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 hosted by Swansea University In 2016, the British Science Festival will be held in 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 four-day Festival will be immediately followed by a Family Weekend in Swansea on 10 & 11 September 2016. The open call for events and Award Lecture nominations for 2016 have now closed. 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.