Norwich Science Festival 2019

Boy and man at Norwich Science Festival 2019 - credit Mark Hewlett Photography

Chimpanzee calls, roaming robots and an ostrich dissection...

The fourth Norwich Science Festival took place 19–27 October 2019 and saw everything from chimpanzee calls with Dr Jane Goodall, through to an ostrich dissection and the chance to interact with robots.

The Festival was the biggest yet, with over 180 events for all ages and all levels of knowledge, with over 137,000 visits to Festival events, and was co-ordinated by The Forum and partners such as Norwich Research Park and UEA.

As well as hands-on science, talks, shows and debates, the Festival also hosted its first ‘science lates’ event ‘Science After Six’ – which was a chance for grown-ups to enjoy a science comedy, rap science, cocktails and even an ‘organ off’ called Offal Waffle, where the battle for the best organ was fought!

The Festival also ran a Learning Programme, for schools, youth groups and home-educated learners, which saw over 3100 students from reception classes to sixth formers get inspired by science.

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2019 Sponsors:

Norwich Science Festival 2019 sponsors

Headline sponsor – Anglian Water

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Anglian Water is delighted to be headline sponsor of Norwich Science Festival, helping to open minds of all ages to the wonders of science.

Andy Brown, Head of Sustainability at headline sponsor Anglian Water, said: “We are extremely proud to be the headline sponsor of the Norwich Science Festival again this year. Science is important in everything we do and to meet the challenges of today – climate change, living within our environmental limits and maintaining water, a vital public resource – we need to inspire the scientists of tomorrow. This is what the Science Festival does so well.”

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Marquee sponsor – Norwich Accountancy Services

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Norwich Accountancy Services Aim to provide an affordable yet high quality Accountancy Service for small businesses and individuals. We aim to meet your needs by working hard to ensure that you don’t pay any more tax than you legally have to, treating your returns as if they were our own.

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Sponsor of health weekend – Fitness Space

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Located in the Cringleford area of Norwich, Fitness Space features a fully-equipped gym and studio, offering the training space and head space to achieve your fitness results with the support of their highly qualified Fitness Coaches. With state-of-the-art equipment from Techno Gym as well as a range of classes including hot yoga, at Fitness Space they believe ‘no one size fits all’ so whatever your goals, there’s a membership type for you. Plus, at Fitness Space they have embraced technology, so their interactive app and state-of-the-art equipment means there is masses of support for all aspects of a member’s fitness goals.

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Sponsor of zoology day – ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure

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Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure is a family-owned adventure park in Lenwade, Norfolk.

The 85-acre park, which is open all year round except Christmas Day and Boxing Day, offers true family fun adventure of a Jurassic nature, including animatronic dinosaurs in natural settings, Dippy’s Splash Zone, Predator High Ropes, Secret Animal Garden and Dinomite – Norfolk’s largest indoor play area.

Guests can also explore the Deer Safari, Dinosaur Trail, Lost World A-mazing Adventure, Pterodactyl Treehouse, Stone Age Road Race indoor race circuit and X-tinction fossil dig.

Plenty of ROARR-some food outlets are available, including the new Explorers steampunk themed restaurant. The park hosts a number of family friendly themed events throughout the year – with online booking advised for best prices. Season tickets are available for year-round adventure and individual admission costs vary depending on the season.

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Sponsor of nature day – Veolia

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Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With nearly 169 000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them. In 2017, the Veolia group supplied 96 million people with drinking water and 62 million people with wastewater service, produced nearly 55 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 47 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €25.12 billion in 2017(USD 30.1 billion).

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Sponsor of technology day – Vattenfall

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Vattenfall is a leading European energy company. For more than 100 years we have electrified industries, supplied energy to people’s homes and modernised our way of living. Our Offshore Wind Farm Projects, Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas are part of our drive to make fossil-free living possible within one generation.

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Sponsor of engineering day – UTCN

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University Technical College Norfolk (UTCN) is a 14-18 school created to developing tomorrow’s engineering and technology specialists. UTCN provides a comprehensive educational foundation for any student who has an interest in engineering, science, technology, maths or computing. The UTC ethos and curriculum is heavily supported by local and national STEM employers who also provide work experience for students to reinforce the skills learnt in school.

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Sponsor of chemistry day – Briar Chemicals

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Briar Chemicals delivers contract and custom manufacturing solutions to customers across the globe. From their Norwich site, they service world-leading companies in the crop protection, fine and speciality sectors, utilising a broad asset and technology base, underpinned by quality drive project management.

Briar is committed to building strong relationships with stakeholders and neighbours, and have excellent community relations, engaging stakeholders through a varied programme of external activities. In particular, Briar is passionate about generating opportunities for the future generation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) talent. Education is vital to the company’s growth strategy and they proactively develop skills for the future by investing in the next generation.

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Learning Programme sponsor – KLM UK Engineering

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KLM UK Engineering is delighted to be sponsoring the Engineering Flight KS3 day, part of the Norwich Science Festival Learning Programme. As well as the exciting programme that is taking place two of our current engineers will be on hand to talk about their journey in aircraft engineering and will be part of a Q&A panel. The team will be on hand throughout the day to talk aviation and engineering and look forward to seeing you there!

KLM UK Engineering is an aircraft maintenance and training provider based in Norwich, wholly owned by KLM and a member of the AFI KLM E&M Network. The Company has been based at Norwich Airport for over 40 years delivering engineering support to aircraft types such as Boeing 737, Fokker 70/100, Embraer E170/190, Airbus A320’s & Bae146/Avro RJ’s. As well as delivering maintenance KLM UK Engineering has been delivering technical training for over 35 years from apprenticeships to degree programmes and is delighted to be situated within the International Aviation Academy Norwich in a purpose-built facility that houses a Boeing 737 for the students to gain the skills required in the industry. The Company employs approx. 380 staff and prides itself on having an experienced and skilled work force and delivering high quality products to its customer base.

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Contributors’ Lounge Sponsor – EIRA

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EIRA is a collaborative project between seven universities and colleges in the East of England. Driving economic growth in the region, EIRA connects businesses with academic expertise, consultancy, facilities and funding opportunities. Led by the Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent and backed by £4.7 million of Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund, EIRA delivers activities across three themes: digital creative, artificial intelligence and biotechnology. EIRA has opportunities to work with businesses of all sizes through Innovation Vouchers, Research and Development Grants, i-Teams, Hothouse events, Start-up Microfinance and Innovation Internships.

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