It’s a celebration of all things science, from the bugs under our feet to the wonders of outer space, and is back for the fourth year. Norwich Science Festival returns this October half-term with nine days of inspiring talks, spectacular shows and ground-breaking research from the region.
Organisers have announced that the festival will run 18–26 October 2019, and events already confirmed include children’s shows Horrible Science and the Science of Roald Dahl, a family show from TV presenter Marty Jopson, a talk by radio and TV presenter Adam Rutherford, and the science of Game of Thrones.
Plus, there’s plenty of opportunities to get involved, as each day from Saturday 19 October, The Forum turns into The Explorium – a family-friendly, hands-on science zone with free activities for all, with themes including food and health, mental health and wellbeing, zoology and mammals, engineering and technology, and much more.
The Festival is coordinated by The Forum, Norwich, and is a partnership initiative involving many organisations from across the region. Last year, over 98,750 visits were made to Science Festival events across the nine days.
Natalie Bailey, Science Festival Producer, said: “We’re thrilled by the success of last year’s Festival, and can’t wait to bring you more hands-on science fun, fantastic shows and inspiring talks and debates, as well as the latest science research from the region.”
As well as the main Festival, there’s also a dedicated Learning Programme for schools, youth groups and home-educated learners, this year taking place 14–16 October at venues around Norwich plus outreach activities in schools.
Andy Brown, Head of Sustainability at Anglian Water, headline sponsors of the Festival, said: “We’re so pleased to sponsor the Norwich Science Festival again this year, it’s a fantastic way to inspire young people to follow a career in science, engineering and technology – all skills which are vital for our region.”
Last year, over 100 scientists from UEA and the other five partners that make up the Norwich Research Park took part in Norwich Science Festival, showcasing the cutting-edge research that takes place in our region.
Prof David Richardson, UEA’s Vice-Chancellor, said: “Our academics and students are very proud to be a part of the Norwich Science Festival, showcasing research and inspiring others with the excellence of science discovery in our region. The research power generated by UEA and our partners on the Norwich Research Park is truly world-class, but in some ways slightly hidden from view. The Festival has gone from strength to strength; it’s a great opportunity to see how science in the city is addressing the major challenges that our society faces, and I’m sure many people will join me in making a note of this year’s dates, to avoid missing out.”
To keep up-to-date with announcements, follow @NorwichSciFest on Twitter, or Norwich Science Festival on Facebook and Instagram, and keep an eye on norwichsciencefestival.co.uk for headline announcements in July and the full programme at the end of August.
About the Norwich Science Festival
Celebrate the wonderful world of experiments, discoveries, exploration and innovation at Norwich Science Festival this October. 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 2019 Festival patrons include 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 14–16 October.
The 2019 headline sponsor is Anglian Water.
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
• 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
• Details about the charitable ‘project purpose’ which underpins The Forum are on the