Swansea University will host the British Science Festival

From 6- 9 September 2016, Swansea University will host the British Science Festival

The four-day event is one of Europe’s leading and longest-established science festivals.  Ivvet Modinou, Head of Engagement at the British Science Association, said:

We are delighted to be taking the Festival back to Swansea, for the first time since 1990. Swansea University has really strong Science and Engineering Colleges, and a Medical School; the University performed really well in the REF 2014, and so we are looking forward to exploring the cutting-edge work going on there”.

First held (as the inaugural and then annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science) in 1831, the Festival has been the stage for many iconic moments in history – such as the famous debate on Darwin’s controversial theory of evolution between Thomas Huxley and the Bishop of Oxford in 1860. It also saw the first use of the word ‘scientist,’ in 1834.  The annual meeting has been previously held in Swansea four occasions: 1848; 1880; 1971 and 1990.

The 2016 Festival will focus on an audience of non-specialist adults with a broad interest in science, delivering 100 events, specially curated by the BSA in partnership with Swansea University.

It will involve a whole host of events, talks and performances across the four days led by Swansea University’s leading academics as well as by world-leading academics from other organisations and institutions across the UK who will present, discuss and debate cutting-edge science (including technology, engineering and social sciences).

The Festival will conclude with a fringe event which will be an exciting celebration of science aimed at families and community groups.  The fringe event will take place over the weekend of 10 and 11 September.

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