Sidmouth Science Festival
AboutThe eigth Sidmouth Science Festival runs from Friday 4th to Saturday 13th October 2019 with the theme of "Science in our Lives".
The events during the week will cater for all ages and abilities with projects and demonstrations taking place in schools and colleges and throughout the town. Serious science talks and fun hands-on events take place on Super Science Saturday13th and at the Family Fun Day on Sunday 14th at the Norman Lockyer Observatory.
The Festival theme will continue as "Science in our Lives" to reflect how important the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering) are to everything we do nowadays. We aim to promote curiosity in the young, to inspire them to consider a STEM career in a rapidly changing employment market, in addition to encouraging self-confessed nonscientists to engage with science in fun ways, including art, drama and music and hands-on activities. We also provide talks by experts in their fields for those looking for something more technically challenging.
Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday 8th October, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, will feature eminent female scientists.
Various community groups will contribute events during the week, too.
In 2018 guest speakers included Professor Graeme Stephens FRS from the NASA Center for Climate Sciences, as well as TV personalities Professor Iain Stewart and Marty Jopson. There was a dedicated Earth Science Hall, a visit to a brewery, bat identification, a Wellbeing afternoon and two Pint of Science evenings. The Family Fun Day included two model jet car races as well as many other activities for young people. The interactive Science trail along the seafront proved popular with families, too.
So there is something for everyone!
Throughout the year the Science Festival runs a Cafe Scientifique which meets once a month, except in August, to listen to a science speaker and discuss the topic.