British Science Festival

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

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

In 2018, Dr Heidi Burdett, Lyell Research Fellow was invited to present the Charles Lyell Awards Lecture at the British Science Festival in Hull. Heidi discussed her research with an enraptured audience, exploring how coral reefs will fare in the face of adversity. 

Heidi joins an illustrious group of Award Lecture recipients that includes: Professor Brian Cox (winner in 2006), Maggie Aderin-Pocock (winner in 2008), and Richard Wiseman (winner in 2002). 

In 2016, Dr Alan Gow performed 'The Great British Brain Off' at the BSW in Swansea. His show explored the factors which might protect or harm the ageing brain. The audience  shared their ideas about the key lifestyle 'ingredients' in the recipe for the perfect brain, with a lively discussion exploring what we might do to promote better brain health with age.