Announcing Cheltenham Science Festival @ Home line-up

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Cheltenham Science Festival @ Home will feature six days of free online events, live Q&As, family shows and interactive workshops from some of the top science names in the world. The Festival will be hosted by the world’s first AI Festival Curator, AIDA.

Highlights include:
• Famous physicists explain what we know about the cosmos: Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw in an exclusive live-only event (Tuesday 2 June 7pm); Brian Greene from the World Science Festival; Astronomer Royal Martin Rees; and Jim Al-Khalili.
Liz Bonnin, Helen Czerski, Mark Miodownik and experts from UK Research and Innovation join host Greg Foot to take part in a daily investigation into six UN Sustainable Development Goals. They will show how UK science is contributing towards global efforts to achieving the SDGs.
• Director of GCHQ Jeremy Fleming gives an exclusive insight into the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic to our national security.
Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Stefan Gates, Jamie Gallagher, Katie Steckles and Nate Adams present fun Family Shows.
• There are interactive workshops for all ages on making and drawing, including a vulva bunting workshop from the Vagina Museum (workshops have limited availability and must be booked in advance).
• Nine of the finest new science voices from across the country battle to represent the UK in FameLab – the world’s foremost science communication competition.
• Scientific bartenders Mark Miodownik and Andrea Sella explore the perfect cocktail daily at 5pm; there are unique online editions of funny, thought-provoking show I Am Echoborg and anarcho-nerd pub quiz UniverSilly Challenged; and a Festival Finale with Robin Ince and Josie Long’s Cheltenham Shambles.
• Mind and Body events include the benefits and risks of DNA testing; personalised diet plans based on genetics; the science of language; the brain; our desire for possessions; and canine companions. Suzi Gage investigates the science behind recreational drugs and the hugely popular Very Short Introduction series looks at Smell, Intelligence, and Superstition.
• There will be a Virtual Discover Zone with online activities from Festival partners including computer games design challenges from the University of Gloucestershire; codebreaking challenges from GCHQ; the future of medicines from the British Pharmacological Society; and a virtual tour of EDF’s nuclear power plant.

We have put together the next best thing to our amazing tented village in the heart of Cheltenham – six days of exciting free events for everyone to enjoy at home and for 30 days after the Festival ends. It’s been wonderful to have the support of so many speakers as we’ve found new ways to present events and expand our digital and worldwide audiences.

Head of Programming, Marieke Navin

“We are enormously grateful to all our partners for supporting us in developing the Festival at such a challenging time: our in association Partner: EDF Energy; Major Partners: DeepMind and UKRI; Festival Partners: ABPI, British Pharmacological Society, GCHQ, Intel, Mira Showers, Northrop Grumman, Rosalind Franklin Institute, The Summerfield Charitable Trust. University of Bristol, University of Gloucestershire and Waterstones; Media Partners Cotswold Life and SoGlos; and in-kind partner: Willans.”

Matt Sykes, Managing Director Generation at EDF said: “EDF is delighted to continue our partnership with Cheltenham Science Festival @ Home to embrace technology and continue in a virtual space. In these unprecedented times, we are passionate to maintain interest in STEM and a digital festival provides the opportunity to reach a wide audience from the comfort of their homes.”