Science at the Shops

24 October, 10:00 am

6 hrPWYD

Interactive | Health & Medicine, Physics, Environment and Nature

Diamonds, hearts, beasts and microbes are taking over Banks Court at Templars Square Shopping Centre this weekend. Take part in an exciting selection of fun activities for all ages and meet the people changing tomorrow, today! These are drop-in activities with no need to pre-book. 

Activities include:

Adventures in animal behaviour

Can you identify and draw comparisons between human behaviours and those of other wild and domestic animals? Discover how meerkats use scent to recognise family members and find out what owls have had for dinner. Notice other animal behaviour around you and explore your inner beast.

Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

Fighting viral infections

The human body is constantly under attack from a whole range of viruses (not just the infamous COVID-19 virus!) so your highly-effective immune system is always on patrol to seek and destroy infections. Find out how your body attacks viral invaders by playing games to train the immune system to recognise and kill infected cells.

MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford

Diamond Light Source

Discover your local synchrotron, a huge particle accelerator, producing light 10 billion times brighter than the sun. See how it is used to study everything from viruses and vaccines to battery technology and recycling. Ask anything about the world-leading science taking place on your doorstep.

Diamond Light Source

Cutting-edge research

Join in an interactive exploration of cutting-edge science. Become a trainee surgeon and try your hands at surgery to discover more about the exciting research from two global medical research groups on your doorstep.

Nuffield Dept of Surgical Sciences / Nuffield Dept of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford

IF Oxford uses Pay What You Decide (PWYD) ticketing so you can choose to pay whatever you want, or can afford. You can make your donation during booking or after the event and the amount you pay is up to you. A suggested donation of £5 per person for each event enjoyed will help secure the future of the Festival. IF Oxford is run by The Oxfordshire Science Festival (charity #1151361) and your donation may be eligible for Gift Aid, where a charity can claim back an extra 20% of your donation at no cost to you.

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COVID security

With a sizable number of staff, performers, volunteers, and indeed the public, not yet fully vaccinated, we encourage our visitors to continue wearing masks and to practice social distancing so that we can all feel safe and protected. We see this as an important step to protecting everyone involved in creating culture in Oxford, and kindly request that visitors remain considerate during this time. In the event of a change in COVID status, the Festival reserves the right to convert in-person events to digital if required and will inform all ticket holders of any changes.


Templars Square Shopping Centre, Upper Barr, Oxford, UK OX4 3UX