The British Science Festival is Europe’s longest standing science Festival, travelling 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 2018, the Festival went to Hull which buzzed with science enthusiasm as we, with our host, the University of Hull brought over 100 free events to the city. Yoga sessions, museum lates, lively discussions, and even a robot petting zoo graced Hull with their presence, and we can’t wait to see what the Festival will bring to our next destination.

This year, the festival will be in held Coventry from 10-13 September, hosted by the University of Warwick. Look out for our exciting programme of events!

Opportunities to get involved

Open Call for proposals

Before each Festival we accept a range of 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. We are no longer accepting proposals for 2019. 

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

Proposal deadline: The deadline has now passed. We will notify people of whether they have been successful by the end of April 2019.

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 2019 Festival.

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

Nomination deadline: Nominations have now closed. 

Community grants

Applications are now open for our 2019 community grants! The BSA is providing grants of £500 to community groups/organisations in Coventry 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.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, 26 June, at 5pm.


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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