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Summary

What is Science and Engineering Day?

Science and Engineering Day is the University of Southampton family-friendly day of discovery and exploration, packed with more than a hundred interactive activities, workshops, live shows, art performances and laboratory tours.

During the day, you can explore the University and some of its facilities, meet and interact with researchers, local community groups, public engagement professionals and artists!

The event is FREE but registration is required.

This spring, Science and Engineering Day will take place on Saturday 7th May, from 10:30 to 16:30, at the Highfield Campus (SO17 1BJ) and Boldrewood innovation Campus (SO16 7QF). The event is free to attend but registration online is required.

For the first time, Highfield Campus will host not only Science and Engineering Day but also an Offer Holder Visit Day on Saturday 7th May.

Please remember: all Science and Engineering Day signage will have a light blue background, while the Offer Holder Visit Day signage will have a bright pink one.

Our Festival team will wear a red t-shirt, Student Ambassadors purple / blue t-shirts and Festival exhibitors will wear white t-shirts. The Offer Holder team will wear bright pink t-shirts.


Why do I have to book tickets for Science and Engineering Day if it's free?

We ask everyone to book online a free general admission ticket, in advance, and to check-in to one of our Welcome Desks during the day.

This helps us with planning, sending you essential communications and ensuring the best visitor experience on the day and at future events.

PLEASE NOTE: to reduce waste to a minimum, we kindly ask everyone to avoid printing their tickets. Once at the Welcome Desk, please show on your mobile phone the QR code on the email confirmation you received from Eventbrite or just provide the name and surname of the contact you used for booking. You can also download the Eventbrite app onto your iPhone or Android device to show the QR code at the desk.


Is Science and Engineering Day really suitable for all ages?

Yes, we have activities that will entertain everyone from infants to adults. You can check the 'Age suitable for' information for each activity to check more closely about this.

Paper wristbands will be available at the Welcome Desk for toddlers, children and vulnerable adults. You can use those to enter your contact phone number on the band(s) in case anyone gets separated/lost during the day.

A list of facilities for babies and information on other useful resources available on the day can be found on our Accessibility page.


Is Science and Engineering Day accessible to people with needs?

Yes, we are doing our best to increase inclusivity and make Science and Engineering Day accessible to everyone, reason why this year we reached out Autism Hampshire, Deaf Action, Southampton Sight and Winchester Science Centre to start implementing changes.

Please visit our comprehensive Accessibility page to find out what resources and supports will be available on the day.


How can I find my way around Science and Engineering Day?

You can use the website ahead of time to plan your experience.

All activity descriptions will have shortly a building number and an embedded Google Maps link to show where they are located on campus.

On arrival, you can pick up a Science and Engineering Day official map with the programme of live events and the list of all activities from one of our Welcome Desks.

There is lots going on - it's just about possible to see everything in one day, but that would be ambitious, especially if you are with children or have additional needs. It can help to make a list in advance of things you want to head for or prioritise.

This year we are also creating customised trails and a sensory map to help you understanding what to expect on site. These are now available on our Accessibility page.


Do I have to pre-book for activities at Science and Engineering Day?

A few of our most popular shows have ticketing, so we can manage numbers across the day for a great visitor experience.

Activities and events that require booking are clearly labelled on the Timetable. If you have already booked a general admission ticket, we will message you through Eventbrite to let you know that tickets for the shows have been released.

For these shows, we release a proportion of tickets in advance on Eventbrite (check for the 'Book Your Ticket' button on the activity page), but we keep the remaining tickets for release on the day on a first-come-first-served basis.

PLEASE NOTE: tickets for timed events will not be accepted at the Welcome Desk when checking-in on the day. Please don't forget to book a free general admission ticket to the festival for the best experience.


I want to see a particular show, but all the tickets have gone.

Don't worry, additional tickets for all shows will be available on the day, but please be aware they are on a first-come-first-served basis.

On arrival, go directly to the venue where the show will take place (see location link on the activity description), where one of our Festival team will help you to book your tickets at the Ticket Desk.

PLEASE NOTE: You will not find tickets for any of the shows at the Welcome Desks.


How do I get to the Science and Engineering Day?

Visit the Find us page for directions, sustainable travel and parking information.

We will run once again our Travel Sustainably Competition with amazing prizes, so where possible, plan your journey to enter the prize draw when checking-in to one of our Welcome Desks.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be extremely limited parking available on Highfield Campus and Boldrewood Innovation Campus. If coming by car, we strongly recommend you to park your car in one of the car parks available in Southampton and then reach Highfield Campus and Boldrewood Innovation Campus by using a Unilink bus or Voi e-scooter.


Will I be able to purchase food and drinks while I'm at Science and Engineering Day?

A range of cafes and food outlets on and near campus will be open, plus there will be a few street vendors in Highfield and Boldrewood Innovation Campus.

Campus outlets will be marked on the Festival Map, available from the Welcome Desks upon registration. Alternatively, there are places to picnic, if you prefer to bring your own food and drink.


I am coming as part of a group - what do I need to know?

If you are travelling to Science and Engineering Day with a mini-bus, or if plan to have lunch together as a group, please get in touch by email at festival@soton.ac.uk or use our dedicated contact form to discuss potential spaces.

You will find children's wristbands at the Welcome Desk, as mentioned in the age suitability section above.

Please note that as mentioned in the section above, some activities are ticketed and you can book tickets online for these in advance or pick up tickets on the day, but on a first-come-first-served basis.


How can I provide feedback for Science and Engineering Day?

We kindly ask everyone attending Science and Engineering Day to complete a short anonymous survey we created in Microsoft Forms. This will be emailed to all ticket holders through Eventbrite a day after the event.

The purpose of this is to help with understanding how the day went, planning and ensuring the best possible visitor experience during future Festival events, and your help would be greatly appreciated.

For any other feedback, please email festival@soton.ac.uk or use our dedicated contact form.


What similar events can I join in with my family?

The UoS Festival team at the Public Engagement with Research unit organises several family-friendly events across the year.

Our annual Southampton Science and Engineering Festival (SOTSEF) is held every March, during British Science Week - in past years Science and Engineering Day concluded the festival in March. You can still explore content on demand from last March 2022 by visiting the festival website area.

We also organise the University's annual Southampton Arts and Humanities Festival, which is held every November, in parallel with Being Human festival. The programme usually includes Hands-on Humanities Day, a free family-friendly event usually taking place at Avenue Campus, with interactive hands-on activities, workshops, exhibits and talks.

For Southampton Arts and Humanities Festival we now also contribute towards related special events including Black History Month (October), UK Disability History 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 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 festival@soton.ac.uk or use our dedicated contact form.