First reveal of Manchester Science Festival programme

Date Posted: 21/08/2014

Running from 23rd October to 2nd November in over 30 venues across greater Manchester, the festival includes the launch of two new exhibitions at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Both exhibitions blend science with art. 3D: printing the future examines how artists, designers, scientists and innovators are using new technology to turn ordinary computer data into physical objects.

Audio-visual installation The Denominator, inspired by the findings, writings and inventions of the famous scientist James Lovelock, explores the sounds of many different species of animals to reveal unimagined connections between their vocalisations.

Students can take part in an interactive science show at Jodrell Bank to learn more about stars, watch live demonstrations and experience a few loud bangs. 

At the University of Manchester’s Science Spectacular, budding scientists can learn how to make square bubbles; help build an erupting volcano, carry out hands-on experiments and take part in a range of challenging and fun science quests. 

Hands-on activities, interactive workshops and science paraphernalia are also on offer at the Science Extravaganza – an ideal an opportunity for visitors of all ages to take an active part in the world-class research that takes place at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

Full listings and details of how to book will be available from early September when the 2014 MSF programme is officially launched online via

Pictured: Science Spectacular at last year's festival.

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