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Manchester Science Festival, Science and Industry Museum

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Manchester Science Festival is an entertaining and inspirational celebration of science, produced by the Science and Industry Museum, part of the Science Museum Group.

Since its inception in 2007, the Festival has inspired visitors with ideas and innovations that have the potential to change our world. After twelve annual editions of Manchester Science Festival between 2007 – 2018, the event changed to a biennial format in 2020. From art commissions to immersive experiences, outdoor events to live debates and lots of opportunities to play, the new-format Manchester Science Festival will inform, engage and ignite curiosity.

Manchester Science Festival will take place from 23 October - 1 November 2020, and this year it will centre on the most urgent issue of our time: climate.

Our changing climate is a pressing, global challenge. In February this year, the UK Government announced the Year of Climate Action – a Cabinet Office COP26 initiative that aims to increase awareness of and support for changes needed to reach the UK’s net zero emissions target by 2050.  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 uniquely placed to influence future progress. Manchester Science Festival is a key event that will help people explore this issue and how we should respond through three broad lenses: our cities; our natural world; and ourselves. The majority of Festival events and activities will be situated in the Science and Industry Museum, with a handful of city-centre venues also hosting activities throughout the events. We are looking for partners to collaborate with on our programme, if you are interested in exploring this opportunity please contact the Festival Team.

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Photo, Crowds enjoying Garden of Light, by TILT. Lumiere London 2016, produced by Artichoke, supported by Mayor of London. Credit Matthew Andrews 2016.

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