Star-studded line up will arrive in Brighton to showcase the best of British science

Broadcasters, politicians, artists, and eminent scientists will be attending this year's British Science Festival.

Following the successful launch of the public programme a few weeks ago, a number of famous faces have been added to the line-up. The Festival celebrates science as an integral part of our culture, which is reflected in the variety of talented contributors.

Star speakers taking part in September's Festival are:

Lauren Laverne

On Thursday 7 September, Late Night Woman's Hour will be recording a special show for BBC Radio 4 to mark Ada Lovelace Day. Lauren Laverne and a panel of guests, including Dr Sue Black, will discuss the challenges and opportunities for women in science and technology. 

Sir Anthony Seldon

Contemporary historian and biographer of our most prominent Prime Ministers, Sir Anthony Seldon, will be delving into the next education revolution: AI. 

Wayne McGregor

The multi award winning choreographer and director will be screening his new film sensation, Atomos, followed by a Q&A. 

Professor Jim Al-Khalili

Another BBC Radio 4 recording will be gracing the Festival as scientist and BBC broadcasting legend, Jim Al-Khalili, will be transmitting his hugely popular The Life Scientific show with Professor Lucie Green live on Friday 8 September. 

Adam Rutherford

Author, broadcaster and former video editor of Nature, Adam Rutherford, will be part of a special screening of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, as well as a panel discussion to explore our fascination with aliens. 

The Festival, co-hosted by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex, will take place from Tuesday 5 to Saturday 9 September.

In venues across the city and at the two universities, thousands of visitors will see thousands of guests come together to explore the latest scientific advancements from around the world.

The varied programme of free talks, debates and performances will allow guests to immerse themselves in accessible, cutting-edge and impactful research from all areas of life.

Ivvet Modinou, British Science Festival Director at the British Science Association, said: “Every year we welcome the brightest and most talented speakers and researchers to the British Science Festival. We are thrilled that this year will be no different. The programme has shaped up to include a wide variety of people from all backgrounds covering an eclectic bunch of topics, from dance and film, to artificial intelligence and the environment.” 

The full programme can be seen here:

The Festival will take place from 5-9 September in Brighton, and provides an opportunity to meet researchers face-to-face and discuss the latest science, technology and engineering.