Lively Science Fair, Molecule Winners, that’s it for 2017

Our 10th Science Festival came to its end on Saturday 11th November with a very lively and popular Science Fair during the day and an enjoyable “Evening With A Space Scientist”, Professor Monica Grady, to round things off in the evening.

The Science Fair was enjoyed by its highest ever number of visitors, hopefully inspiring many future scientists. We have put a few photos of the event in an album here.

On the day we announced the winners of the Molecule Trail Molymod kit prizes. Angela Halliday and Sue Stanwell were there to be presented with their kits by Marty Jopson, pictured below. The third winner was Stanley Morton who was united with his prize later.

Molecule Trail prize to Sue Stanwell
Sue Stanwell collects her prize from Marty Jopson
Molecule Trail prize winner Angela Halliday
Angela Halliday collects her prize from Marty Jopson








In addition to the Molecule Trail the Cairns family were winners of the Element Raffle.

We would like to thank all the presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers and most of all the visitors who made the 2107 Otley Science Festival such a great success.

And so on to 2018, which will begin with a Science Café in March

Otley Science Festival sponsors


Saturday 11th: Science Fair day

Today’s the day the Science Fair takes place, from 10am to 4pm, free for you to come and join in.

In the Fair you’ll find a whole load of things to interest and entertain you from:

  • Ashfield School
  • Chevin Forest School
  • Colour Experience (Society of Dyers and Colourists)
  • Galaxy Makers
  • Institution of Engineeering and Technology
  • Institute of Physics
  • Leeds Beekeepers
  • Leeds City College & Keighley College
  • Leeds City College Computer Science
  • Leeds Geological Association
  • Leeds Museums & Galleries
  • Leeds University / the PPR Foundation
  • Molecular Modelling
  • Owl Adventures
  • Prince Henry’s Grammar School
  • STAR Centre and Fab Lab (Keighley College)
  • STEMM Awards
  • Thackray Medical Museum

Come and enjoy it.

Cakes, teas, coffees and lunch are available in the café all day.

Happy 10th Birthday to us !

We thought we should properly celebrate our 10th birthday so the audience at last night’s (40th!) Science Cafe had a special treat, a slice of our specially baked birthday cake. A very tasty addition to the usual enjoyable science menu.

10th birthday cake

The cutting of the cake, with founder Marty Jopson and some members of the organising team:


The Festival continues with the film Hidden Figures tonight (Thursday); Technology Futures with Rashik Parmar MBE at Friday’s Science Lunch; Marty Jopson presenting Dangerous Equations on Friday evening and An Evening With A Space Scientist, Monica Grady, on Saturday evening. Plus, of course, the free Science Fair between 10 and 4 on Saturday.

Come and join us!

Festival 2017: Saturday 11th November, daytime Science Fair and Evening With A Space Scientist

10am to 4pm: Otley Science Fair

Get down to this year’s Science Fair for stalls, demonstrations and great experiments to try out. The Courthouse will be alive with local and regional groups showing off the best science Yorkshire has to offer. Build yourself a molecule, have a go with the robots and play with some physics. Cakes, teas, coffees and lunch available in the café all day. Supported by Otley Carnival.

Free event with something for everyone.

7.30pm: Prof. Monica Grady – An Evening with a Space Scientist

monica_grady_4webJoin Professor Monica Grady CBE, a world expert on meteorites, for a journey through her scientific career and interests. From Martian meteorites, to the Rosetta space probe and appearing on Desert Island Discs, this is your opportunity to listen to and ask questions of one of the leading British Space Scientists.

For adults and young people. Bar; Tickets £8

Find out about all the events for the week on our Festival 2017 page

And don’t forget the Molecule Trail, free to enter with great prizes, running until November 9th

Festival 2017: Friday 10th November, Science Lunch and Dangerous Equations in the evening

Science Lunch –  A Glimpse into the Future of Technology

rashik-parmarEnjoy a delicious buffet lunch then sit back and listen to Rashik Parmar MBE, the IBM Technical Executive for Europe, as he discusses how Technology seem to be in all parts of our daily lives, from ensuring we have clean water through to providing entertainment. IBM’s Research Division has identified five technologies that will change our lives in the next 5 years. This talk will discuss the 2017 predictions and explore the likely impact.

12.30 – 2pm. Tickets are limited and pre-booking is essential. £7 including buffet lunch

Marty Jopson – Dangerous Equations

marty_jopson_1webJoin Marty Jopson, Otley resident and the BBC One Show’s science bloke as he places himself in grave personal danger for your entertainment and amusement. Will his steely nerve and a set of equations save him from a broken hand and third degree burns? Can physics alone protect you from Mr. Spiky and the Pendulum of Doom? Only one way to find out. Note, some fully risk assessed audience participation will be sought.

7.30pm. Age 11 and upwards. Bar; Tickets £10/£8

Find out about all the events for the week on our Festival 2017 page

And don’t forget the Molecule Trail, free to enter with great prizes, running until November 9th

Festival 2017: Thursday 9th November, Science Film – Hidden Figures

hidden-figuresEspecially for Otley Science Festival, the Otley Film Society brings you Hidden Figures. The true life story of a team of African American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space programme. Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe. Followed by discussion of the film and the book on which it is based in a local hostelry. Duration 127 minutes.

7.45pm. Certificate PG. Bar; Tickets £5 / Film Society members £4

Find out about all the events for the week on our Festival 2017 page

And don’t forget the Molecule Trail, free to enter with great prizes, running until November 9th