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Science IRL: New Scientist Live

The four-day Festival of Ideas from the New Scientist returns to London for 2017

Posted by Charley Rogers | August 10, 2017 | Events

New Scientist Live, the festival of ideas and discovery, returns from 28th September – 1st October with headline speakers including Tim Peake, Heston Blumenthal, Chris Packham, and Margaret Atwood bringing the latest ideas and innovations from science down to Earth.

The festival, held by the world’s most loved science weekly and set at London’s ExCeL, will feature more than 120 inspirational, innovative, and informative talks that touch on all areas of human life. Answering some of life’s greatest questions, curious festival-goers of all ages will hear from a range of world-renowned guests, including authors, comedians, and business brains.

The Festival of Ideas will feature five immersive zones: Cosmos, Earth, Humans, Technology, and Engineering. Showcasing how science, technology and engineering drive our economy, shape our culture and improve our lives, key features include:

  • Feel the force of Star Wars and discover droids with the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Sequence and take home your own DNA with Bento Lab
  • Pet a scorpion in the Bug Petting Zoo
  • Challenge a friend to a round of Drone Combat
  • Explore the galaxy in the pop-up planetarium
  • Experience gut-wrenching theme park rides through VR
  • Take home a unique 3D selfie
  • Bloodhound Project’s 1000mph car 

Don’t miss inspiring talks on stage from eminent speakers including Google Deepmind’s Demis Hassabis, and beatbox champion Hobbit, to take you on a journey of discovery. Topics include: 

  • What happened at the Big Bang?
  • How can we use machine learning to understand human intelligence?
  • How can maggots and genetics be used to solve crimes?
  • Extreme language: how did humans evolve complex spoken language?
  • How can we use maths to create original music?
  • Can geoengineering solve climate change?
  • Could the Red Planet become a travel destination?

See, hear and touch the future at New Scientist Live; it’s science as you’ve never seen it before.

For further information and to buy tickets, please visit

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