The festival of science and innovation is a collaboration between New Elements and STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway and is supported by Swindon-based UK Research and Innovation.

The spectacular event, held for the first time last year, is back with a two-day virtual festival on the 19 and 20 of February, along with online activities and special events for schools. After the runaway success of last year’s event, organisers expect tickets to be snapped up quickly.

This free festival will showcase the latest research which will help us all to shape the future, from cutting edge technology to advances in our understanding of everything from medicine to climate science and the creative industries.

As well as exploring a wide range of activities to try at home, visitors to the festival can join an exciting agenda of talks and shows, covering everything from the future of food and medicine to the latest on space exploration and the fight to tackle climate change.

Families will be able to visit a virtual discovery zone and can meet and chat with scientists and engineers from a wide range of institutes, universities, and businesses. The Science Museum Group will be premiering their new digital activities, and the UK Space Agency will be teaming up with Auroch Digital and gamer eirawave to chat to the public whilst streaming footage of their Mars Horizon game, made with the European Space Agency.

Intel are back this year, to reveal the latest in computing and 5G, and visitors can even book onto virtual planetarium shows.  Visitors will be able to drop in to live demonstrations, learn how to make your own space blankets, take a behind-the-scenes tour of a lab, or create some science-inspired art – among many other family-friendly activities.

For the first time, this year, the festival organisers are also organizing events aimed at adults on the Friday and Saturday evenings, with an online ‘pub quiz’ presented by a Virtual Reality quizmaster and even a Science Comedy Panel Show.

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The festival is made possible by the support of principal partner, UK Research and Innovation, and Major Partners Business West and Bravedog.