POSTPONED

The University regrets to announce that it is postponing the remaining events in the Southampton Science and Engineering Festival (SOTSEF) including Science and Engineering Day originally scheduled for Saturday 14 March.

It is clear that a growing number of potential attendees are now actively considering not attending due to concerns over large gatherings. Such concerns are likely to increase still further over the coming days, and could have a major impact on the success and enjoyment of the Festival.

We are very sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment this causes. Weíll be in touch when suitable alternative date(s) have been finalised later in the year.



When is Science and Engineering Day in 2020?

Science and Engineering Day 2020 will be taking place on Saturday 14th March, from 10:30 to 16:30, at Highfield Campus and Boldrewood Innovation Campus.

Is Science & Engineering Day really suitable for all ages?

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

Is Science & Engineering Day accessible to people with special needs?

Yes, we are doing our best to make Science and Engineering Day accessible to everyone. Please visit our new Accessibility page to find out what resources and supports will be available at the Festival. To help you prepare your visit, all activities have now also been coded for accessibility.

A FREE Unilink bus shuttle will be available throughout the day to help you move between Festival sites and parking at Avenue Campus. If you need further advice about accessibility please get in touch a festival@soton.ac.uk

How do I get to the Festival?

Visit the Finding us page for directions and travel/parking information.

Follow the AA signs which will direct you to parking and Festival sites.

A FREE Unilink Shuttle Bus will be available throughout the day, running between the Festival sites and Avenue Campus parking.

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

If you are travelling to the Festival with a mini-bus, please park at Avenue Campus (visit our Finding us page for directions); you can move between Festival sites on our FREE Unilink Shuttle Bus. You will find childrenís wristbands at the Welcome Desk - you can enter your contact phone number on the band(s) in case anyone gets separated/lost. Please note that some activities are ticketed Ė you can book tickets for these in advance or pick up tickets on the day on a first-come-first-served basis (see below).

How can I find my way around the Festival?

You can use the website ahead of time to plan your day. There is lots going on Ė itís just about possible to see everything in one day but that would be ambitious, especially if you are with children or have limited mobility. It can help to make a list in advance of things you want to head for/prioritise. This year we are creating a downloadable map which you can use to create your own Science and Engineering Day Trail to make sure you donít miss out on activities.

All activity descriptions have a building number and an embedded Google map link to show where they are located on campus, and you can pick up a Festival Map with the programme from one of our Welcome Desks on arrival.

To help with overcrowding, we spread activities out across the two campuses, which are only 5-10 minutesí walk from each other. Our FREE Unilink Shuttle Bus will be looping between sites all day, so it's easy to get to activities on either site.

Why do I have to book tickets for Science & Engineering Day if its free?

We ask everyone to book a free ticket and check-in to one of our Welcome Desks during the day; this helps us with planning and ensuring the best visitor experience on the day and at future events.

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

A few of our most popular shows have ticketing - so we can manage numbers across the day for a great visitor experience. In those cases, we are releasing a proportion of tickets in advance (go to 'quick booking links') but we will keep the remaining tickets for release on the day.

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

Donít 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. You will not find tickets for any of the shows at the Welcome Desks.

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

A range of cafes and food outlets on and near campus will be open, plus there is a CoOp convenience store on Burgess Road next to Highfield campus. Campus outlets will be marked on the Festival Map, available from the Welcome Desks. Alternatively, there are places to picnic, if you prefer to bring your own food and drink.

What about other events in the Southampton Science and Engineering Festival?

Wider Festival events are running between 6th and 15th March across different venues in Southampton and at the University - take a look at the wider Festival Events and Timetable pages to see what's on this yearís programme. All events include Google map information for the event location to help you find your way.

Are there any similar events that I can take my family to?

We organise a number of family-friendly events across the year, including our annual Human Worlds Festival in November. Follow us on Twitter (@UoS_Engagement), on Facebook (@UoSEngagement), on Instagram (@uos_engagement) or request to join our Festival mailing list to find out more.

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

Send us an email - festival@soton.ac.uk or use our contact form.