Celebrate the best of British science

Expand your horizons with four days of free events, talks and performances from across the scientific spectrum.

Join leading academics to discover, discuss and debate the latest ideas and innovations set to change our future.

Featured Events

The Beach Party

Where do you find fireworks, live music, a chemistry carnival, kite flying, comedians, and star gazing? The British Science Festival Beach Party! Join us for an evening like no other on Swansea Beach. Grab a drink and some food, join in hands-on activities, and check out music, comedy and fireworks …

Fri 9 Sep • 17:00 – 22:00

The Beach • 360 Beach and Watersports

Social egg freezing: motherhood on ice?

Egg freezing is a new technology increasingly touted as a game-changer for women wanting to delay motherhood. How does it work and what are the social implications of the procedure? Join the Society for Endocrinology’s panel of hormone and fertility experts to debate these questions.

This is th…

Wed 7 Sep • 18:00 – 19:00

Lecture Theatre • Wallace Building

Place your bets: collapse of the Antarctic ice sheet

Climate change and the melting of the polar ice caps are always making headlines, but how do scientists predict how fast it is happening? Tamsin Edwards used 3,000 different computer models of Antarctica, to give a range of predictions. She will discuss some of the challenges of pre…

Wed 7 Sep • 14:00 – 15:00

Taliesin Theatre • Taliesin Arts Centre

The fight for the beautiful game

Earlier this year, thousands of Liverpool fans walked out of their football match against Sunderland, in protest to the decision to increase ticket prices. This is one of many examples of fan activism as they struggle to shape the direction of their clubs. Join an expert panel, including sociologist…

Wed 7 Sep • 17:00 – 18:00

Lecture Theatre K • Faraday Building

Masters of the genome

Genome editing means that building an organism from scratch is no longer in the realm of science fiction. As we move towards a world in which we can grow individual organs or stimulate brain cells with lasers, John Parrington examines these technologies and the impacts they might ha…

Tue 6 Sep • 15:00 – 16:00

Lecture Theatre L • Faraday Building

The Large Hadron Collider: building the world’s most complex experiment

How do you build something that has never been attempted before to look for particles that we don’t even know exist? That was the task ahead of Lyn Evans, the person responsible for building the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. In conversation with Sue Nelson and

Wed 7 Sep • 17:30 – 18:30

Taliesin Theatre • Taliesin Arts Centre

Presidential Address

What role does a university system which can trace its structure and design back to the Middle Ages have in the 21st century? What is the value of a higher education experience for today’s students, and what is the right mix of “blue-sky” research, application and teaching? With th…

Thu 8 Sep • 16:00 – 17:00

Taliesin Theatre • Taliesin Arts Centre

A Violence of Gifts

Join composer Mark Bowden and poet and Professor of Creativity Owen Sheers as they discuss ‘A Violence of Gifts’, an oratorio exploring the origins of our universe. Hear how this 2015 BBC Radio 3 commission for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra was influe…

Wed 7 Sep • 18:45 – 19:45

Main Lecture Theatre • Faraday Building

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