From Minibeasts to Space Dogs – Over 180 Events in Biggest Norwich Science Festival Yet!

22 August 2019

Norwich Research Park is delighted to partner of the Norwich Science Festival for the fourth year running. The 2019 Norwich Science Festival brochure is out now, featuring over 180 exciting events – from the science of food, ageing, to the future of human spaceflight, and family shows from animal top trumps to the science of Roald Dahl.
The Festival, which runs in October half-term (18–26 October), is back for its fourth year, with nine days of science fun for all ages and levels of knowledge. Its eclectic programme covers food, health and medicine; zoology, nature and the environment; chemistry; technology and engineering; astronomy, space and physics, and the cutting-edge work by scientists at Norwich Research Park.

The brochure was launched at The Forum, with the help of partners from the Norwich Research Park and University of East Anglia. Joining them was ‘Barney Bee’, who had flown in to promote the Earlham Institute’s Bumblebee Trail at this year’s Festival, and Bee Saviour Behaviour, who help people save bees on the streets. 

Highlights include: headline speaker conservationist Dr Jane Goodall, talking to Prof Ben Garrod; a Hidden Elements trail throughout Norwich, inspired by the periodic table; a panel debate on social media and its impact on teenage mental health, with TV and radio presenters Katie Thistleton and Dr Radha Modgil; and presenter Konnie Huq in conversation about her children’s book and why more girls should get into science.  There’s also science-inspired exhibitions, films and theatre shows, plus from Saturday 19 October, there’s free family-friendly activities, hands-on fun and talks each day at The Forum, for all ages. 

David Parfrey, our Executive Chair said: "Some of the biggest challenges our world faces include how we feed a growing population, prevent and treat chronic diseases and take our planet back from the brink of irreversible climate change.

"The work being undertaken at the Norwich Research Park has never been more relevant than it is today, and the Norwich Science Festival is a fantastic opportunity for us to share our world-class research, to celebrate science and to help inspire the next generation."

Engaging Images Exhibition our exhibition of beautiful and inspiring scientific photographs that tell the story of the ground breaking research being carried out across the Park will be on show for the duration of the Festival. There is also an opportunity to Meet the Scientists behind the images on 22nd October more details here

The Explorium! Norwich Research Park Day - Wednesday 23rd October 10am-4pm

Discover the groundbreaking science happening at the Park.  Find out what happens in the lab, and how the Park's vision to change lives and rethink society is being brought to life, right on your doorstep.

Step into a giant nose and learn the science behind snot, allergies and asthma. Become an atmospheric detective, or witness a giant seed pod explode in front of your eyes.  Take flight on the bumblebee trail or build a new species of plant.  Activities from Norwich Research Park partners UEA, the John Innes Centre, the Quadram Institute, the Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory, plus Big C: Norfolk's Cancer Charity.

Visit to see all events and book tickets, or pick up a brochure from The Forum, Norwich TIC or venues across Norfolk.