Businesses prepare to showcase city with Science Festival

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 28 Jun 2018

TOP businesses are preparing to showcase Hull’s science and technology sector as the city prepares to host the British Science Festival. 

The four-day festival, hosted by the University of Hull and supported by Reckitt-Benckiser, will transform the region into a celebration of science in September.

The full programme of events for the festival has now been released, with venues and businesses across the city getting involved.

Dr David Richards, pro-vice chancellor at the University of Hull, said: “We’re really pleased that RB is joining us, along with Ørsted as principal partners, to help showcase science and technology in the region. 

“The festival programme is incredibly diverse and aims to simplify what can seem to be very  complex subjects, so the audience can appreciate the value to society of the science and engineering on show. 

“By applying scientific theory to familiar situations and environments the programme reflects the university’s goal of using first-class research to solve real world problems.”

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The British Science Festival will run from Tuesday, September 11, to Friday, September 14.

More than 100 events will be held across Hull, with other leading businesses including The Deep and Hull Truck Theatre all getting involved.

Reckitt-Benckiser has jumped on board as a supporter of the festival.

Well-known for brands including Durex, Dettol, Nurofen and Strepsils, RB has joined renewables company Ørsted as a partner of the festival.

Clare Walker, R&D category group director at RB, said: “RB has over 150 years’ heritage in Hull, where it leads science and innovation for some of its biggest brands.

“We’re delighted to be a Principal Partner in the British Science Festival. It’s a fantastic way for us to engage with the community, inspire people through science and raise awareness of the careers available at RB. 

“The partnership complements our existing outreach programmes with schools, colleges and universities.”

The festival programme features a diverse range of seminars and workshops.

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Former Hull MP and Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott will share his experience of the Kyoto Summit, which was a pivotal turning point in his relationship with science. 

Another event will look at what it would be like to step inside a black hole, with male suicide and modern-day slavery in the business world also on the agenda.

Ivvet Modinou, director of the British Science Festival, said: “We are really proud of this year’s programme. 

“It highlights local stories, explores issues of national relevance and celebrates the breadth and creativity of the cutting-edge research taking place across the UK. 

“We’re looking forward to engaging our festival goers with discussions, ideas and immersive experiences that surprise, delight, and challenge.”

The full programme of events is now online.  

All tickets are free, although space for some events is limited, so book tickets at

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