The British Science Festival is Europe’s longest standing science Festival, traveling to a different place in the United Kingdom each year. Our Festival aims to connect people with scientists, engineers, technologists and social scientists.

Each year, we bring an inspiring programme of free events to the public over four or five days, bursting with exciting opportunities to get involved in. Our talks, workshops and drop-in events span a diverse range of subjects that encompass science in the broadest sense, promising something for everyone!

In 2017, the Festival came to Brighton which buzzed with science enthusiasm as we, with our co-hosts University of Sussex and University of Brighton, bought over 200 free events to the city. You can see our highlights video here:

This year, dinosaurs, raves, panel discussions, and even a recording of Late Night Woman’s Hour graced Brighton with their presence, and we can’t wait to see what the Festival will bring to our next destination. We will be in Hull and the Humber, from 11-14 September 2018, hosted by the University of Hull.

Opportunities to get involved

We are now accepting event proposals and Award Lecture nominations for the British Science Festival 2018 in Hull. Please find further details below.

Open Call for proposals

We’re looking for proposals from across the scientific spectrum and beyond. Festival content should be aimed at non-specialist adults (i.e. aged 16+) with a broad interest in science. We welcome and encourage creative formats and drop-in activities.

Further on submitting an event proposal for the British Science Festival 2018 can be found in the FAQ. Please complete the proposal form by this date. If you have any queries please direct them here.

Proposal deadline: 9.00 19 February 2018

Award Lectures – are you, or do you know, a promising early career researcher?

Every year we ask for nominations for the seven Award Lectureships available to promising early career academics, skilled at engaging people with their research. These Award Lectures aim to promote open and informed discussion of science and related disciplines. The selected candidates will have the opportunity to present their winning Award Lecture at the 2018 Festival.

More information, including the application process can be found here.

Nomination deadline: 9.00 2 January 2018


For information on the sponsorship packages available for the British Science Festival, please contact Amy MacLaren, Director of Development & Communications at the British Science Association.