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Want to be part of next year's British Science Festival? Now's your chance. BSA have opened their call for proposals and Award Lecture nominations.

Next year, the Festival is taking place in Hull - the 2017 UK City of Culture - and will be hosted by the University of Hull between 11 - 14 September 2018.

The British Science Festival is Europe’s longest standing science festival, travelling to a different place in the United Kingdom each year. It aims to diversify the public’s understanding of ‘science’, with an events programme that encompasses it in the broadest sense of the word. In 2017, the Festival went to Brighton and it was one of the biggest yet - check out our highlights video to get a flavour of what went down! 

Dr Neil Ashton in the Department of Engineering gave a talk at this year’s festival, saying, “We applied for the award lectures but unfortunately I didn’t get it, but was offered a spot to do a talk. It was one of their public lectures to about 100 people in a lecture theatre. It was a really good experience with plenty of enthusiastic audience members of all ages. I talked for about 40 minutes and then had 20 minutes of questions. I would definitely recommend it to people to apply for!”


Open call for proposals

Festival content should be aimed at non-specialist adults (i.e. aged 16+) with a broad interest in science. Proposals with creative formats and drop-in activities are welcomed and encouraged.

The deadline for proposals is 9.00 19 February 2018.

Award Lecture nominations

Every year the BSA invite promising early career researchers, who are keen to engage people with their research, to apply for one of our seven Award Lectureships. These Award Lectures aim to promote open and informed discussion of science and related disciplines.

The deadline for nominations is 9.00 2 January 2018.

For more information about the open call and Award Lectures, as well as the application process please visit their website:

They encourage people to get in contact to discuss their proposal idea before submitting. Please direct any communications to Anna Woolman,