Otley Science Festival 2018 is go…

5th – 10th November

Science-Festival-Logo-2018-rect-yellowThe schedule is complete, the Otley Courthouse Autumn programme is published and tickets are on sale. Book early to make sure you don’t miss out (some people did last year).

Once again we have a great line up with diverse speakers, sessions for schools (and even younger ones), a film, an evening Science Café and that regular favourite, the Science Lunch.

You can find the details on our Festival 2018 page

Speakers announced for September Science Café

We can now announce the speakers and sessions for our next Science Café on Thursday September 20th, at 7.30pm

The wide ranging topics will cover “How do psychologists decide who to release from prison and can we ever really predict behaviour?”, “How to make Smart Cities more human” and “Emley Moor – From Camera to Screen”.

More details are here on the Science Café page. Don’t miss it!

Quick look back to June’s Science Café

We have to thank our three speakers, Dr Louise Murray, Dr Sue Bowler and Dr Mike Ries for a really interesting, educational and entertaining evening at June’s Science Café on Thursday 14th.

Here’s a little look back at the event. Clockwise from the top left, Dr Sue Bowler introducing the gravitational waves Nobel prize winners; Dr Louise Murray answering questions on Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy; Sue’s question time being managed by Marty Jopson and Dr Mike Ries about to demonstrate the remarkable properties soft body physics properties of cornflower in water (without mess!).

June 18 Science Cafe Composite

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.