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.
Manchester Science Festival 2021 featured a series of free online talks, exhibitions, debates and activities from Friday 12 – Sunday 21 February. Further socially distanced on-site 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.
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.