Our 2015 Festival was hosted by the University of Bradford and supported by Siemens. This year’s Festival marked the second year of our four-year partnership with Siemens and we are excited to now look to working together for the next two years.

This year’s Festival featured 120 events over four days by leading scientists from across the UK’s universities and institutions.

Siemens’ sponsorship of the Festival is part of their wider engagement initiative, the Curiosity Project which was launched in September 2014 at the British Science Association.

The Project is a three-year engagement initiative that aims to benefit more than five million young people by bringing science, technology, engineering and maths to life. Through sponsored initiatives, such as the British Science Festival, young people can develop a greater knowledge of the opportunities that are created by STEM subjects and also learn about the exciting career prospects that are open to them.

As part of their sponsorship, Siemens supported the STEM in Education Evening held at the Festival:

“It is very good to see big corporations, such as Siemens, becoming engaged with the public over science and supporting organisations like the British Science Association and other initiatives in the sector. Through such public engagement, Siemens will enable the BSA to celebrate the role of- and strengthen its own links with industry; raise the profile of the range of careers available to young people and hopefully inspire a new generation of innovators, researchers and engineers.” - Sir Paul Nurse

The Curiosity Project is in response to the need for 1.86 million people with engineering skills from 2010-2020. In order to meet this, the UK needs to double the numbers of engineering related apprentices and graduates coming out of colleges and universities.

As part of the Curiosity Project, Siemens are supporting 4 major UK Science Festivals until 2017, of which the British Science Festival, to be held in Swansea, September 2016, features. Other schemes sponsored as part of the Project can be found here.