The British Science Festival is Europe’s longest standing science Festival, traveling to a different place in the United Kingdom each year. Our Festival aims to connect people with scientists, engineers, technologists and social scientists.

Each year, we bring an inspiring programme of free events to the public over four or five days, bursting with exciting opportunities to get involved in. Our talks, workshops and drop-in events span a diverse range of subjects that encompass science in the broadest sense, promising something for everyone!

In 2017, the Festival came to Brighton which buzzed with science enthusiasm as we, with our co-hosts University of Sussex and University of Brighton, bought over 200 free events to the city. You can see our highlights video here:

This year, dinosaurs, raves, panel discussions, and even a recording of Late Night Woman’s Hour graced Brighton with their presence, and we can’t wait to see what the Festival will bring to our next destination. We will be in Hull and the Humber, from 11-14 September 2018, hosted by the University of Hull.

Opportunities to get involved

We are now accepting event proposals for the British Science Festival 2018 in Hull. Please find further details below.

Open Call for proposals

We're looking for proposals from across the scientific spectrum and beyond. Festival content should be aimed at non-specialist adults (i.e. aged 16+) with a broad interest in science. We welcome and encourage creative formats and drop-in activities.

Further on submitting an event proposal for the British Science Festival can be found in the FAQ. If you have any queries please direct them here

Proposal deadline: 9.00 19 February 2018 (applications closed)

Award Lectures - are you, or do you know, a promising early career researcher?

Every year we ask for nominations for the seven Award Lectureships available to promising early career academics, skilled at engaging people with their research. These Award Lectures aim to promote open and informed discussion of science and related disciplines. The selected candidates will have the opportunity to present their winning Award Lecture at the 2018 Festival.

More information, including the application process can be found here.

Nomination deadline: 9.00 2 January 2018 (nominations closed)

Community grants

The BSA is providing grants of £500 to community groups/organisations in Hull and the Humber that work directly with audiences who are traditionally underrepresented and currently not engaged in science activity. We want to empower and support community groups to run their own science activities as part of the British Science Festival, enabling new local audiences to engage with science. 

You can find more information here.

Applications will open in April 2018.


For information on the sponsorship packages available for the British Science Festival, please contact Amy MacLaren, Director of Development & Communications at the British Science Association.

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