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 2019, the Festival brought over 100 free events to Coventry & Warwickshire with our host, the University of Warwick. We broke a sweat at our sports hub takeover, had exciting debates across scientific disciplines and ended the Festival grooving to a holographic light show.

The British Science Festival 2020, to be hosted by Anglia Ruskin University, was postponed and is now rescheduled to take place in Chelmsford from 7 – 11 September 2021. Further updates will follow in due course, and the full programme will be launched in June 2021.

Opportunities to get involved in 2021 

Community grants

Each year, the British Science Association provides grants of £500 to community groups/organisations in the host festival city 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.

Watch this space for application details for grants for community organisations in Chelmsford to participate in the Festival in 2021.


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

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