Welcome to the British Science Festival 2021
Celebrating the people, stories and ideas at the heart of science.
Chelmsford will come alive with over 100 activities, experiences, talks, performances and workshops taking place throughout the city centre, including on campus at Anglia Ruskin University. Events are scheduled throughout the day and into the evening from Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 September. All tickets for the British Science Festival are completely free, but booking is essential for most events.
Browse our full programme of events via the links below:
Tuesday 7 September
Hear discussions on topics as diverse as out-of-body experiences, vaccines, and climate change. Or join us for a takeover of Bell Meadows, including poetry and wildlife friendly gardening.
Wednesday 8 September
Get the lockdown lowdown on how we lived during the pandemic; find out what happens to your brain when you listen to music; take a trip to the dark side of the universe. There's also the chance to attend a special BBC recording of The Sky at Night Question Time.
Thursday 9 September
Find out whether HiiT exercise claims are too good to be true; what is being done to address health inequality over a year on from the start of the pandemic; and how to tackle misinformation and fake news.
Friday 10 September
Is the NHS up for sale? How do we make peace with plastic? What does your energy have to do with justice and democracy? How does touch influence our shopping habits? We'll be asking these questions and more...
Saturday 11 September
Fresh from the Downing Street conference room, hear from those on the front line of communicating the pandemic. Explore how to transform eco-anxiety into eco-action. Or get stuck into some interactive games as the Festival draws to a close.
Create your own mini meadow, 'track and trace' animals in the African Savannah and try your hand at ancient Egyptian gardening practices.
Journey through the world premiere of immersive installation, BODY. Escape on a nature-based audio trail. Relax in our infinite forest pod. Listen to the unique and wonderful world of Yellowstone's geothermal features. Step inside a vintage caravan to talk about love and loss. Participate in an interactive game exploring research ethics.
Hear from scientists working at the cutting-edge of research into everything from AI to the polar ice sheets, and linguistics to sports coaching. Listen as people with lived experience join those working across disciplines to discuss and debate challenging societal topics and ethical concerns such as sex trafficking, robots caring for people in later life and adult self-harm.
On Saturday 11 September, ARU's campus will play host to a wide variety of science fun for families.