Manchester Science Festival returns with digital climate edition

Manchester Science Festival (MSF) which is produced by the Science and Industry Museum, is returning digitally this month.

The festival has been one of the most popular science festivals in the UK, and this one should be no exception, with a packed programme of online talks, exhibitions, debates and activities.

The 10 days of online scientific celebration from February 12 to 21 will focus on climate change and ideas for a better world ahead of the urgent challenges we will be faced with.

Sally MacDonald, Director of the Science and Industry Museum, said: “Although these are extremely tough times for everyone, we are taking the opportunity to create a digital offer that will continue to bring the joy of the museum directly into people’s homes.

“Our museum is home to ideas that change the world and continues to reflect and inspire innovators of the future and we’re working hard to find new ways of igniting curiosity while our doors remain closed.”

With Greater Manchester’s vision of becoming carbon neutral by 2038, the city is ready to influence progress with this programme encouraging communities, scientists and activists to advance their ideas.

This festival comes before the COP26, the 26th United Nations Convention on Climate Change, where world leaders and delegates will meet to develop an international response to our climate emergency.

Ella Wild, Head of Festivals and Events at the Science and Industry Museum, said: “As a defining issue of the 21st century, climate change demands our urgent attention.

“The museum is home to ideas that changed the world and it’s our mission to continue inspiring the future of science and technology to find solutions for today’s most urgent challenges.”

The program boasts the likes of renowned musician and climate campaigner, Brian Eno and Manchester born physicist, oceanographer and BBC broadcaster, Dr Helen Czersk along with many more esteemed guests.

Ella continued: “From 101-year-old Dr James Lovelock to our Young People Panel, we’re really excited to be delivering a festival that will be a platform for so many different voices in the conversation around climate change.”

Audiences will be able to tune into a livestream of the Royal Society’s ‘You and the planet: air’ along with other discussions, such as: ‘How can I be a good citizen of the world?’

Liz Pickering, Events Producer at the Science and Industry Museum, said: “It’s our job to keep igniting curiosity and revealing wonder for people at home.

“There are still loads of inspiring events to join in with, including unique opportunities to engage with those campaigning for a better world and discovering how you can make a difference.”

All events are free and are now available to book with more activities to be announced in the coming weeks.

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