Our work British Science Festival The British Science Festival is Europe's longest-standing national event which connects people with scientists, engineers, technologists and social scientists.Tens of thousands of people come together to celebrate the latest developments in science and to engage in open discussion about issues that affect our culture and society.Each September the British Science Festival transforms a different UK city into a vibrant celebration of science, engineering and technology. In previous years it has taken place in York, Liverpool, Guildford, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Birmingham, and most recently in Bradford in 2015. British Science Festival 2016 - Call for proposals now open! In 2016, the British Science Festival will be returning to Swansea, hosted by Swansea University and supported by Siemens. Taking place from 6-9 September, this is the fourth time Swansea has hosted the Festival, the first being in 1848 and the most recent being in 1990. The open call for events is now open. Find out how to submit an event and nominate an Award Lecture. The Festival will be followed by a Family Weekend. History of the Festival The Festival has a long and illustrous history, having been born out of the annual meetings of the British Association for the Advancement in Science that started in 1831.