About the Festival

The British Science Festival has been running since 1831 and has taken place every year since then (apart from the war years). It is hosted each year by an institution renowned for its involvement with science and in 2011 Bradford is proud to have been selected to be the host venue.

There are 3 parallel festivals in the International media spotlight:

  • A festival for schools and young people
  • A festival of public engagement with science: including public lectures, informal discussions and hands-on science.
  • A festival at the frontiers of science bringing the latest from the research frontier to the meetings and the world’s press.

The vision brings together the science community with the schools and colleges with the political world of developing prosperity and with the community at large sharing their interests and hopes of gaining personally and collectively from their engagement with science, and developing ownership of its direction.