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What is SOTSEF Goes Digital?

SOTSEF Goes Digital is the digital (online) edition of the Southampton Science and Engineering Festival. The Festival will run from Friday 5th to Sunday 14th March 2021.

Is SOTSEF suitable for all ages?

Yes, our programme includes a range of activities to entertain a variety of ages from young children to adults. You can check the 'suitable for' information for each activity to find out more on this.

How accessible is SOTSEF Goes Digital?

We do our very best to make Southampton Science and Engineering Festival accessible to everyone whether it is our recent digital version or face-to-face.

The website has tools to enhance contrast, by inverting colours, and increase/decrease font size.

All the activities have been coded for accessibility.

If you have further questions concerning accessibility, please email

How can I participate in Festival events?

All of our events are free and designed to reach international audiences from anywhere in the world.

To avoid missing an event you want to attend, you can save it on your calendar by clicking on its date and time – this will prompt the download of an .ics file compatible with most iCalendars.

Some events will have booking information attached to them. Booking or joining instructions are clearly set out within the description on our website – just click the 'Booking' link and follow the instructions.

With limited Internet access, can I get hold of any physical resources to go with the digital events/activities?

Yes! We have 1,000 SOTSEF Activity Packs containing a mix of self-contained offline activities and resources for making the most of the digital Festival – designed for those with limited internet access. Find out more on our Activity Pack page.

What are you offering specifically for teachers and learners this year?

All the Festival activities that support teaching and learning in STEM subjects – curated by our School-University Partnership Team – have been pulled together on this dedicated Teaching & Learning page.

Why do I have to book tickets for some of the events, even if they are free?

We ask everyone to book a free ticket for some live events, it helps the Festival team plan and ensure the best attendee experience.

If you register through Eventbrite you will receive an automatic confirmation email straight away, plus reminder emails 48 hours and, 30 minutes before the event starts.

We intend this to make sure you have all the key information in order to join the event on time. In some cases, a reminder email is sent few minutes after the event starts to make sure no one is left behind, in case previous emails have been displaced.

Is it OK if I book one ticket and then share my screen with others once I’ve joined an event (e.g. teacher sharing screen with class)?

Yes, this is absolutely fine, but we are keen to know how many people are doing this, so for bookable events on Eventbrite we have included a question about this in the order form. This will help us to review and make enhancements for next year.

How can I provide feedback for the SOTSEF live events?

We kindly ask everyone attending live events to complete a short anonymous survey at the end of each event. The purpose of this is to help with planning and ensuring the best possible visitors experience during the Festival and at our future events, and your help would be greatly appreciated.

What similar events can I join in with my family?

The UoS Festival team at the Public Engagement with Research unit, organises a number of family-friendly events across the year.

Our annual Human Worlds Festival is held every November and we now also contribute towards related special event across the year including; Black History Month (October), UK Disability Month (November-December) and LGBT+ History Month (February).

The UoS Festival team also has a dedicated YouTube channel with video resources and recordings of events from past Festivals.

You could also follow us @UoS_Engagement on Twitter, on Facebook, on Instagram and request to join our UoS Festival mailing list to find out more and stay up to date with the latest opportunities.

I have another question - how do I get in touch?

Please send an email to or use our dedicated contact form