Companies and organisations are being invited to join the Science Museum Group, UK Space Agency, and UK Research & Innovation to take part in Swindon’s first festival of Science and Technology.
The ‘Tomorrow’ festival is being brought together by Science Swindon, a collaboration between New Elements and STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway and will bring together the latest scientific discoveries and cutting-edge technologies in a two-day event at STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, in February 2020.
“As the home of UKRI, the space agency and the Science Museum, Swindon really can lay claim to title of the hub of science and innovation in the UK,” explained Rod Hebden, director of New Elements.
“We want to excite and inspire families and adults with the possibilities that science and technology can offer to tackle the challenges we face in the future.”
Set amongst the backdrop of Brunel’s engineering legacy in Swindon’s railway heritage, the event will explore the future of health and medicine, energy and environment, gaming and VR, space and astronomy, as well as the future of travel.
The public will enjoy spectacular science shows, big name speakers, panel debates with government and industry, and an interactive zone where they can meet real scientists and engineers and get hands-on with the latest innovations and researchers from a range of Universities in the region.
Cllr Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet member responsible for STEAM, said: “Science and technology affects every aspect of our lives. Ten years ago, there was no iPad, and today online shopping is approaching 20 per cent of all retail sales!
“The pace of change is startling, and Swindon employers are at the forefront of some of the most exciting opportunities. It is Swindon which is the centre of UK research and innovation helping to take on our greatest challenges, from climate change and vehicles of the future, to the future of medicine.
“I am proud the STEAM Museum is hosting this Science festival as it was once the home of engineering excellence and I would encourage all local businesses to get involved to show how Swindon is once again leading the way.
"STEM subjects, along with the arts, are hugely important to Swindon’s future and if you add them altogether it makes STEAM the perfect venue for this showcase.” Organisations need to get in touch soon to secure exhibitor space and sponsorship opportunities.