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The ATOM Festival of Science takes place in Abingdon-on-Thames March 16-24, 2019.

The festival, now in its sixth year, celebrates Abingdon as the epicentre of science in Oxfordshire and the Science Vale, including Harwell Campus and Culham Science Centre.

The festival delivers diverse, imaginative and family-friendly events to allow local people to discover world-class science and technology taking place on their doorstep, as well as learning about the companies, organisations and scientists who make it happen. ATOM helps build science capital, partnering with schools to engage young people and inspire and encourage them to develop their scientific interests.

The ATOM Festival committee would like to give their festival audience the opportunity to contribute to current scientific research, and are excited to invite a group of local researchers to carry out a citizen-science-style project with their visitors.

On Saturday 23 March, the Science Market will take place in Abingdon’s market place (OX14 3HG).

There will be a huge variety of stands (~25), demonstrations and public engagement on offer. This year the Science Market is due to be bigger and better with some new additions, including a citizen science project! This would be an ideal opportunity for you to engage members of the public and encourage them to take part in your research. Ideally, they’d also love to be able to show a visual representation of the results obtained on the day for everyone to be able to see how they have contributed.

This citizen science research project doesn’t have to take place over the course of a single day, however. Throughout the festival period (16-24 March), the Abingdon Community FreeSpace (a converted shop premises in the town centre) will be dedicated to showcasing festival activities. Last year, the Oxford University physics department utilised this space to build a giant crystal structure to engage the community with the topic of quantum materials ( This year they'd love to offer the space to you to carry out some research with members of the community.

If you would like to get involved, or have any questions, Megan Milarski would so love to hear from you, please email



ATOM takes place within a passionate and engaged community, and is something everyone can become part of through:

  • High profile speaker events in venues around Abingdon.
  • Stands, demonstrations, films and public engagement on the Abingdon Market Square including the Science Marketplace (Mar 23).
  • Workshops and shows for primary and secondary children.
  • Family Science Day (Mar 24) at the Yang Technology Centre, Abingdon School.
  • And a variety of smaller, fun and quirky science-inspired events under the ATOM Fringe banner.

Talks and events are aimed at a general audience including families. Speakers in recent years have included Jim Al-Khalili, Marcus Du Sautoy and Chris Lintott.

ATOM events take place in various locations around the town making it a true community event that benefits everyone, and generates buzz and enthusiasm for science far beyond the festival, all backed up with extensive social media engagement and other events which take place throughout the year.

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tweet to @ATOMSciFest to keep track of all the latest event announcements –
and discover ways to get involved!