Reading Science Week

rsw2017_logoReading Science Week (RSW) is our local celebration of British Science Week which runs every March. It’s the biggest event that we co-ordinate each year and the programme for the week is always packed with science activities and events aimed at all ages.

This year we have a diverse and exciting collection of events, hosted by ourselves and also in collaboration with partner societies and venues across Reading and Basingstoke! Scroll down for event details.

Follow all the action on social media: #BSW17 for national events and #RSW17 for our local celebration of science and discovery.

All events are FREE and open to all ages, unless otherwise stated.

Thursday 16th March is Demo Day

Teachers and technicians are invited to join schools from around the UK and run a demonstration on Demo Day. By pledging your involvement you’ll be added to the British Science Association’s interactive map.

For more info, including how to pledge, and ideas and advice on demonstrations, go to:

Poster competition

Get creative and enter the British Science Association’s annual poster competition, on the theme of change. Prizes include a copy of the new Roald Dahl’s ‘George’s Marvellous Experiments’ book!

Entries are welcome from schools, youth groups and other organisations, and can be as teams or individual. Age categories range from nursery/reception up to Year 9 and compete against other children from around the UK. Closing date for entries is Friday 21st April.

For more info, go to:

Join Penguin watch!

Penguin Watch aims to annotate thousands of images of penguins and their habitats to aid understanding and assist in their conservation. Your notations on the images will also aid in “training” a computer to automatically recognise penguin individuals.

During British Science Week, the target is to annotate a further 10,000 images!

For info on how to get involved, go to:

Sat 11th March 10am – 4pm – Sci Busking

Location: Broad Street (outside M&S), Reading

science week 2Science Busking


Explore all sorts of werid and wonderful science facts up close. Our Sci Busking team will be on hand to talk you through the amazing demonstrations and the science behind what you’ll see!

Sat 11th March 10am – 4pm – CSI Reading

Location: Wager Building, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading

Become a Crime Scene Investigator for the day using environmental science methods to see ‘whodunnit’ in this interactive event.

This event is aimed at children aged 13 to 18

Places are limited. Register your attendance at:

Events Team 0118 378 6718

Tues 14th March 8pm – How data can transform our daily lives

Location: The Walkabout, Reading

Reading Geek Night hosts two talks:

Innovation in the bus industry

Data Science and the Internet of Things

Tues 14th March 7pm – Fairbrother Lecture: When Healthy Foods Go Wrong: Food Poisoning and Fresh Produce

Location: Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading

In this year’s lecture, Ruth Barnes will discuss some of the current issues and challenges in ensuring safety within thet food chain. In partcular, Ruth will discuss her doctoral research into new methods for controlling food borne organisms. Ruth’s research aims to help reduce the amount of unwanted bacteria on fresh food, cutting the incidence of food poisoning which effects around a million people in the UK every year.

Places are limited. Register your attendance at:

Events Team 0118 378 6718

Wed 15th March 2 pm – Impact of Parkinson’s Disease

Location: Madejski Lecture Theatre, Agriculture Building, University of Reading

A range of talks as part of Brain Awareness Week

Contact to book your free place.

Wed 15th March, 7:30pm – Cafe Sci presents Exploring the Origins of the Universe with Giant Lasers

Location: Smokin Billy’s, 61 St Mary’s Butts, Reading

jena meineckeWhat is the origin of magnetic fields in our universe?  Dr Jena Meinecke, a Junior Research Fellow of the University of Oxford, and team are using high energy lasers to recreate scaled astrophysical conditions such as tiny supernovas and clusters of galaxies to understand the generation and evolution of magnetic fields in our universe.

Wed 15th March 7pm – The Great Debate: Are Autonomous Electric Cars the Future of Personal Transport?

Location: Palmer Building, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading

Four talks followed by a question and answer session.

Places are limited. Register your attendance at:

Events Team 0118 378 6718

Wed 15th March 9pm – Sci Quiz

Location: Smokin Billy’s, 61 St Mary’s Butts, Reading

A science-themed pub quiz!

Friday 17th March 8pm – Schrodinger’s Hat: The Improvised science comedy show!




Location: Smokin Billy’s, 61 St Mary’s Butts, Reading

See the Free Radicals as improvised comedy meets peer reviewed science. Anything could happen… and most probably will.

£4 in advance, £5 on the door.

Book your tickets here:

Friday 17th March 7pm – Local brewers and a pint of science

scibrewing17Location: The Barn, Viables Craft Centre, Basingstoke

Are you interested in finding out how your favourite beers are created and what gives them their distinctive flavours? Why not come along and find out what goes into the process of making your favourite beers from the master brewers in local breweries. We have master brewers talking about the ingredients and science that is required to provide a quality beer product.




Saturday 18th March, 11am – 12pm, Tour of Reading’s Wind Turbine

Location: Wind Turbine visitor centre, Green Park

A great opportunity to learn about the operation of a wind turbine with a presentation on what it does and how it does it. Complete with experiments for children and a question and answer session.

For details on the wind turbine and how to get to Green Park, visit:

Admission is free, but places are limited. Contact Ian Gough to register your attendance at:

AND… calling all schools and community groups: you can arrange your own private visit at a time and date of your choosing (both in Science Week and beyond). Call Ian Gough on Tel 07792 158530, email at, or visit