From the science of gin through to the scientific secrets of Doctor Who, there is something for everyone in this year’s Norwich Science Festival, which returns 21-29 October during half term.
The bumper brochure, featuring over 125 events, has just been released, and includes nine days of celebrity talks, inspirational shows and exhibitions, hands-on family fun, cutting-edge research, and science activities for all ages and all levels of knowledge.
Tickets are now on sale, via norwichsciencefestival.co.uk, for headline talks including Helen Sharman – Britain’s First Astronaut, shows from TV/radio scientists and celebrities Ben Garrod, Mark Thompson, Adam Rutherford, Lizzie Daly, Nicholas Crane and Johnny Ball.
If you like your science with a dose of laughter, or a laid-back science talk with added beer, there are plenty of ‘After Hours’ events to choose from, including shows from Pint of Science, a look at the science behind the movies, and an X-Rated Science event which is strictly adults only! Other quirky events include The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who, which explores the huge range of concepts covered in the show from black holes to artificial intelligence, and a talk on time machines.
There are also plenty of free, hands-on family activities during the Festival, with special themed days at The Forum, kicking off with a look at stars and space in Astronomy Day on 21 October, plus other days dedicated to physics, engineering and maths, chemistry, biology, nature and the environment, and food and agriculture.
The Festival features inspiring talks on world-leading research and discoveries, including two days of how local researchers from Norwich Research Park are ‘Solving Problems with Science’.
You can also take a look at ‘everyday science’, with talks on the science behind gin, beer and macaron making, and the ‘science of eating’ – how our environment shapes our senses and experience of food.
“We’re hugely excited about this year’s Festival, and have a fantastic range of events and activities for all ages, whether it’s messy, hands-on science fun for young ones, talks on birds, bees, otters and spiders, or serious discussions on the future of robots.” – Natalie Bailey, Norwich Science Festival Producer
Norwich Science Festival is co-ordinated by The Forum, with headline sponsorship from Anglian Water, and takes place in multiple venues across Norwich.
The brochure is available from The Forum and at venues around Norfolk, and online at norwichsciencefestival.co.uk.
About the Norwich Science Festival:
Celebrate the wonderful world of experiments, discoveries, exploration and innovation at the second Norwich Science Festival this autumn. Enjoy nine days of inspirational exhibitions, hands-on family activities, inspiring celebrity talks and sensational shows at The Forum, and at other venues around the city. This is a festival for all age groups and all levels of knowledge. The Festival patron for 2017 is Mark Thompson, astronomer, broadcaster and author. A Learning Programme for schools, colleges, home-educated learners and youth groups runs 19-20 October.
Norwich Science Festival partners:
The Norwich Science Festival is made possible by a unique cross-city partnership led by The Forum in collaboration with;
Many institutions and labs on the Norwich Research Park including the University of East Anglia, John Innes Centre, The Earlham Institute, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Quadram Institute, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and partners including The SAW Trust, Teacher Scientist Network, Norfolk Festival of Nature, Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library, University Technical College Norfolk, Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form, Cinema City, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich Playhouse, The Institute of Physics, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Pint of Science, British Science Association, Science and Technology Facilities Council, Kinetic, Youth STEMM Award, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich City Council, Norfolk County Council and many others.
Thanks to EDP, Evening News and Mustard TV media partners, and Maids Head Hotel accommodation partners.
Norwich Science Festival funders and sponsors:
The Festival is possible due to funding from Foyle Foundation and Royal Society of Chemistry, as well as our many sponsors, including headline sponsor Anglian Water. Other Festival sponsors include; Norse Group, Briar Chemicals, KLM Engineering UK, University Technical College Norfolk, Bespak and BBC Focus Magazine.
About The Forum, co-ordinators and main venue of Norwich Science Festival:
- The Forum, in the centre of Norwich, is one of the UK’s most successful Millennium projects.
- It’s a public building, open seven days a week, all year round (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).
- Everyone is welcome. Many of the public events, exhibitions and activities which take place at The Forum are free.
- The Forum Trust is the independent, self-financing, charitable organisation which manages The Forum building.
- It is responsible for The Forum’s continued development, growth and innovation.
- The Trust works with many partners to ensure The Forum plays a valuable role in the community.
- Details about the charitable ‘project purpose’ which under-pins The Forum are on the website theforumnorwich.co.uk