Our story

Every October, Manchester Science Festival brings together art, exhibitions, performances and big experiences in an 11-day celebration of science across Greater Manchester.

This is our 12th Festival, which means it all started way back in 2007 – also the year of the very first iPhone and the launch of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. Seems ages ago, doesn’t it? The world of science moves so incredibly fast.

Produced by the Science and Industry Museum, our Festival is part laboratory, part playground. We encourage visitors of all ages to immerse themselves in surprising, meaningful science; from messy experiments to engineering-themed comedy routines and lively environmental debates.

This year’s full programme will be announced on 3 September 2018.

We’re already the biggest science festival in England, but we also aspire to be the boldest, most creative and ambitious in the UK, and want to become known across the world for our commitment to engaging people in science. This drives us to present dozens of new projects each year, with plenty of hands-on activities for families and an imaginative programme for adults, too.

Science is at the heart of Manchester, from the history of Dalton, Joule and Rutherford to the Nobel prize-winning discovery of Graphene. This is our foundation as our Festival creates a place for new ideas and innovations, where curiosities can be explored and Manchester’s past and future research is brought to life.

Our visitors are at the heart of everything we do and we strive to make sure there’s something for everyone. Our unique alliance of sponsors, partners and friends provides amazing support, allowing us to develop events in diverse and unusual venues around Manchester, Salford, Bolton and further afield.

We’re also passionate about inspiring the scientists of the future by making our Festival inclusive, accessible and truly exciting, encouraging young people to question the world around them and see science come to life.

Want to know more? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions.

The Manchester Science Festival Team

2016 Highlights Video

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