British Science Festival baton is handed to ARU

Published: 13 September 2019 at 15:00

The Lord Ashcroft Building on Anglia Ruskin's Chelmsford campus

Preparations begin for UK’s largest science event to come to Chelmsford in 2020

Preparations to bring the UK’s largest science festival to Chelmsford are underway as the baton to host the 2020 British Science Festival was officially handed over to Anglia Ruskin University (ARU).

The official event took place at the University of Warwick, where the incredibly successful 2019 festival took place this week (10-13 September), at a dinner attended by representatives of ARU.

The 2020 event will come to Essex for the first time and dozens of events will take place across Chelmsford over the course of the week-long festival next September, with ARU as the lead institution.

Professor Roderick Watkins, Vice Chancellor of ARU, said:

“It was a pleasure to visit the University of Warwick, which has hosted a fantastic festival this year, in conjunction with the city of Coventry.
“It will be wonderful for the people of Chelmsford to have such a prestigious event on their doorstep in 2020 – and in turn we’re excited to be able to showcase our world-class facilities and cutting-edge research. 
“The hard work starts now, and we’re confident we will make the British Science Festival in Chelmsford a fantastic success.”

Ivvet Modinou, Director of the British Science Festival, said:

“I am delighted that the British Science Festival will be heading to Anglia Ruskin University in 2020. The University has built a fantastic reputation for its research and scientific excellence over recent years, and it’s incredibly exciting to know that we will be working with the world-class researchers and academics based there to produce the event.”

The British Science Festival is aimed at an adult audience with a broad but non-specialist interest in science, and usually includes around 100 events, all of which are specially curated by the British Science Association in collaboration with partners. 

World-leading academics from ARU and other institutions and organisations across the UK will present, discuss and debate cutting-edge science from across the scientific disciplines together with its impact on wider society, at a range of different events, talks and performances.