The much-loved Norwich Science Festival returned from 23 to 30 October 2021 to The Forum and across Norwich and Norfolk. Audiences of all ages enjoyed eight incredible and inspiring days of activities, talks and events to celebrate science in our region, ranging from how to solve a crime and a llama dissection to the Complete Guide To Absolutely Everything (Abridged), and everything in-between.
The sixth Norwich Science Festival was an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the groundbreaking ways that scientists and innovators are tackling challenges that society faces and helping us to embrace the future.
Delivered in a hybrid format at The Forum and at other partner venues as well as online, the eight-day celebration of science was welcomed back by partners, contributors and visitors with enthusiasm. Its engaging programme covered zoology and nature; climate change; digital technology; engineering; chemistry; astronomy, space and physics, and cutting-edge research from scientists at Norwich Research Park.
Over the last few years, we've had fantastic events and talks on all sorts of subjects, from tiny bugs to the vastness of space. We're pleased to be able to offer a snapshot of these for you to watch again.Watch past events
The successful Festival, delivered safely in line with the current guidelines to keep visitors, staff and contributors safe, was attended by over 67,500 visitors. With over 180 events, and more than 80 free events, there was plenty to enjoy from the full programme of hands-on science, talks, shows, workshops and Science After Six events designed specifically for adults.
In 2021, Norwich Science Festival co-hosted a series of LGBTQ+ in STEMM events and an exhibition to celebrate the diversity of people and roles within STEMM. It aimed to boost the LGBTQ+ voice within scientific environments.Exhibiting pride in STEMM
Our thanks to the following companies for their sponsorship of the 2021 Norwich Science Festival:
Gresham’s is an authentic boarding and day school, founded in 1555, providing a fully rounded education to children aged 2 to 18. The school is situated on a 200 acre site, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just four miles from the breath-taking North Norfolk coast. Gresham’s holds an ‘Excellent’ rating across all nine categories following an Independent Schools Inspectorate visit, which is testament to the high-quality teaching and excellent pastoral care.
The Dyson Building opened at Gresham’s in September 2021. Sir James Dyson, a former pupil at the school, is enabling the innovative new centre for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education.
ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure - Sponsors of Nature and Zoology Day
Unleash your adventure at the UK’s biggest and best all-inclusive themed dinosaur day out!
Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, based in Lenwade, offers a truly ROARR-some Jurassic experience for the whole family to enjoy. With over 20 ROARR-some attractions including Dippy’s Splash Zone, Predator High Ropes, Dinosaur Trail, Dippy’s Theatre, Secret Animal Garden and Dinomite Indoor Adventure Play Area – there is something for all intrepid dino explorers to enjoy. And with a range of dino fuel stops (for those all-important lunchtime meals), facilities and live entertainment – a trip to the 85-acre adventure park is a must for all dino fans.
Vattenfall - Sponsors of Climate Change Day
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.
Hello, we’re Breakwater IT. We provide proactive IT support and services to businesses of all shapes and sizes.
We’re a friendly bunch made up of engineers, account managers and administration. By outsourcing your IT to Breakwater, you receive essential solutions and security as standard. This includes backup, anti-virus, email security, device maintenance and licensing compliance.
In addition to our IT support, we provide other key services you’d rather not have to manage. These include backup and disaster recovery, cloud solutions, telecoms, and CCTV services. We also offer consultative and specialist project work.
East Coast College - Sponsors of Engineering Day
East Coast College is a well-established further education college based in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, offering a fantastic breadth and depth of subjects and technical and professional training for school leavers and adults up to degree level. Our Lowestoft campus also includes a sixth form college, allowing us to offer an even broader academic curriculum with fantastic progression opportunities to apprenticeships and university. With specialist maritime, energy and offshore training centres, combined with commercial training and a partnership with University of Suffolk, East Coast College has become a centre of excellence for energy, engineering and offshore skills training.
Briar Chemicals - Sponsors of Chemistry Day
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.
Howes Percival - Sponsor of Festival Launch Event
Howes Percival is a leading commercial law firm offering a wide range of legal expertise, from corporate, employment, litigation and property to estate planning and family law. Our lawyers are recruited from a variety of backgrounds. Many trained with us, others have come to us from prestigious international and City firms and some have a proven background in industry. This means that our clients are served by an excellent mix of legal experts with a wide-range of experience and a shared desire to do their best for each client.