Swansea Science Festival 2017

Swansea Science Festival 2017– a great success and a legacy to be proud of

The weekend of 8th – 10th September 2017 saw Swansea University host its first free science festival in partnership with the National Waterfront Museum; the largest festival of its kind in Wales. The doors opened to the public on Friday at 3.00pm and by 5.00pm on Sunday over 9,000 people had experienced the Swansea Science Festival in some form, including the new adult focused workshops and talks and the Science Variety Show on the Friday, and the ‘Flying Atoms’ family show at the Taliesin.

The festival enabled researchers from all areas of the University to come together to celebrate and showcase their inspirational research to a new audience. We had a number of unexpected outcomes from the festival including new research collaborations, ideas for PhDs and job offers!

Many visitor evaluations described the event as ‘mind blowing’, ‘inspirational’ and ‘educational’, and there are many comments on how Swansea really needs a festival like this. 

Other highlights from the Festival included a visit by Julie James, AM, the Minister for Skills and Science where she gave her full support for the occasion, making special mention of how pleased she was to see a festival such as this happening in her home town. A number of businesses also attended and we are keen to explore opportunities for further collaboration and sponsorship with them.

This year’s festival was the legacy of the British Science Festival and Family Festival, which was held in 2016 and was an enormous success. The experience has been so positive over the last two years.  We want to continue to inspire the next generation of scientists by creating a science festival legacy for the city that showcases our inspiring and diverse world-leading research. 

What happened in 2017

See below the content of the festival in 2017.  

Swansea Science Festival 2017

Evening Programme

The event will kick off on Friday 8th September with a programme of interactive talks and workshops for adults at the National Waterfront Museum where visitors can explore cyber-terrorism, draw their dreams, help create the face of Swansea and join a cabaret night of fun, laughs and science compered by Tim Cockrill.

Family Weekend

The family programme will also begin on Friday evening with the Flying Atoms dance performance by Powys Dance at the Taliesin Arts Centre. Then the action will shift to the National Waterfront Museum and Swansea Museum in the heart of the Maritime Quarter for a weekend of family fun.

There will be a feast of entertaining hands-on experiences and the chance to discover science through theatrical presentations, music, and demonstrations.  Young visitors and their families will get the chance to make some goo, learn about powders, particles and popcorn and have fun at the chemistry carnival.

CBBC presenter Lizzie Daly will be talking about what it’s like to be an animal and evolutionary biologist and BBC presenter Ben Garrod will be exploring the world of dinosaurs.

Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott said: “We were so proud to host the enormously successful British Science Festival last year, which marked the start of a science festival legacy for the city.  The experience was so positive that we can’t wait to get out to our communities and inspire the next generation of scientists.”

“We are also delighted by the support we have received by the Welsh Government Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James and we will be welcoming her to the many attractions when she visits the festival in September.” 

Steph Mastoris, Head of the National Waterfront Museum, said, “The Museum represents 300 years of innovation in Wales, so it is wonderful to see the new generation of scientific innovations and research that is going on at Swansea University brought to the Museum setting. We look forward to partnering with the University and welcoming everyone to come along and have fun with science at this fantastic festival.”

View the Swansea Science Festival teaser trailer!