Swansea Science Festival Highlights
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.
The 2017 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.
Swansea Science Festival 2018 will be held on 3-4 November at the National Waterfront Museum and surrounding venues.