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22 Nov 2017

British Science Festival

The British Science Festival is Europe's longest standing science festival, travelling to a different place in the United Kingdom each year. It aims to diversify the public's understanding of science, with an events programme that encompasses it in the broadest sense of the word.

Next year, the Festival is taking place in Hull - the 2017 UK City of Culture - and will be hosted by the University of Hull between 11-14 September 2018.

There are a variety of ways that active researchers can get involved in the festival.

Call for Award Lecture nominations 

Are you, or do you know, an exceptional early career researcher? 

Every year the British Science Association asks for nominations for the seven Award Lectureships available to early career academics who are skilled at engaging people with their research. These Award Lectures aim to promote open and informed discussion of science and related disciplines. Awards are available in seven different areas:


  • Margaret Mead - social sciences


  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel - engineering, technology and industry


  • Charles Lyell - environmental sciences


  • Charles Darwin - agricultural, biological and medical sciences


  • Rosalind Franklin - physical sciences and mathematics


  • Daphne Oram - digital innovation


  • Jacob Bronowski - science and the arts


Winners will have the chance of presenting their lecture at the 2018 Festival in Hull, receiving a £250 honorarium, having engagement coaching and more! Further information, including the application process can be found here

The deadline for Award Lecture nominations is 2 January 2018 at 9am

Open call for proposals 

Would you like to be involved in the British Science Festival 2018?

They are 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. They welcome and encourage creative formats and drop-in activities.

The deadline for proposals is 19 February 2018 at 9am

Please visit the webpage for further details.