BBSRC to partner with London Science Festival to bring world-leading bioscience to the public – BBSRC

Great British Bioscience Festival – 14-16 November, Museum Gardens, Bethnal Green, London

BBSRC has announced a partnership with the successful London Science Festival to deliver the Great British Bioscience Festival later this year.

The free festival will be a culmination of a yearlong programme of activities marking BBSRC 20th Anniversary and will bring world-leading bioscience research groups from across the UK to East London.

BBSRC Chief Executive Professor Jackie Hunter, said: “The Great British Bioscience Festival will be a unique chance for BBSRC and our scientists to bring awe-inspiring bioscience research to East London. The partnership with London Science Festival will help us to engage more people across the capital and our event is a perfect fit with their theme for 2014 – Life”.

The Great British Bioscience Festival will include 19 exciting and engaging exhibits produced by BBSRC-funded university and institute research groups from every UK nation. The groups will exhibit with BBSRC in Museum Gardens, Bethnal Green, London, 14-16 November 2014.

A variety of interactive hands on activities will be on offer, covering a wide range of bioscience topics such as; animal locomotion, taking the pain out of injections and making fish oils in GM plants. Each display will be delivered by a team of leading researchers who will be on hand to explain the science behind the exhibit. The festival will be open to the general public and will be free to attend.

For a full list of each of the funded exhibits that will feature at the festival, visit:

London Science Festival was founded with the mission to engage the public in all things scientific, from natural science to science in its most cultural and interdisciplinary contexts. The Festival collaborates with leading scientists, artists, museums, universities and independent organisations, to open science up to those who fund it, to encourage audiences of all ages to pursue careers in science and engineering – and to allow individuals’ access to research which they can use to make informed decisions about their lives. As part of the partnership with the Great British Bioscience Festival, London Science Festival will move the focus of its activities in 2014 to East London.

London Science Festival takes place from 12-19 November 2014.

Keep up to date with the latest festival news on Twitter using the hashtags #GBbioscifest and #LSF14.


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Ten LSF14 FAQs

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Why is there a London Science Festival?

London Science Festival was founded with the mission to engage the public in all things scientific, from natural science to science in its most cultural and interdisciplinary contexts. We collaborate with our partners to open science up to those who fund it, create forums for debate, encourage audiences of all ages to pursue careers in science and engineering, promote innovation – and to allow individuals’ access to research which they may use to make informed lifestyle choices.

When is the next London Science Festival?

The next festival, London Science Festival 2014 (LSF14), will run from Wednesday 12 to Wednesday 19 November 2014.

How many people attend the festival?

In 2011 and 2013, we averaged over 30,000 visitors to the festival. In 2014, we expect this to increase significantly.

How do I buy tickets for festival events?

Our full programme will be released in September 2014, and tickets for paying events can be purchased online using a credit or debit card. Many of our events are also free of charge, and are ticketed or drop-in depending on the nature of the event and the host venue.

What makes London Science Festival different from other science festivals?

London has unrivalled centres of scientific and cultural research, many sites of historical importance, and is the most international and populous city in Europe. This provides the Festival, and its partners, with a unique platform to communicate and engage the public.

Who are the festival partners?

In 2011 and 2013, we worked with leading science and art institutions in London, the UK and Europe, including:

Natural History Museum logoCERN logoRoyal Society of Chemistry logoUCL logoScience Council logoKing's College London logoLighthouse logoGV Art Gallery logoBritish Pharmacological Society logoScience London logoThe Linnean Society logoBrunel University logoRoyal Academy of Engineering logoScience Museum logoRoyal Observatory Greenwich logoShakespeare's Globe logoSenergy logoBBC Radio 4 logoDneg logoThe Arts Catalyst logoCaSE logoLondon College of Fashion logoAstrium logoSecret Garden Party logo

We will be working with many of these partners again in 2014, and we’re seeking new partnerships which fit our key curatorial themes (Life, and Science & London) for LSF14.

How do I apply to become a festival event organiser?

We actively seek out programming partners with whom we wish to work. Individuals and organisations can also apply to run events as part of our programme through our open application process.

Update: Our formal open application has now closed for your 2014. However, if you would like to enquire about working with London Science Festival please email

What are we looking for?

Events which bring something unique and exclusive to LSF14 will be given priority in our programme; if your event is not new, tell us what is unique about your proposal for LSF14.

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The following are examples of fields which fit our key theme LIFE:

Origins of Life, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Biological Archaeology, Botany, Evolution, Natural History, Ecology, Environment, Genetics, Medicine, Neuroscience, Marine Biology, Psychology, Astrophysics, Anatomy, Art and Medicine, Bioart, Medical Humanities, Immunology, History of Medicine, Sociobiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Sports Science, Zoology etc.

I/my organisation would like to sponsor LSF14, what packages are available?

We have comprehensive ‘gold, silver and bronze’ sponsorship packages for a range budgets. Contact us at for details.

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