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Below are some of the more frequently asked questions we receive about the Festival. If you think there is anything missing, you can let us know by clicking the comment button at the bottom of the page.

What is the British Science Festival?

The British Science Festival (formerly the BA Festival of Science) is UK's longest standing annual meeting, encompassing over 100 events over the course of 4 days, held at a different location each September. Annually it attracts around 400 of the best sciescientists and nce communicators from home and abroad who reveal the latest developments in research to a general audience.

Where is Festival held?

The Festival is hosted by a different university city each year, with events taking place at the University, in the city and surrounding area. In recent years the Festival has visited Liverpool, Birmingham, Guildford, Aberdeen and Bradford.

When does the Festival take place?

The Festival takes place in September each year. In 2015 the Festival will take place in Bradford

What goes on during the Festival?

The Festival hosts a range of events where scientists discuss cutting edge research with the public. This includes talks and debates, panel discussions, in conversation events, alongside star speaker talks and performances. The programme should be available online in July.

How is the British Science Festival organised?

The British Science Association (formerly the British Association for the Advancement of Science (the BA)) coordinates the Festival as a whole, with valuable assistance from key partners. The Festival consists of a core scientific programme, which largely takes place at the host University campus, and a 'city' programme, taking place in the evenings across the city. Family and schools activities are organised by local partners around the Festival.

Who can hold an event at the Festival?

The British Science Association is not prescriptive over who may hold an event within the Festival, but we do follow a strict proposal process to ensure a varied programme is produced and all events have scientific integrity and appeal to our varied audiences. The proposal process is opened in the autumn, 10 months before the Festival, with a final programme produced by the end of March. Details are posted online.

Who are the events targeted at?

The Festival attracts people of all interests and background. This includes scientists interested in different disciplines, students, retired scientists, members of special interest groups, policy makers, sponsors, stakeholders, journalists and professionals as part of their work and increasingly members of the business community. We believe we offer a unique opportunity to interact with an eclectic mix of people engaging in science.

How can I attend events at the Festival?

Each event is listed on our website and in the Festival programme. In the programme, the appropriate audience for each event is listed. Visitors to the Festival are able to purchase individual tickets or book for most events in the Festival programme. Some events are drop-in events. Bookings normally open in July.

How much does it cost?

Ticket prices for individual events vary. Some are free, some cost around £3, some are more.