Chris Packham, the renowned TV presenter and naturalist, has been announced as the headline talk for this year’s Norwich Science Festival.
His talk, A Brief Safari into the Wild Mind of Chris Packham, on Sunday 21 October at OPEN Norwich, will be a humorous look at conservation, and how Asperger’s has influenced his life. Chris will explore how our interconnectivity with nature will be crucial to protecting the planet’s immediate future, and discuss the importance of conservation, self-empowerment and activism – and how we will have to make that difference.
Chris, President of the British Trust for Ornithology, is a well-known TV presenter, wildlife expert, photographer and author, with a passionate concern for conservation and the environment. He began his presenting career on the Really Wild Show and now hosts BBC 2’s Springwatch, Autumnwatch, and Winterwatch, Nature’s Weirdest Events and World’s Weirdest Events.
At his Norwich Science Festival talk, an event in partnership with the Norfolk Festival of Nature, Chris says to expect absurd self-deprecation, some frank talking, and if you are lucky … Scratchy the poodle!
Natalie Bailey, Norwich Science Festival producer, said:
“We’re thrilled that Chris Packham will be joining us in October for the Festival. He’s such an inspiration to all, and passionate about conservation – we hope he inspires others to get closer to nature and wildlife, and to help make a difference.”
Other headline shows just announced include Springwatch Wild Academy presenter, Maddie Moate. Families can enlist on Maddie’s Mission to Mars (Sun 21 Oct) – a journey through the solar system to see how rockets work, how spacesuits are made or what space smells like! Or join Gastronaut, Stefan Gates, for Fartology (Sat 27 Oct), a show packed with spectacular science stunts, crazy games and some truly breath-taking audience interaction, in a celebration of bodily functions that makes complex science totally unforgettable.
Tickets for the headline shows go on sale Thursday 26 July at 10am from norwichsciencefestival.co.uk.
The newly announced shows join four events already on sale, in collaboration with Norwich Playhouse. Rob Newman’s Total Eclipse of Descartes (Thu 18 Oct), asks how philosophy can help us in our troubled times, and adventurer-explorer Benedict Allen (Fri 19 Oct), tells the story behind the headlines last year following his disappearance in Papua New Guinea. Also returning for Norwich Science Festival is Helen Arney of Festival of the Spoken Nerd fame with new show Did the Victorians Ruin the World? (Wed 24 Oct), and Professor Alice Roberts (Thu 25 Oct), who recently presented Norwich as Britain’s Most Tudor Town, tells the story of how human bodies develop from a single cell to a complex organism.
Norwich Science Festival takes place 19–27 October, at The Forum and other venues around the city, with headline sponsorship from Anglian Water. It is a celebration of the ground-breaking scientific research associated with the city, and is a partnership initiative involving many organisations from across the region, coordinated by The Forum, Norwich.
The full line-up of events, talks and shows will be announced on 21 August.
For more information on Norwich Science Festival, please contact Jan Robertson, Norwich Science Festival Marketing Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org / 01603 727962.
Notes to editors
Headline event listings:
A Brief Safari into the Wild Mind of Chris Packham
Sunday 21 October
Through a series of humorous wildlife photos, Chris will illustrate how Asperger’s has influenced his life. He will explain the fundamentals of ecology, and explore how our interconnectivity with nature will be crucial to protecting the planet’s immediate future. Chris will discuss the importance of conservation, self-empowerment and activism – and how we will have to make that difference. Expect absurd self-deprecation, some frank talking, and if you are lucky … Scratchy the poodle! Programmed in partnership with Norfolk Festival of Nature.
Venue: OPEN Norwich
Cost: Front section £20, middle section £15, back section £6
Maddie’s Mission to Mars with Maddie Moate
Sunday 21 October
Have you ever wondered how rockets work, how spacesuits are made or what space smells like?! Find out with children’s presenter Maddie Moate as she takes you on a journey through the solar system, equipped with special cameras and demos! Maddie is a YouTube filmmaker and BAFTA winning presenter – host of the BAFTA nominated CBeebies series Do You Know?, BBC Earth’s Earth Unplugged, and, recently, Springwatch Wild Academy.
Venue: Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form
With Gastronaut Stefan Gates
Sat 27 Oct
An outrageous, hilarious and totally educational new family science show, from BBC Gastronaut Stefan Gates. Packed with spectacular science stunts, crazy games and some truly breath-taking audience interaction, this celebration of bodily functions makes complex science totally unforgettable. The show features a giant functioning bottom, live flatus competitions, amazing acoustics experiments, the world’s loudest farts, the Bristol Stool Scale, smell-offs and whole-audience Brownian motion games.
Venue: Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form
About the Norwich Science Festival
Celebrate the wonderful world of experiments, discoveries, exploration and innovation at Norwich Science Festival this October 19–27. Enjoy 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 2018 Festival patrons are Mark Thompson – astronomer, broadcaster and author, and Ben Garrod – evolutionary biologist and great ape conservationist. A Learning Programme for schools, colleges, home-educated learners and youth groups runs 15–17 October. The 2018 headline sponsor is Anglian Water, with additional sponsorship from Developing Experts, University Technical College Norfolk, Vattenfall, Briar Chemicals, and KLM UK Engineering, and funding from Foyle Foundation, Geoffrey Watling Trust and John Jarrold Trust.
Explore the Norwich Science Festival website for the full programme from 21 August – norwichsciencefestival.co.uk – and follow Norwich Science Festival on Twitter and Facebook.
About The Forum
- 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. Most 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 underpins The Forum are on the website