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Calendar of Events

Listed below are a selection of public engagement events and opportunities throughout the year. If you are interested in getting involved in any of these opportunities and want to discuss your ideas further please speak to k dot doncom at warwick dot ac dot uk.

For regular ongoing events throughout the year, or events you can hold at any point, please see here.

February

Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity

When: 10-17 Feb 2021

Where: Across Nottingham

Who: Schools, families and communities

What: Science festival going out into the communities/schools and delivering activities. Also has a late session aimed at adults.

Cost: Unknown

Things to consider: Cost of accommodation, cost of transport there and back.

 

Warwick Science Gala

When: End Jan/Beginning Feb, on a Wednesday evening 17.00 – 20.30

Where: The science concourse

Who: Mainly schoolchildren, aged 12 and over, and their parents. Originally it was aimed at a-level students but age range has crept down.

What: One evening science gala with talks, lab tours and interactive stands and exhibits to encourage schoolchildren to study science

Cost: Free apart from materials

Contact: Natacha Borrel

Previous WMS/SLS activities (2020):

  • Rob Cross and team took EduWOSM microscopes to demonstrate the inner workings of the cell and to show what their new open hardware microscope was capable of.
  • Corinne Hanlon with WISB exhibiting virtual reality for genome editing
  • Life Sciences were exhibiting images of the brain through microscopes and had neuroscientists to talk about the human brain

March 

Big Bang Fair

When: A week in March

Where: NEC, Birmingham

Who: Mainly schoolchildren, over 80,000 across the week

What: Hands on activities and demonstrations showcasing science, technology, engineering and maths.

Cost: Unknown

Warwick no longer have a stand at the fair but your department may wish to consider it.

 

British Science Week

When: 10 days in March

Where: UK wide

Who: Anyone and everyone

What: A ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages. British Science Week provides a platform to stimulate and support teachers, STEM professionals, science communicators and the general public to produce and participate in STEM events and activities.

Anyone can organise an event or activity, and the British Science Association helps organisers plan by providing free activity and support resources.

Cost: Variable, depending on activity

The website provides inspiration for activities and events, guides on planning an event, free resources to use at events, help with promoting your event and help with funding queries.

In 2020 Warwick held a slice of science to celebrate british science week and international women’s day. This free event saw female researchers from Warwick host a range of activities and talks to showcase their research and inspire the next generation of female scientists. Meera Unnikrishnan from WMS held a stand with a “Build a Biofilm” acitivity using slime, beads and waterguns.


May

Pint of Science

When: Usually in May but postponed to 7-9 September for 2020

Where: Across Coventry and surrounding areas

Who: Adult members of the public, most events are held in pubs

What: Short, fun and informative talks from researchers at Warwick and Coventry universities

Cost: Free, apart from props needed etc

See Warwick’s webpage for more details or for inspiration from previous years.


June

Cheltenham Science Fair

When: 8 – 13 June 2021

Where: Imperial Square, Cheltenham

Who: Schools, members of the public with late night events aimed at adults

What: Science festival that combines talks from leading scientists, interactive stands and exhibits, workshops, late night events for adults.

Cost: Variable depending on stand size/activity planned etc.

Things to consider: Cost of accommodation, cost of transport there and back. All zones have a late-night event aimed at adults. Stands should be really hands-on.


 July

Royal Society Summer Exhibit

When: week in July (postponed for 2020)

Where: Imperial Square, Cheltenham

Who: Schools, members of the public with late night events aimed at adults

What: Science festival that combines talks from leading scientists, interactive stands and exhibits, workshops, late night events for adults,

Cost: Variable depending on stand size/activity planned etc.

Things to consider: Cost of accommodation, cost of transport there and back. Exhibits take a lot of organisation and planning. See a blog post from a previous exhibitor, Cinzia Imberti, for tips on applying and exhibiting.

 

Blue dot festival, Science Fields

When: 23- 26 July

Where: Jodrell Bank, Cheshire

Who: Family friendly music festival, so audiences of all ages

What: Music festival that also has a science field with stands for the public to get hands on and try out science experiments. There are also talks and science shows.

Cost: Unknown

Things to consider: Accommodation is camping on site, cost of transport there and back, volunteer numbers to ensure stand is manned but people have breaks. Stands need to be really hands on and interactive.

 

Deer Shed Festival

When: 24- 26 July

Where: Baldersby Park, North Yorkshire

Who: Family friendly festival, so audiences of all ages

What: A festival that combines music, comedy, science, the arts, theatre, shows and hands on activities

Cost: Unknown

Things to consider: Accommodation is camping on site or local accommodation, cost of transport there and back, volunteer numbers to ensure stand is manned but people have breaks. Stands need to be really hands on and interactive.


 August

Art in the Park

When: Usually first weekend in August

Where: Jephsons Gardens, Leamington Spa

Who: Family friendly, so audiences of all ages

What: Live demonstrations and stalls from local artists and craftspeople with live music, dance, theatre and food and drink stalls.

Cost: Cost for a stall

 

Einsteins Garden at Green Man Festival

When: 20-23 August

Where: Breacon Beacons, Wales

Who: Family friendly festival, so audiences of all ages

What: An independent music and arts festival, split into various areas, including Einstein’s garden – the science area. Einstein’s garden is a combination of talks and stands with hands on activities.

Cost: Unknown

Things to consider: Accommodation is camping on site or local accommodation, cost of transport there and back, volunteer numbers to ensure stand is manned but people have breaks. Stands need to be really hands on and interactive.


September

DEADLINE: Royal Society Summer Exhibition Deadline

 

British Science Festival

When: 15 -18 October

Where: Anglia Ruskin, Chelmsford

Who: Science festival aimed at adults (16+), not aimed at children or families.

What: Science festival involving lectures, late events, workshops and drop in events.

Cost: ?

Things to consider: Cost of accommodation, cost of transport there and back. Daytime events are aimed at non-specialist adults 16+ and lates may have more science interested adults. Do not gear your talk/event towards children or schools.


 October

New Scientist Live Science Fair

When: 8 – 12 September

Where: ExCel, London

Who: Science festival aimed at young people, schools and their families

What: A big science festival with stands involving hands on activities. There are also talks on the main stage.

Cost: 3 x 3 m stand approx. £3000 in 2018, cost vary depending on stand size

Things to consider: Cost of accommodation, cost of transport there and back, volunteer numbers to ensure stand is manned but people have breaks. Stands need to be really hands on and interactive but something that people can engage with easily as they walk past. People won’t spend a long time at each.

 

Malvern Festival of Innovation

When: 5 – 10 October

Where: Various venues around Great Malvern

Who: All ages, professionals, students and general public

What: Science festival that has sections aimed at start-up companies and entrepreneurs, businesses, families and school children, and university students.

Cost:

Things to consider: Cost of transport there and back or accommodation. See previous programmes here.


 

Calendar of Events

January

February

Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity

Warwick Science Gala

March

Big Bang Fair

British Science Week

April

May

Pint of Science

 June

Cheltenham Science Fair

July

Royal Society Summer Exhibit

Blue dot festival

Deer Shed Festival

August

Art in the Park

Einsteins Garden at Green Man Festival

September

DEADLINE: RSSE

British Science Festival

October

Malvern Festival of Innovation

New Scientist Live Science Fair

November

December