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Get involved in Manchester Science Festival 2018

Applications are now open for people and organisations interested in taking part in this year’s Manchester Science Festival.

Last year, 114 partners helped the festival team deliver 112 unique events across the whole of Greater Manchester, from Bolton to Stockport, Rochdale to the city centre.

Examples of events from last year include a fascinating tour of Stockport’s underground bomb shelters, incorporating the history of antibiotics, a hands-on workshop exploring the art of Foley sound recording and an experimental look at the links between maths and music.

For families, there was star gazing at Jodrell Bank, a 'spooky science' family rave and experimental gaming with Lead Educational Sponsors the University of Salford.

Academic partners are particularly encouraged to get involved in Pi:Platform for Investigation – powered by Siemens, a daily event where the latest cutting-edge scientific research is presented in interactive and innovative ways.

Antonio Benitez, Director of the Manchester Science Festival, said:

“Our fantastic festival wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated and creative partners, who amaze me every year with the depth and ingenuity of their ideas for festival events. I would like to invite all those partners to get in touch with their ideas for this year’s festival, as well as encouraging new partners to get in touch with our friendly team who will guide them through the process. Together, we can make this year’s festival even better, bolder and more exciting.”

Proposals should be submitted via our online proposal form by Friday 13 April.

For more information, or to take part, download an application pack.


For more information, hi-res images or interview requests, please contact Kat Harrison-Dibbits, Press and PR Manager at the Museum of Science and Industry, on 0161 606 0176 or email


Produced by the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Science Festival (MSF) is a creative, playful and surprising science festival taking place across Greater Manchester. It is the largest science festival in England and the North’s premiere cultural celebration of all things related to science and innovation.

Dubbed ‘part laboratory, part playground’, the festival invites over 100,000 visitors to join in more than 120 unique and extraordinary events every year, ranging from art installations and theatre to comedy, debates and workshops.


The Museum of Science and Industry tells the story of where science met industry and the modern world began. Its mission is to inspire all its visitors, including future scientists and inventors, with the story of how ideas can change the world, from the industrial revolution to today and beyond. Manchester was one of the first global, industrial cities, and its epic rise, decline and resurrection has been echoed in countless other cities around the world. From textiles to computers, the objects and documents held in the museum’s collection tell stories of everyday life over the last 200 years, from light bulbs to locomotives.                                                      

The Museum of Science and Industry is part of the Science Museum Group, a family of museums which also includes the Science Museum in London; the National Railway Museum in York and Shildon; and the National Media Museum in Bradford. 

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