Science Wonder discovery evening

10 October, 5:00 pm

3 hoursPWYD

Interactive | Careers, Environment & Nature, Health & Medicine, Science

Science Wonder discovery evening

The Farmhouse, Begbroke Science Park, Woodstock Road, OX5 1PF


Discover research and innovation from Begbroke Science Park and across Oxford University, helping to create a better world. Exciting changes are underway with emerging technologies and research spaces alongside new art and science collaborations. Meet scientists at spin-out labs and explore the Begbroke Innovation District arts programme at this Festival zone.

Suitable for age 10+, teenagers and adults.

Your ticket allows you to arrive any time between 5pm and 8pm.



Activities include:

5.30 – 6pm
Make a biotech world
Discover what a career in environmental biotechnology could look like with a talk by Begbroke-based scientist Professor Ian Thompson. Find out how research and industry work together to develop new technologies to address key global problems such as the provision of sustainable energy and waste treatment, clean water and resource recycling.
Ian Thompson, Professor of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

Fuels from thin air
Meet some of the team behind OXCCU, a climate-tech spin out from the University of Oxford based at Begbroke and discover how they are developing breakthrough technology to convert carbon dioxide and hydrogen into sustainable aviation fuels.

Art + science
Be inspired by the Begbroke landscape, with the unveiling of a new, site specific, artwork that explores the research and innovation that takes place in and around the site.
The Rodina x STORE projects

Wildlife tracking
Investigate the science of animal tracking and handle equipment used in the field, plus find out how the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit monitors the ways different animals interact with their environment, each other, and humans, and how climate change is affecting wildlife.
WildCRU, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

Pandemic detectives
Unravel the puzzle of a new disease outbreak in this interactive, immersive experience. You will become one of the ‘Pandemic Detectives’, working with other scientists to identify clues and analyse real data to solve the mysterious cause of a new outbreak before it turns into a new pandemic.
Pandemic Sciences Institute, University of Oxford

Climate resilience
Help build local community climate resilience with Cherwell Collective and Waste Innovation Station Headquarters (WISH), based in Kidlington.
Share knowledge or learn how to reduce waste and your environmental impact and promote innovation to live more sustainably.
Cherwell Collective and WISH

Get kinetic 
Take part in a drop-in workshop with STORE projects and Unit Lab to explore how you can design and make tools for creating your own renewable energy sources. Make your very own object that will transform kinetic energy into a power source.
STORE Projects

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The Science Park is accessed from the A44 and free parking is available. Then please follow signs from the car park to the Begbroke Farmhouse.

Presented by Oxford University Development

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 25% of your donation at no cost to you.

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The Farmhouse, Begbroke Science Park, OX5 1PF