National Science & Engineering Week

The UK's widest grassroots celebration of all things science and engineering


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Dunbar SciFest 2012

Dunbar SciFest 2012 was organised by the Science sub-group of Dunbar Primary School’s Parent Council.

Gastronaut meets astronaut

Space food for an adventurous future. NSEW press launch 2012 with Helen Sharman, Brian Ratcliffe and Robin Fegen.

DayGlo - Y Touring theatre company

A new play about punks, personalised medicine, cancer and genetic testing.

Reading Science Week 2012

Get hands-on with science in the high street with lots of fizzing, whizzing, banging and clanging.

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How-to-guides and ideas

These guides present step-by-step instructions in how to arrange publicity, how to organise an NSEW event or activity and where to find funding.

If you are a beginner or have never organised an event before then our organiser's timeline and NSEW guides in a day will help you get going - these show how you can do science and engineering week activities on a small budget or using our free resources.

You can also download our handy NSEW templates to easily create press releases and press photocall invitations to maximise publicity for your event.

Note: you must be logged in to an account with the British Science Association website in order to access most of these packs. Creating an account is quick, easy and free.


Science on a Shoestring

Organisers concise timeline

Guide to running an event

Guide to Funding

Guide to Publicity



Press release template (word doc)

Photography permission slip template (word doc)

Press photocall invitation template (word doc)


Looking for hands-on activity ideas?

We have over 350 free activities designed specifically for National Science & Engineering Week. Check out our popular activity pack series.


Looking for STEM presentation tips?

Take a look at these British Science Festival videos for advice on presenting, and visit the Science in Society page for public engagement resources.


Got questions? Visit our FAQ page