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Exeter hosts the British Science Festival 2023

Exeter hosts the British Science Festival 2023


Published on 13 September 2023

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Between Thursday 7th and Sunday 10th September, Exeter hosted the British Science Festival - Europe’s longest standing science festival which travels to a different place in the UK each year and celebrates the people, stories and ideas at the heart of science.

Organised by the British Science Association in partnership with the University of Exeter, and working closely with Exeter City Council, the festival welcomed people from across the city and beyond, to explore the wonders of science, showcasing the very best of research and innovation from Exeter and across the UK.

For the first two days of the festival, the University’s Streatham Campus became a buzz of discovery and curiosity, bringing together cutting-edge research, interactive events and hands-on workshops. These included a Killer Fungus escape room experience, a revolutionary approach to personalised shoe design, and taking a seat in an AI-managed air traffic control centre.

From the Friday evening and into the weekend, the focus switched to the city of Exeter which was transformed into the setting for exploring science and creativity. Exeter Cathedral hosted the city’s first-ever ‘science market’ filled with stalls of interactive experiences, such as learning how to repair garments, and delving into the world of seaweed through the media of art, poetry and song.

Hamza Yassin, TV presenter, wildlife photographer and birdwatcher sat down for a conversation with the University of Exeter’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Lisa Roberts, giving the audience a glimpse into his life, including what makes him tick, and how he became one of Britain’s finest wildlife photographers.

On Sunday, the BBC Studio’s Natural History Unit (NHU), one of the best-known producers of natural history content in the world and responsible for some of the most globally successful factual content of the past 10 years, gave the audience an insight into the ground-breaking technology and innovation used to capture wildlife behaviour, and how they use exceptional storytelling and cutting-edge science to reveal the extraordinary wonders of nature through science.

Photos courtesy of Theo Moye.