Festivals and open days provide more active ways of engaging with science. They usually involve scientists in direct contact with the public and offer a host of practical demonstrations, often of the latest research.
The British Science Festival is one of Europe’s largest celebrations of science, engineering and technology, with over 250 events, activities, exhibitions and trips taking place over a week in September. In a different location every year, it offers activities for families and schools groups, adults looking for entertainment and stimulating debate, as well as events aimed at professionals interested in the latest research.
The Royal Society mounts a science exhibition every summer which showcases the most exciting cutting-edge science and technology research. Based in the magnificent premises of the Royal Society in central London, it provides a unique opportunity for members of the public to interact with scientists and ask them questions about their work. It is open to members of the general public as well as students and teachers, scientists, policymakers and the media.
National Science & Engineering Week (NSEW) is a ten-day national programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events and activities across the UK aimed at people of all ages. Programmes vary from year to year and details of activities in each region can be found on the website.