UK Science Festivals Network conference 2019

UK Science Festivals Network conference 2019
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Tue 19 November 2019
Tuesday 19 November 2019
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM


Thrilling, rewarding and exhausting: three words all science festival and event organisers can relate to. Despite the chaotic mixture of emotions we often feel, we're all in this because we have a passion for putting on exciting and engaging activities and events for our audiences. Whether it be fine-tuning the logistics, producing a high-quality programme or meeting inspiring people, everyone has favourite (and not so favourable) aspects of their role.  

The UK science festival ecosystem is diverse and constantly evolving, but we rarely take the time to celebrate what we have achieved or to look ahead to some of the challenges and opportunities for the sector. This is where the UK Science Festivals Network come in - we bring together science festivals and non-science festivals with scientific content to consider the highs, lows and future of festival organisation and management.  


Following the success of the last year's UKSFN Conference in Swansea, we’re re-lighting the fire for the third time. Based on feedback from our members, this year we will be convening in London. Join us again, or for the first time, to discuss best practice in diversifying audiences and speakers, workshop new approaches to programming and learn what else is happening beyond the UK, amongst other topics. Most importantly, there will be plenty of opportunities to network and socialise with other conference attendees - if only it serves to reassure you that you're not alone in this crazy little science engagement bubble!  

The conference will be held at Events @ No 6. Please arrive for registration from 9.30 for a 10.15 start. The day will end at 17.00. Delegates are also invited to a drinks reception from 17.00 onwards. 


Anyone who is interested or involved in organising science festivals, events or activities.  

Are you coming? Let people know on Twitter with the hashtag #UKSFN19 


The programme  

Through an exciting day of talks, panel discussions and breakout sessions we will be covering a range of topics from communities and funding to our shared vision for the science festival space. Stay tuned for the full programme, which will be available in the coming months. 

 If weren't able to attend last year's conference and aren't quite sure what to expect, check out our blog post reflecting on the day!

Preliminary timetable 

Please note this is subject to change.   

09.30 – Registration & coffee 

10.15 – Welcome

10.30 – Opening session (Details to follow)

11.30 – The power of targeted storytelling

12.00 – Lunch & networking 

13.00 – Breakout 1 (Details to follow)

14.00 – Breakout 2 (Details to follow)

15.00 – Tea & coffee break 

15.30 – Breakout 3 (Details to follow)

16.30 – Designing with communities at heart

17.00 – Drinks reception 

19.00 – Event ends 



Non-members: Tickets are £120 +VAT pp and include access to all sessions, refreshments, lunch and a drinks reception.  

UKSFN members: Tickets are £60 +VAT pp with a maximum of 2 discounted tickets per festival and include access to all sessions, refreshments, lunch and a drinks reception. Please see the FAQs for more information on Network membership.   

Ticket sales end 17 November at 23.59. 


If you would like to attend the conference but are unable to because of financial reasons, we may be able to help. To enquire, please contact us via Eventbrite with your reasons for requiring the fund and why attending the conference will be of benefit to you by Friday18 October. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis and you will be notified whether you have been successful shortly after this date. Please note, this is not a concessionary fund (i.e. discounts will not be made based on student/age status alone) and we have a limited amount of funding available, so may not be able to provide support to everyone who enquires. 


Although we would love to be able to cover travel and accommodation costs for delegates, the UKSFN is a non-profit group and therefore the conference is a non-profit event. All the money from ticket sales goes towards facilitating the conference, so please ensure you arrange your own travel and accommodation.   

The closest hotel is Premier Inn, London City Aldgate, 2 minutes from the conference venue. 


Are you interested in sponsoring the conference? Please get in touch with Hannah Lawrence for more information on sponsorship opportunities.   


Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?  

Yes. If you would like to transfer your ticket to someone else, please let us know in advance.  

My festival is a member of the UKSFN, how do I obtain a discount code?  

If you have not received your discount code, please contact us via Eventbrite stating the name of your festival and any relevant details.  

Who can join the UKSFN?  

Any UK science festival or festival with scientific programme strand can join the network for free, as long as the festival fits within the UKSFN joining criteria. Please visit our website for more information. Individuals not affiliated with a festival cannot join the network, but they are very welcome to attend the UKSFN conference.  

How does my festival join the UKSFN?  

If you are interested in joining the UKSFN on behalf of your festival please visit our website.  

What's the refund policy?  

Full refunds are available up to 30 days prior to the event. No refunds are available with less than 30days notice. Please contact us via Eventbrite.  

My question has not been answered above. How can I contact the organiser?  

Please contact us via Eventbrite. 


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