Record numbers flock to Cheltenham Science Festival

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Record numbers flocked to Cheltenham Science Festival. There were over 45,000 visits from people of all ages taking part in six free interactive zones in the tented Festival Village, Cheltenham Town Hall and around the streets and bars of Cheltenham.

The Festival hosted over 150 talks and workshops from scientists and presenters on topics ranging from the latest developments in artificial intelligence and brain research to the science of Marvel.

Debates on plastic, the psychology of willpower, driverless cars and dancing traffic cones were particularly popular. BBC World Service’s show Tech Tent broadcast live from the Festival and Jim Al-Khalili recorded an interview for future broadcast on BBCR4’s The Life Scientific.

Festivals Director Ian George said: “Cheltenham Science Festival is leading the way in public engagement in science. We had over 7,300 pupils and teachers through the doors over the four school days with many children coming back over the weekend with their families.”

6,474 pupils and 865 staff from 90 schools visited the Festival this year – from as far afield as Bristol, Bromsgrove, Coventry and Chippenham