ATOM Festival of Science
9 January 2018
The ATOM Festival of Science takes place in Abingdon-on-Thames March 10-18, 2018.
The festival, now in its fifth year, celebrates Abingdon as the centre of science in Oxford and the Science Vale, including the Harwell Campus and Culham Science Centre.
The festival delivers diverse, imaginative and family-friendly events to allow local people to discover world-class science and technology taking place on their doorstep, as well as learning about the companies, organisations and scientists who make it happen. The festival also partners with schools to engage with young people to inspire and encourage them to develop their scientific interests.
ATOM takes place within a passionate and engaged community, and is something everyone can become part of through:
- High profile speaker events in venues around Abingdon.
- Stands, demonstrations and public engagement on the Abingdon Marketplace with the Science Marketplace (Mar 10) and Technology Showcase (Mar 17)
- Workshops and shows for primary and secondary children
- Family Science Day at the Yang Technology Centre, Abingdon School
- And a variety of smaller, fun and quirky science-inspired events under the ATOM Fringe banner.
Talks and events are aimed at a general audience including families. Speakers this year include Marcus Du Sautoy and BBC Sky At Night’s Chris Lintott.
ATOM events take place in various locations around the town making it a true community event that benefits everyone, and generates buzz and enthusiasm for science far beyond the festival, all backed up with extensive social media engagement and other events which take place throughout the year.