The third year of the beloved Norwich Science Festival ran again this year in October half term. We were delighted to be a Festival Partner again this year. Over 135 events were run over the 10 days with 27 sold out events in venues across the city. Over 50 volunteers gave up over 930 hours of their time to keep the festival running smoothly and over 100 scientists from Norwich Research Park and UEA gave up their time to get involved with the festival and engage with the public. All of this accumulated with over 3,500 visitors to the festival, the largest number ever!
The event finale was our very own Norwich Research Park Day titled ’Science without Borders’ with events running across the park and in the Forum many of our scientists gave up their time to show off their exciting research to our cities budding young scientists.
In the Forum’s Explorium there were microbiology experiments from the Quadram Institute, Stan the Skeleton from Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital as well as stalls with activities from The John Innes Centre, Earlham Institute and The Sainsburys Laboratory.
Alongside these hands-on activities available throughout the day, there were also a set of drop-ins and talks running throughout the day. This included ‘Who Was John Innes?’- the story of the centre that has been in Norwich for over 50 years; An introduction to the new Quadram Institute and the exciting food and health research that will be carried out there; ‘Discovering Our Forgotten Senses’- an enlightening talk from Professor Carl Philpott in partnership with NNUH how our senses of taste and smell underpin our daily lives; ‘What is the Earlham Institute’- explaining how their aim of ‘decoding living systems’ can tell the most fascinating story of all time and ‘Food Evolution: The Movie’- examining the use of Genetic Modification in improving our crops and food.
Natalie Bailey, Festival Producer, said: “We are overwhelmed by the level of support for Norwich Science Festival, and by the sheer numbers of people who joined us to explore, discover and have fun with science. We’re hugely thankful to everyone involved in making this year’s Festival the biggest and best yet – all our sponsors, partners, funders and countless contributors, scientists, speakers, volunteers, organisers and venues.”
The Norwich Science Festival will be returning in the October half term 2019!