13 things not to miss at Norwich Science Festival

PUBLISHED: 15:59 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:01 25 September 2018

Rob Newman

Rob Newman


Norwich’s brilliant science festival brings 130 events to you on the theme of our future world...

Norwich Science Festival continues to grow as it returns for a third year. An event celebrating ground-breaking scientific development, it offers nine days of hands-on workshops, exhibitions, talks and shows.

This year’s theme of ‘Our Future World’ will explore how scientific developments are shaping our future with over 130 activities. The festival kicks off on October 19 with a day dedicated to all things aquatic whilst other themed days will concentrate on nature, health, astronomy and more, offering activities for all ages and levels of knowledge.

Coordinated by The Forum in partnership with organisations including Norwich Research Park and the University of East Anglia, the festival offers an opportunity to explore the wonders of the universe, meet scientists who have conducted influential research and debate big questions with big thinkers. Whether you go alone or visit with family, there’s an experience for everyone to enjoy.



• Robert Newman’s Total Eclipse of Descartes

Comedian and writer Rob Newman attempts to piece together a philosophy for our troubled times by sifting through 3,000 years of thought, from Pythagoras to artificial intelligence by way of Pavlov’s dogs, Jane Goodall’s chimpanzees and Frankie Howerd’s trousers.

Norwich Playhouse, Thursday, October 18, 7.30pm

• Universilly challenged

Play with puns, compete in the origami Olympics and put your knowledge to the test with Jonny Berliner and Simon Watt. The pair are hosting a quizzical night for over 18s to show what they know. Get your team of up to six together and battle for prizes.

Epic Studios, £6 per person, 18+, Friday, October 19, 8pm-10pm

• Future Broads challenge

The Broads is a vital wildlife habitat but how will it be impacted by climate change? Hear all about the wildlife and explore a future post-impact scenario. Which species will benefit and which will suffer?

Millenium Library, Vernon Castle Room, free, 12+, Saturday, October, 20, 3pm-4pm

• Islander – a journey around our archipelago

Journey around some of the most interesting small islands Britain has to offer and meet their wild residents. Find out what small islands tell us about our relationship with the natural

world with award-winning author Patrick Barkham.

The Forum auditorium, £6, 15+, Saturday, October 20, 3pm-4pm

• The unexpected truth about animals

Are hyenas feminist icons? Dispel the myths and reveal scientific truths about the world’s most, and least, popular animals with Springwatch presenter and zoologist Lucy Cooke.

The Forum auditorium, £5, 14+, Saturday, October 20, 12pm-1pm

• Once explorers, always explorers

Gain an insight into the European Space Agency’s missions, challenges and successes with Professor Mark McCaughrean. You can expect to hear about LISA Pathfinder gravitational wave detection technology, the Rosetta comet-chasing spacecraft and new missions to study the Sun, Mercury, Mars and the wider universe.

The Forum auditorium, £6, 12+, Monday, October 22, 5pm-6pm

• Dragon Hall debates

Should we let nature take its course? Discuss and debate the fragility of our island nation as sea levels rise and tidal erosion escalates with Malcolm Kerby and the rest of the Dragon Hall

debates panel.

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, free, 16+, Monday, October 22, 7pm-9pm

• MadLab soldering workshops

Experience a hands-on electronics workshop for both children and adults from Science Made Simple and MadLab. Solder electronic components onto specially designed circuit boards which you can then take home. It’s your chance to learn a new skill.

UTCN, £6, 7+, Tuesday, October 23, 10am-11am, 11.30am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-2.30pm, 3pm-4pm

• Smarter travel

Join ITV Anglia’s Jonathon Wills as he talks to experts about how new technologies could shape our future transport. Are we moving towards smarter and speedier travel?

The Forum auditorium, free, 12+, Wednesday, October 24, 1pm-2pm

• Demons of the mind

How do films like Hitchcock’s Psycho affect our understanding of dissociative identity and other trauma related conditions? See a special screening of Psycho and panel discussion between mental health professionals and film academics.

Cinema City, free, 18+, Wednesday, October 24, 5.30pm-8pm

• Health benefits of dark chocolate, green tea and broccoli

How do natural food compounds have positive effects on health? Listen to UEA’s Jenna Helleur discuss the effects of bioactives in broccoli, green tea, cocoa and red wine.

The Forum auditorium, free, all ages, Thursday, October 25, 3pm-4pm

• The psychology of psychopaths

Is Silence of the Lambs’ Hannibal Lector an accurate portrayal of a psychopath? Would you employ a psychopath? Are you one? Find out what underpins psychopathic behaviour at this event. All proceeds are donated to St Martins Housing Trust.

The Forum auditorium, £6, 15+, Thursday, October 25, 6pm-7pm

• Dinner with a difference

Delicious food, delightful fun and diverting facts; join two scientists and a chef for a unique evening combining science and food. The adult-only event explores the science of how and why we like our food.

No8, Thorpe Road, £40, 18+, Thursday, October 15, 7.30pm-10.30pm

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