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Sidmouth Science Festival: ‘science in our lives’: 4th-13th October

  • by JW

The Science Festival starts a week today – with a packed and hugely varied programme – most of it for free:

The 2019 Festival takes place from Friday 4th October to Sunday 13 October 2019.

The Festival theme will continue as “Science in our Lives” to reflect how important the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering) are to everything we do nowadays.

We aim to promote curiosity in the young, to inspire them to consider a STEM career in a rapidly changing employment market, in addition to encouraging self-confessed nonscientists to engage with science in fun ways, including art, drama and music and hands-on activities. We also provide talks by experts in their fields for those looking for something more technically challenging.

For a simple printable overview of the programme click here but note that last minute updates may appear on the website any time. A pdf version can be downloaded via the previous link.  A larger pdf file is available here.

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The Sidmouth Science Festival was started by a small team from the Vision Group for Sidmouth part of the Transition Town initiative.

With so many technical issues being faced by society we believe that our communities will make better decisions if they have a deeper understanding of the underlying science and technology. We aim to make people aware of how the STEM subjects (science, technology engineering and maths) play a part in what we take for granted in everyday life.

Sidmouth Science Festival started in 2012 with a weekend of science events in Sidmouth and at the nearby Norman Lockyer Observatory as well as a single day in local schools and art in the local gallery.

Since then it has grown to a 10 day event with over 120 activities: visitor numbers have increased, visitors have been drawn from a larger area including overseas and more schools have been involved with hundreds of East Devon students taking part. Key speakers over the years have included Professor Iain Stewart, Professor Monica Grady. Professor Edzard Ernst, Professor Bill McGuire and Adam Hart Davis as well as Dr Adam Rutherford.

Super Science Saturday, when drop-in events take place throughout the town, has proved very popular with families as has the Sunday Funday at the Norman Lockyer Observatory where the jet car races have attracted large numbers.  You can access photos of the 2018 Festival via our public photostream.

This format has continued since. We are also providing an increasing number of science-related events at local schools. For a taster of past programmes please click on the links to the relevant year:  20142015201620172018.

The Sidmouth Science Festival is now a charity –  no. 1168115.

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