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Swansea Science Festival 2022 reveals biggest lineup to date

Swansea University Science Festival at the National Waterfront Museum. Credit: Adrian White Photography / Swansea University

This year’s Swansea Science Festival will feature a week-long programme of in-person events, including a talk from award-winning TV presenter and conservationist Chris Packham, when it returns this autumn.

The Festival, hosted by Swansea University in partnership with the National Waterfront Museum, runs from 31 October – 6 November with events taking place across Swansea’s LC, Taliesin Arts Centre, Oriel Science and National Waterfront Museum.

Swansea University Science Festival at the National Waterfront Museum. Credit: Adrian White Photography / Swansea University

The theme of this year’s Festival is ‘frontiers’ and visitors of all ages will be able to enjoy demonstrations, shows, and workshops based on everyday science through to the latest cutting-edge innovations.

The popular Family Weekend, which has attracted nearly 10,000 visitors in previous years, will be held on 5 and 6 November and will feature more than 30 free interactive exhibitions designed to take visitors’ minds on a journey of discovery.

Children’s television presenter Lizzie Daly. Credit: Swansea University

On 31 October, wildlife biologist and broadcaster Lizzie Daly will host a Spooktacular Science quiz night for families at the National Waterfront Museum, featuring questions about all things weird and wonderful in natural science.

Visitors can learn about athletic performance and test their speed, strength, reaction skills and more in a new Sports Zone at the LC on Saturday 5 November, featuring the Ospreys, Swansea City AFC foundation, Swansea University’s sport science team and many others.

Chris Packham. Credit: Swansea University

Chris Packham will share tales of his travels to the world’s wildlife hotspots and the beauty he sees in unexpected places in his talk Pictures from the Edge of the World on Sunday 6 November.

An early bird discount of 22% is available for bookable events up until midnight on Sunday 9 October. The full programme and booking details are available at swansea.ac.uk/swansea-science-festival.

Professor Helen Griffiths, Swansea University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, said: “Since 2016, the Swansea Science Festival has been a key event for the city, one that brings the community together through a shared love of science.

“The continued success of the Festival means that this year’s is the largest one to date, and we look forward to welcoming everyone in person for what will undoubtedly be fantastic event for people of all ages.”