Ivvet Modinou, Head of Engagement at the British Science Association, said: “We are delighted to be taking the Festival back to Swansea, for the first time since 1990. Swansea University has really strong Science and Engineering Colleges, and a Medical School; the University performed really well in the REF 2014, and so we are looking forward to exploring the cutting-edge work going on there.

“What’s more, there’s an exciting new campus development and the University is right on the beach, which will add an extra element for programming and creating a ‘Festival feel’.”

The British Science Festival 2016, supported by Siemens, will focus on an audience of non-specialist adults with a broad interest in science, delivering 100 events, specially curated by the BSA in partnership with Swansea University. World-leading academics from Swansea University and other institutions and organisations across the UK will present, discuss and debate cutting-edge science (across the scientific spectrum including technology, engineering and social sciences) at a range of different events, from talks to performances.
A Fringe festival for families and community audiences will take place at the weekend (10, 11 September), coordinated by the University, BSA and local partners across the city.
Vice Chancellor of Swansea University, Professor Richard B. Davies said: “We are delighted that the British Science Festival has chosen Swansea to host its vibrant celebration of science, technology and engineering.  Swansea University is driving knowledge economy growth and hosting this iconic festival will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the power of science to deliver social and economic transformation.

Swansea University is on a strong upward trajectory, and is recognised as one of the top 30 UK research institutions in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).  The university is opening its spectacular £450m science and innovation Bay Campus later this month, which will support the expansion of our collaborations with industry and with leading research institutions across the world. We are thrilled that the British Science Festival has recognised this success and is heading for Swansea in 2016.” 

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