Showcasing incredible discoveries at Swindon Festival of Tomorrow

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Hear the stories behind ground-breaking UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funded research at the Swindon Festival of Tomorrow 2021.

UKRI is the principal sponsor of Swindon’s Festival of Tomorrow 2021.

The festival, which was held for the first-time last year, is back as a two-day virtual event this weekend. It includes online activities and special events for schools.

As part of the festival, UKRI-funded researchers will display some of their most exciting work in ‘virtual booths’ to inspire an interest in science in audiences of all ages.

Inspiring the next generation

The festival aims to inspire the next generation of researchers by revealing the science behind astonishing UKRI-funded discoveries, including:

  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council funded researchers from Rothamsted Research will explain how understanding the DNA in bread helped them crack the code for a healthy white loaf. They will be giving a live bread baking demonstration
  • an animation produced by the Natural Environment Research Council will tell stories of the researchers who brave the elements to further our understanding of the natural world.

Free for everyone to enjoy

Tickets to access the festival’s online platform are free and there is something on offer for audiences of all ages.

Families will be able to visit a virtual discovery zone and can meet and chat with scientists and engineers from a wide range of:

  • institutes
  • universities
  • businesses.

There are also events aimed at adults with an online ‘pub quiz’ presented by a virtual reality quizmaster and a science comedy panel show.

Register online now

The festival takes place from 18 to 20 February 2021.

Find out how UKRI-funded research is tackling the world’s greatest challenges through a series of exciting online talks, events and games at Swindon’s Festival of Tomorrow 2021.

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