British Science Festival 2016

The British Science Festival 2016

In September 2016, one of the UK’s most prestigious events will be hosted by Swansea University. The British Science Festival is Europe’s longest-standing national event which connects people with scientists, engineers, technologists and social scientists. 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 previously been held in Swansea on four occasions: 1848; 1880; 1971 and 1990, however 2016 will be the first time that Wales has held the Festival in its current format.


The 2016 main Festival will take place between Tuesday 6 and Friday 9 September, featuring a diverse programme of talk, debates, performances and activities. There will also be a Festival Fringe held on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September, which will include a series of events and activities for families and the local community.‌‌

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We currently have some fantastic opportunities for businesses to partner with the Festival by entering into a sponsorship agreement. This is a fantastic opportunity to align your company with an event which carries a great deal of prestige and has a national and international reach, while strengthening your ties with a world class university. There are several advantages for sponsors including brand exposure and alignment, introducing prizes and guest speakers, and attending VIP events.