Manchester Science Festival is a highlight of the city’s cultural calendar and one of the most popular science festivals in the UK.
It is produced by the Science and Industry Museum and part of the Science Museum Group.
The last festival was held in 2018, with the next event originally due to take place in October 2020. However, following the museum's temporary closure due to coronavirus restrictions, the decision was made to reschedule for February 2021.
This year's festival will look and feel different, with events in February taking place online, but there is still plenty to watch, learn and enjoy. Further socially distanced onsite activities, including UK premieres and a dedicated special event programme for families will also take place later in the year, supporting Manchester's cultural, economic and skills recovery.
The next Manchester Science Festival is planned for October 2022 and will see a return of both digital and live events.
Manchester Science Festival 2021
Manchester Science Festival 2021 explores the role of science, technology and communities in finding solutions to our changing climate, one of the world's most urgent challenges.
It will take place online to ensure audiences can continue to be inspired, empowered and entertained from home while the museum remains temporarily closed. Further socially distanced events, including UK premieres and a dedicated special event programme for families will also take place later in the year, supporting Manchester’s cultural, economic and skills recovery.
The festival is a cornerstone of the Science Museum Group's public programme focused on climate. As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester was the catalyst for scientific innovation and unprecedented change worldwide. Now, with Greater Manchester's vision of becoming carbon-neutral by 2038, the city is primed to influence future progress. The festival will support this through a programme that encourages communities, scientists and activists to advance ideas for a better world.
The Science Museum Group aims to lead public engagement in the UK on the science of climate change and the technological challenges and opportunities around energy transition by providing a compelling public programme. It also aims to be a leader in the sector in reducing the environmental impacts of its work.
The Josh Award
The Josh Award is the UK's national award in STEM communication. The most recent winner, Charlotte Hale-Smith, will present some special events at Manchester Science Festival 2021.