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. We can’t wait to see what’s next as we head to Chelmsford!

Hosted by Anglia Ruskin University, the Festival will be held in Chelmsford and Essex from 8-12 September. Get ready for another 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.

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

We are no longer accepting open call proposals for 2020.

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 2020 Festival.

We are no longer accepting nominations for 2020.

Community grants

Applications are now open for our 2020 community grants! The BSA is providing grants of £500 to community groups/organisations in Chelmsford 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: Spring 2020


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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