Dates Announced for the Norwich Science Festival 2017

9 Mar 2017

The Forum in Norwich has announced dates for the Norwich Science Festival 2017: Saturday 21 – Sunday 29 October.

The announcement comes on the eve of this year’s British Science Week which takes place 10 – 19 March.

Following the success of the inaugural city-wide Norwich Science Festival (NSF) in October 2016, The Forum and partners from across the science and technology sectors are busy building the follow up programme for 2017. Over 100,000 people engaged in NSF16 and the programme for NSF17 is set to be packed full of even more science themed events and fascinating discoveries.

Visitors will be able to explore the wonders of the universe, meet the scientists whose research has changed our world and debate some big questions with some big-thinkers. With nine days of inspirational exhibitions, sensational shows and an abundance of hands-on science and engineering activities on offer, there will be something for all ages and all levels of knowledge.

The Festival is delighted to announce that this year’s Festival Patron is Mark Thompson, the Norfolk astronomer, broadcaster and author whose passion for the night sky, and all things to do with science, has proved to millions that science is definitely NOT boring!

Mark Thompson said: “It was an honour to be involved in NSF16 and an even greater honour to be asked to be Patron of NSF17.  Norwich is a scientific centre of excellence with a world-wide reputation for innovation and research and it’s only right that this city has its own Science Festival.

This celebration of science inspires and enables a wider audience to understand more about so many amazing, life changing discoveries… you’re never too old or too young to learn something new and find out more about how our universe works. The 2017 programme is very exciting and will include a whole day dedicated to Astronomy on Saturday 21 October – you won’t want to miss that!”

Astronomy plays a big part in this year’s Festival and a genuine meteor shower, due on Saturday 21 October, is just perfect timing!

The Festival is looking forward to welcoming Alice Roberts, an anatomist, anthropologist, writer and broadcaster, who will be exploring the stories of the species that became human allies – from dogs and horses, to apples and potatoes.

There are other big names already confirmed for the Festival programme including Robin Ince, co-presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage, and the comedian who makes science the subject of his stand-up routine. The Festival will welcome back Ben Garrod, evolutionary biologist, primatologist, broadcaster and Norfolk native, who fascinated audiences at last year’s Festival and who will be bringing prehistory to life, using modern science and technology.

Engineering is a new theme for 2017. There will be a dedicated Engineering Day, offering free activities for everyone, from pre-school children to curious grown-ups. From Lego to jumbo jets – it’s all in this year’s Festival programme. Once again the Festival will run a dedicated week of learning activities for schools, home educated students and community youth groups. This will take place 16 – 20 October 2017.

Jayne Evans, Events & Partnerships Manager at The Forum said: “NSF16 demonstrated there is a huge appetite for science in Norwich and we’re very excited about this year’s programme… which is growing by the day! We have lots of fantastic events and activities confirmed for October, but there are still plenty of opportunities for contributors, partners and volunteers to get involved in NSF17 and we encourage them to get in touch as soon as possible.”

The Norwich Science Festival is sponsored by Anglian Water and takes place in multiple venues across Norwich. The Festival brochure will be published in late summer. In the meantime, keep up to date by following Norwich Science Festival on Twitter: @NorwichSciFest or Facebook: Norwich Science Festival.

For those interested in getting involved in NSF17 contact or telephone 01603 727950.