Cheltenham Science Festival reveals superb line-up for unique hybrid event

Cheltenham Science Festival

Cheltenham Science Festival returns from 10- 13 June with a unique hybrid four-day event.

The UK’s leading scientists, presenters, writers, artists and activists make their way to Cheltenham for one of the first post-lockdown festivals of 2021. The line-up includes Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw, Hannah Fry, Adam Rutherford, Gina Martin, Paul Nurse, Camilla Pang, Pushmeet Kohli, Robin Ince, Claudia Hammond, Helen Czerski, Martin Rees, Helen Pilcher, Adam Hart, Ella Al-Shamahi, Cosmic Shambles Network as well as the next generation of STEM professionals and a diverse range of voices who will inform and inspire.

As lockdown eases, audiences will be welcomed in person for socially-distanced talks and workshops at Cheltenham Town Hall and the Apollo Free Stage in Imperial Gardens. People at home can watch the events streamed online for free on Cheltenham Festivals website and catch up until 14 September 2021 by subscribing to the CheltSciFest Player. A schools and family programme of more than 50 events will be available online to watch for free at any time between 13 May and 13 September 2021. The Discover Zone moves online with lots of activities at each virtual stopping off point, opening on 13 May as a warm-up to the Festival.

Guest Curators are Nobel prize-winning geneticist and Director of the Francis Crick Institute, Paul Nurse; scientist, award-winning author of Explaining Humans and autism advocate Camilla Pang; and campaigner and author Gina Martin who will explore the Festival theme Be The Change with a panel of young activists.

The Festival’s Head of Programming Marieke Navin said: “We’ve gathered an exceptional line-up of speakers across everything from the climate crisis to cocktails. In a year where science has taken centre stage, we hope Cheltenham Science Festival will spark conversations by taking the temperature of the biggest issues affecting our lives today, as well as entertain through spectacular live shows. We’re ready to celebrate as we welcome audiences back into our venues.”

On 9 June at 7pm, FameLab UK will choose the British representative who will compete against finalists from 24 countries in the FameLab International Online Final in November. 2021 marks the 15th and final year of the FameLab International competition delivered worldwide in partnership with the British Council. This year’s event will offer an exciting programme of interactive online heats – and a celebration of the partnership which has led to a global science communication phenomenon.

Tickets for a socially distanced audience are available at Cheltenham Festival Members can buy them from 5 May 2021, and they go on general sale on 13 May.

Major Partners: DeepMind, Kohler Mira, Northrop Grumman, Safran, Spirax Sarco, University of Gloucestershire
Festival Partners: British Pharmacological Society, BT, BUPA Foundation, Canal & River Trust, CGI, Cynam, Discover Materials (Henry Royce), GCHQ, Gloucestershire College, Golden Valley Development, IMech E, Intel, Penney Financial Partners, Rosalind Franklin Institute, Royal Society, University of Leeds, Waterstones