Professors and Dr Ken’s It’s All Done with Mirrors.
The Forum is the hub venue for the Festival with events also planned at Norwich Playhouse, OPEN, Norwich Arts Centre, Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form and other city locations.
As one of the centrepieces of the Festival, The Forum is hosting an impressive life-sized, walk-through section of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC tunnel and accelerator, along with interactive exhibits and digital media, highlights what scientists hope to learn in the next phase of the world’s biggest science experiment.
Visitors to The Forum can also enjoy stargazing in the inflatable planetarium and experience a visit to the International Space Station.
The Festival’s headline sponsor is Anglian Water and they are bringing some fantastic science-themed events to The Forum and Sir Isaac Newton Zone including; the Mad Science Show, a Lego Challenge and Water RiverCare and BeachCare activities.
Collette Parker, Customer Engagement Manager from Anglian Water said: “Anglian Water is delighted to be part of the Festival. Science is at the centre of everything we do – including those simple acts of turning on a tap or flushing a toilet – opening the minds of all ages to the wonder of science and all its possibilities. We’re really looking forward to bringing some family fun to the Festival between Saturday 22 and Wednesday 26 October.”
Talks from pioneering scientists and familiar TV faces are taking place throughout the Festival, including Lord Robert Winston, oceanographer and broadcaster Helen Czerski, ‘the people’s astronomer’ Mark Thompson of Stargazing Live, and Dr Marty Jopson, resident scientist on the BBC’s One Show.
The Norfolk Festival of Nature forms a part of the Festival to offer even more talks and events. These include Nature Question Time hosted by BBC presenter Martha Kearney, a panel discussion with nature writers Mark Cocker and Tim Dee, a talk by evolutionist Richard Fortey and cutting-edge bird science from Prof Nicky Clayton.
And don’t miss special themed days such as Physics Fest, Chemistry Day, Biology Day and the Norwich Research Park’s Solving Problems with Science weekend where visitors can get stuck into all sorts of scientific fun.
Tim Bishop, Chief Executive of The Forum said: “We are so excited about the variety and quality of events that have come together to bring the Norwich Science Festival to life. I think it shows the strength of what is going on in Norwich and the fantastic range and depth of what’s here. This city is a world renowned centre of excellence for ground breaking, life-changing scientific research and the Festival aims to do this justice. There is something to fascinate and inspire people of all ages and all levels of knowledge throughout the Festival and we hope to make it as exciting and memorable as we can.”
Many of the Festival events are free to attend on a drop-in basis. Some events are ticketed and priced from £3 – £15.
The Norwich Science Festival is made possible by a unique cross-city partnership led by The Forum in collaboration with UEA, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, The Millennium Library, Norfolk Festival of Nature, RSPB and Norfolk Wildlife Trust among many others. The Norwich Science Festival’s headline sponsor is Anglian Water and the Learning Programme is sponsored by the Norse Group and supported by The Big Bang, Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form and the Foyle Foundation.