Norwich Science Festival is a celebration of the groundbreaking scientific research and discoveries associated with the city. The Festival is a partnership initiative involving many different organisations, co-ordinated by The Forum.

2019 partners:


Norwich Research Park is home to over 12,000 people including 80 companies and 3,000 researchers and clinicians.

Norwich Research Park is a partnership between the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, four independent world-renowned research institutes namely the John Innes Centre, the Quadram Institute and the Earlham Institute (all strategically funded by the Biotechnical & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) as part of United Kingdom Research & Innovation (UKRI)) and The Sainsbury Laboratory linked to the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. The BBSRC – UKRI and the John Innes Foundation are also partners. The main strength of Norwich Research Park is the concentration of world-leading scientists, entrepreneurs and business. We continue to attract new partners and businesses to the Park as part of this innovation cluster. An Enterprise Zone location providing business rates benefits, the Park includes 52 hectares of development land, ideal for expanding companies needing bespoke office space and research facilities.



The University of East Anglia (UEA) is among the top 1% of universities globally (Times Higher Education World Rankings 2015-16) and placed 10th in the UK for the quality of its research output (Research Excellence Framework 2014). Also known for its outstanding student experience, it has achieved a Top 10 rating in the National Student Survey every year since the survey began. UEA is a leading member of the Norwich Research Park – one of Europe’s largest concentrations of researchers in the fields of environment, health and plant science.



The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology. Our mission is to generate knowledge of plants and microbes through innovative research, to train scientists for the future, to apply our knowledge of nature’s diversity to benefit agriculture, the environment, human health and wellbeing, and engage with policy makers and the public.



The Earlham Institute (EI) is a world-leading research institute focusing on the development of genomics and computational biology. EI is based within the Norwich Research Park and is a UK hub for innovative bioinformatics through research, analysis and interpretation of multiple, complex data sets.

The Institute of Food Research (IFR) has become Quadram Institute Bioscience. Opening in 2018, the Quadram Institute will be at the forefront of a new interface between food science, gut biology and health, developing solutions to worldwide challenges in food-related disease and human health. The Quadram Institute will bring together research teams from Quadram Institute Bioscience, with others from the University of East Anglia’s Faculty of Science and Norwich Medical School, as well as the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals’ regional gastrointestinal endoscopy unit.



Every year Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) staff of more than 7,000 provide acute hospital care to more than 822,500 people from Norfolk, from neighbouring counties and from further afield.

NNUH work closely with the University of East Anglia’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences to train health professionals and undertake clinical research. NNUH have world class facilities, highly skilled staff and are rated highly by patients for quality of care.



The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) is a world-leading research centre focusing on making fundamental discoveries about plants and how they interact with microbes. TSL provides fundamental biological insights into plant-pathogen interactions and delivers novel, genomics-based, solutions which will significantly reduce losses from major diseases of food crops, especially in developing countries.


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The Institute of Physics (IOP) is a leading scientific society. A charitable organisation with a worldwide membership of more than 50,000, working together to advance physics education, research and application. The Institute engages with policymakers and the general public to develop awareness and understanding of the value of physics and, through IOP Publishing, takes a lead in professional scientific communications.



The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has over 50,000 members worldwide and is the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists. The society supports and represents members, and invests heavily in educating future generations of scientists around the world. The RSC is a not-for-profit organisation with a heritage that spans 175 years, dedicated to advancing the chemical sciences.



The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) tackles some of the most significant challenges facing society such as meeting our future energy needs, monitoring and understanding climate change, and global security. STFC works with the academic and industrial communities to share its expertise in materials science, space and ground-based astronomy technologies, laser science, microelectronics, wafer scale manufacturing, particle and nuclear physics, alternative energy production, radio communications and radar.


The British Science Association (BSA) is a charity, founded in 1831.  Its vision is of a world where science is at the heart of society and culture.  Its mission is to support, grow and diversify the community of people interested and involved in science; and to strengthen their influence over science’s direction and place in society.



Sir Isaac Newton is the UK’s first science and maths sixth form, focusing on educating the science, technology, engineering, and maths leaders of the future. Based in the heart of the Norwich in the former Bethel Street fire station. A lead partner in the Norfolk & Suffolk Maths Hub, Sir Isaac works with schools across East Anglia to bring the best in maths and science to as many people as possible.



The Teacher Scientist Network (TSN) is a high-respected and well-established science education charity that has for 20 years taken a genuinely bottom-up approach to working with teachers, bringing contemporary science into the classroom and striving to enhance science education across Norfolk and North Suffolk.


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The Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library is one of the most popular public libraries in the UK and home to the Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norwich Business Library, Second Air Division Memorial Library and Children’s Library. Visitors can enjoy tens of thousands of books, music sets, computer games and DVDS plus free computer access, printing, photocopying and a programme of activities, events and groups for all ages throughout the year.



The Norfolk Festival of Nature is an alliance of the region’s environmental, cultural and business communities, celebrating the central place of nature in all our lives. Our relationship with landscape and wildlife is embedded in the practice of both the sciences and the arts. The Norfolk Festival of Nature highlights this fundamental yet complex connection.



The SAW Trust inspires artistic and scientific endeavour through creative use of science in the classroom. Children realise that science and the arts are interconnected, discovering new and exciting ways of looking at the world. SAW projects are accessible to all ages and abilities. They stimulate exploration, enquiry and creativity.



One Planet Norwich is organised by Norwich City Council and creates eco events and experiences for the city. The aim of the project is to encourage individuals, businesses, organisations and groups in Norwich to make small changes every day to reduce the amount they consume so our one planet can sustain us.

Norwich Cathedral plays host to a number of high-profile events for Norwich Science Festival 2017, and are a welcome addition to the growing number of venues involved.

Norwich Cathedral is a Christian presence in the heart of Norfolk and the Diocese of Norwich. It began, over 900 years ago, as the Cathedral church of a Benedictine Monastery, built to inspire by its sheer size and magnificence. The Cathedral continues to fill today’s visitors with a sense of awe and wonder. Norwich Cathedral is also the focus of both city and county life. As well as playing host to special civic and legal services, it is also a venue for concerts, talks, exhibitions, degree ceremonies and other community events.


Youth STEMM Award (YSA) is an achievement-based award for students, designed to support and inspire the next generation of STEMM professionals. Participants log STEMM-related activities across four core strands on a personalised e-portfolio. Students can work towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold level Award, inspire the next generation, engage the public, develop skills and shape their future career in the STEMM sector. Events in Norwich Science Festival count towards YSA.

Norwich Arts Centre

Internationally recognised and at the heart of Norwich’s cultural community, Norwich Arts Centre is a contemporary arts venue that delivers a daily programme of live music, theatre, dance, live art, visual art, literature and comedy. It is a small, independently run venue with charitable status with a mission to support the development of artists and nurture emerging talent across a range of art forms; Norwich Arts Centre really is the best small venue in Britain.


Norwich Playhouse programmes a broad range of shows all year round, performed by top companies from all over the world. As well as being recognised as one of the very best comedy venues in East Anglia, they present international music stars, critically-acclaimed drama companies, fun-filled children’s events and shows that are just a bit…different. From firm musical favourites to fresh new writing, and from well-established stars to the pick of the newcomers, the Playhouse offers something for everyone.



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made agency designed the Norwich Science Festival brand and website. made is a creative agency offering design and development for print, web, branding and illustration. Based in Norwich and Cambridge with an international client base.

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