About Manchester Science Festival

This Autumn Manchester Science Festival returns for the 7th year. Play, create and experiment with your scientific side as Manchester Science Festival brings together a unique blend of art, make-it workshops, performances and big experiences for all ages across Greater Manchester.

The Festival's playful and imaginative programme invites visitors to immerse themselves in science, ideas and innovation. Events take place in cultural and unusual venues around the city, in Salford, Bolton and across Greater Manchester.

MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) is the proud producer of Manchester Science Festival. With a unique alliance of partners and supporters from throughout the region we work together to develop and deliver the Festival.

We bring you some of the best scientists, from Manchester and beyond, who join us to discuss their work, the UK’s most cutting-edge research and what the future might hold. From Dalton, Joule and Rutherford, to the Nobel Prize winning discovery of graphene, Manchester is at the very heart of science in the UK and the Festival is your opportunity to question the experts.

We are constantly creating new projects and creative events, many of which are for adults only. This gives people the chance to learn, explore and think about science through dance, music, fashion, film, performance and art.

At the centre of the Festival is our family programme including science shows and hands-on activities (many of which are free!) to keep the kids busy and entertained during half term.

As well as the main Festival programme, we also run a successful community programme which we have built upon each year which takes place at community Festivals or community venues throughout Greater Manchester.

Our Festival video gives you a taster of what happened at last year's Festival.

It is important, now more than ever before, that we engage with science, inspire young people and nurture the scientists of the future. The Festival is an opportunity to bring science to life and encourage young people to be excited by and question the world around them. Just as importantly, however, the Festival is a chance for people of all ages to have fun and explore what science means to us.

As we celebrate seven years of this fantastically creative and collaborative science festival, a huge thank you goes to all our sponsors, supporters, partners and audiences. The Festival has grown from strength to strength and it would not have been possible without your support.

Dr. Marieke Navin
Manchester Science Festival Director


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