The countdown to ATOM 2019 is underway


Here’s your chance to get involved in one of the UK’s most exciting, dynamic and diverse festivals right here in Abingdon!

Here’s a sneak preview of some of the things we’ve got coming up during the #ATOM19 Festival, which this year takes place between March 16-24, 2019. 

Firstly, we’re thrilled to be welcoming one of the country’s highest profile science speakers to Abingdon on Friday, March 22. Dr Hannah Fry is a mathematician, BBC science presenter, author and podcaster. You may have seen her presenting ‘Hannah Fry’s Mysterious World of Maths’, ‘The Joy of Winning’, BBC Horizon, or the recent one-off special ‘Tomorrow’s World Live’.  She is also the author of ‘Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine’ and at #ATOM19 she’ll be delving into the unsettling and often murky world of the algorithms that increasingly control our lives – from deciding what we wear, where we go, and increasingly how we live.  Hannah Fry is just one of an exciting programme of speakers lined up for #ATOM19, including an evening of science stand-up, an invitation to join us in a $3m STEM challenge, and talks on everything from dinosaurs to puffins, cutting-edge construction and the future of energy.

There is plenty for families to get involved in. Thanks to generous sponsorship from companies including UKAEA and Oxford Instruments – many events are free. This includes the Science Market, and the Family Science Fair, which this year have even more participants, provide more opportunities for hands-on science – but still feature many of the elements that made last year’s event such a smash-hit with visitors of all ages (including the explosive ‘Colour of Science’ show, and “More Than You Can See” from Oxford Physics).

ATOM has a growing schools programme – and as well as the Primary Science Fair, we now have an ATOM Ambassador Network made up of motivated young people from many of Abingdon’s schools. Get in touch if you’d like to know more – or become part of the network.  

ATOM is a true community event, celebrating Abingdon-on-Thames as a British ‘Science Capital’, at the heart of science between Harwell Campus, Culham Science Centre and Oxford in the Science Vale. 

The festival delivers diverse, imaginative and family-friendly events to allow our community to discover world-class science and technology taking place on its doorstep, as well as learning about the companies, organisations and scientists who make it happen. ATOM helps build science capital, partnering with schools to engage young people, encouraging them to develop a passion for science and its potential to change the world.

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