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#cheltscifest 2017 - Call for Ideas

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Cheltenham Science Festival is a 6-day celebration of science with a programme of vibrant and thoughtful discussions, hot debates, mind-blowing performances, participative workshops and hands-on exhibitions.

The Festival is original and lively, and welcomes the audience to join scientists, engineers, comedians, writers, mathematicians and performers to explore science in new ways.

Each year we look for fresh new ideas to create a broad and stimulating programme. We are keen to trial new formats and inventive ways of talking about science, and to attract people who would not normally consider attending a Science Festival.

The themes for 2017 are Music and Sound, Mysteries of the Mind and Our Future World.

Whether you are a researcher in a lab looking for a place to talk about cutting edge research, a freelance science communicator with a fabulous science show, or an audience member with an idea that you think we should explore at the festival, we would love to hear from you.


If you would like your idea to be considered for the 2017 festival please submit by Monday 21st November 2016. Any ideas received after this point will be considered on an individual basis and may not be considered until planning starts for the 2018 festival.

Submit your idea

Please fill in the submission form giving as much information as possible. Because of the numbers of proposals that we receive, you may not receive a response, and if you have not been contacted by January 31st 2017 we will not be including your idea for 2017.

Any additional supporting information can be sent to science@cheltenhamfestivals.com

Submit your idea

Interested in becoming a festival partner or sponsor?

Cheltenham Science Festival is run by Cheltenham Festivals, a charity that produces distinctive cutting-edge programming; champions the best in up-and-coming talent; supports established names; commissions unique work; and works with local communities and young audiences to celebrate the importance of culture and to inspire new possibilities.

Cheltenham Festivals relies on funding through sponsorship, grants and income generated from ticket sales. If you are interested in becoming a festival partner or would like some information about partnership opportunities please contact sponsorship@cheltenhamfestivals.com