It all kicks off on November 11th…

Otley Science Festival 2019 poster

And more we couldn’t fit on the poster:

  • Wednesday 13th November the Festival Science Café
  • Thursday 14th November Otley Film Society presents: APOLLO 11
  • Friday 15th November the multiply fulfilling Science Lunch: Black Holes, Quasars and the violent fate of the Milky Way
  • Friday 15th November An Evening with Paul Hardaker, Chief Executive of the Institute of Physics

Get the details for everything on the Festival 2019 page and not forgetting the Science Fair on Saturday 16th, which also has its own page here

That was the September Science Café: next stop Festival 2019

Everything is in place and tickets are selling well for the 2019 Science Festival: indeed some events are already sold out.

Our week of events cover from deep ocean to deep space, physics to food and include a café, a lunch and Saturday’s all day free fair, this year with added “fringe” events. Check out the details on the Festival 2019 page.

Meanwhile, here’s a quick look back at the September Science Café.


Clockwise from top left:

  • Getting down to questions
  • Dr Nicolas Barry & Dr William Martin, School of Chemistry & Biosciences, University of Bradford on Molecular music: the sound of chemistry
  • Dr Kevin Houston, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds presenting Caricatures and Dancing Homers: The maths of shape
  • Dr J. Bernadette Moore, School of Food Science & Nutrition, University of Leeds addressing Sugar, fat, alcohol… what’s worse for the liver?

The programme is out, tickets are on sale for Otley Science Festival 2019

With the release of the Otley Courthouse autumn programme tickets are on sale for this year’s Science Festival.

Details for the Science Festival programme are included in the Courthouse programme booklet which you can pick up in the Courthouse and in other locations in the area. The list of events is on our web site here, along with the links to more details and Ticketsource for buying the tickets. We will be adding fuller details for all the events here shortly.

And if you can’t wait, our next Science Café is on Thursday September 26th. Again, details will follow shortly.

Festival Week Programme For Schools Published

Preparations for the 2019 Science Festival Week are well under way and as a starter we are now able to publish the programme of daytime events for schools.

These sessions, designed for primary schools (home educators also welcome), run during the daytime on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the Science Festival week (November 12th, 13th, 14th).

This year we are delighted to have two people known from the BBC and beyond, Maddie Moate and Greg Foot, plus Live Science Presenter extraordinaire Jon Wood.

You can find all the details on our Schools page.

13th June – the next Science Café

The warmer weather is here and with it our midsummer Science Cafe.

One timely topic of the evening’s trio is the science of staying safe in the water. Along side this we will discover what dirty teeth tell us about the past and the technology behind the famous (infamous?) Bitcoin: good for much more than just for a dodgy currency. An evening of useful and entertaining information!

Tickets are just £5 (under 18s free) so come and join us at 7.30pm on Thursday June 13th for another great evening. The full details are here on the Science Café page.

Spring is coming and so is the first Science Café of 2019

We’ve been a bit over quiet since the last post in the run up to the 2018 Science Festival. Excuse: it was a great, busy, success and we’ve been recovering ever since.

A bit weak really, but anyway we are now well into 2019, planning is under way for this year’s festival but before then we have 3 great Science Cafés to keep you informed and entertained.

With spring just around the corner (we live in hope!) we kick off on Thursday March 14th at 7.30pm with the usual diverse range of topics: phages, football science and decontaminating grandad!

Tickets are just £5 (under 18s free) so come and join us for another great evening. The full details are here on the Science Café page.

Counting down the days…

We are now counting down to Otley Science Festival 2018 and tickets for the great range of events are selling fast. Don’t miss your chance to see TV star scientists, live pyrotechnics, a Great British Bake Off finalist and more right here in Otley.

Here are the headlines:

  • Monday 5th, 7.30pm : Marty Jopson – Invisible Worlds: a microscopic safari
  • Tuesday 6th, 7.30pm : Festival Science Café
  • Wednesday 7th, 7.30pm : Matthew Tosh – Fireworks: Real Science or Just Bangs?
  • Thursday 8th, 7.45pm : The Shape Of Water (2017) – Otley Film Society
  • Friday 9th, 12.30pm : Science Lunch –  Serendipity and Suitcases: a physicist’s approach to new materials
  • Friday 9th, 7.30pm : Alice Roberts – Tamed: three species that changed our world
  • Saturday 10th, 10am-4pm : Science Fair – free – with something for everyone
  • Saturday 10th, 7.30pm : Andrew Smyth – Bakineering In Space

Find all the details here and make sure you don’t miss out!

Science Festival 2018 poster