In pictures: Manchester Science Festival 2017 as it happened

The 2017 Manchester Science Festival featured more than 100 events at venues across Greater Manchester. Here are just a few of the photographic highlights:

Manchester Science Festival 2017 began with a bang as VIPs from across the city were joined by dancing robots for the festival launch on Wednesday, October 18

Councillor Eddy Newman, Lord Mayor of Manchester, meets one of the robots at the 2017 festival launch

Tape, by artists Numen/For Use, was the smash hit success of the festival, with tickets selling out every day. The enormous structure was built using 330 rolls of sticky tape.

Visitors relax in the AquAIRium installation, at the MediaCityUK campus of the festival’s lead educational sponsors, the University of Salford. The event was part of the University’s GameLab weekend.

Young visitors to the Museum of Science and Industry meet Miro, a “robot pet” at the Robots Playground event.

Dr Hannah Fry, who hosted Tomorrow’s World Live along with Dr Jen Gupta, gets excited about the future of robotics. The event was livestreamed from the museum across the world.

Visitors to the Pi: Platform Investigation Killer Fungus event take part in an interactive game created by the University of Aberdeen. The Pi took place every day throughout the festival, and will continue on a monthly basis powered by Siemens.

Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy takes the audience through the connections between music and maths at The Music of Proof, an event produced by the RNCM.

Award-winning chef Mary Ellen McTague takes on the considerably less accomplished robot chef of Foxdog Studios at the late-night Robots event held at the Museum of Science and Industry.

RuBot II, “the Cubinator”, demonstrates its ability to solve a Rubik’s Cube in under 30 seconds.

A child considers the artwork Verfasst, by Logan and Wilcox, at the three-day extravaganza A Grand Exposition, at Talbot Mill.

Are your spidey senses tingling? A group of Spidermen got to grips with Tape, at the Museum of Science and Industry. Pic: Adam Dean

Josh Award winner Jon Chase presents the Hip Hop Science Stop Weekender, inspiring young people with the science of graffiti and Star Wars.

Photography by: Jason Lock, Drew Forsyth and David McLenachan