Birmingham goes under the microscope next week as the British Science Festival sets up its laboratory in the second city, discussing everything from The Simpsons and Star Wars to fracking and flooding.

Running from 6th-11th September at the University of Birmingham, Library of Birmingham and Thinktank, the British Science Festival will feature free seminars such as Science of Star Wars (7th September) and Simon Singh: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets (9th September) and guest talks from Professor Alice Roberts, British Science Association president Sir Paul Nurse and David Willetts, UK Minister for Universities and Sciences.

If you’re looking for something to do with the younger, aspiring scientists, there are plenty of event family friendly events taking place across city during the festival including Gigantic Bubbles Outdoors, Walking on custard, The sky at day and Cuddly Science.

The festival is one of many events taking place as part of Birmingham Year of Science, a council initiative which aims to showcase the city’s successes in the fields of science, technology and learning.

British Science Festival runs from Saturday 6th – Thursday 11th September. For more information and to see a full programme visit

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