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Norwich Science Festival

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Norwich Science Festival

The inaugural city-wide Norwich Science Festival has today announced its first wave of headline talks and events.

For two weeks this autumn, science is celebrated with a packed programme of fascinating exhibitions, hands-on family activities, inspiring celebrity talks and noisy theatrical shows for all ages and all levels of scientific knowledge.

The festival takes place 18 – 30 October 2016 and is being organised by The Forum, Norwich, with the support of many partner organisations.

The Forum is the hub venue for the Festival with events also planned at The Norwich Playhouse, OPEN and Norwich Arts Centre. Many of the Festival events are free to attend on a drop-in basis, with pre-book ticketed talks and lectures costing between £4 and £15 per ticket. 

Tickets are now on sale for the following headline talks: 

-          Professor Robert Winston, renowned for his work in fertility and pioneer of new treatments to improve in vitro fertilisation (IVF), delivers a talk on genetics and its uses and misuses: Wednesday 19 October

-          Helen Czerski, oceanographer and physicist, analyses the importance of oceans and their effect on our everyday lives: Thursday 20 October

-          Tony Juniper, campaigner and government adviser, looks at the value of restoring nature and what can be done to achieve it in one generation: Friday 21 October

-          Ben Garrod, Norfolk-born evolutionary biologist, presents evidence of the county’s  evolutionary past on a journey spanning nearly one million years: Saturday 22 October

-          Mark Thompson, astronomer and Norfolk resident, presents two shows; a family spectacular science show and an evening event for space fans: Tuesday 25 October.

Tim Bishop, Chief Executive of The Forum said: “We can’t wait to welcome this fabulous five of highly respected scientists to the Festival in October. Our aim is to celebrate science in Norwich. So, alongside some in-depth scientific presentations, there’s a wide and varied programme for all ages that should be fun to see, try out and wonder at. We’re still busy putting it all together so there’s plenty more to come.”

In addition to the above events, the Norfolk Festival of Nature forms a part of the science festival to offer even more talks, lectures and events. These include a panel discussion with nature writers Mark Cocker and Tim Dee, a headline lecture by natural world specialist Richard Mabey, a talk by evolutionist Richard Fortey and cutting-edge bird science from Professor Nicky Clayton. Artists Harriet Mead and Liz McGowan will also talk about how nature and the environment inspires their art and creativity.

The Festival will also host family talks and activities over the October half term holiday including Ultimate Aliens and Dr Ken’s Magic Show. Visitors can also enjoy stargazing in the inflatable planetarium and the Large Hadron Collider experience at The Forum.The new Norwich Science Festival website www.norwichsciencefestival.co.uk is now live and ticket information for these events can be found on the website. Keep checking the website and social media over the coming months as further talks, events and activities are being added regularly: Twitter:@NorwichSciFest, Facebook: Norwich Science Festival. 

Last modified on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 19:34

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