the Business Forum and
the Economic Partnership
in Brighton & Hove
Homepage    BCRP Intranet    Funding    Events    Knowledgebase    Links    About us     Contact us
Key projects



Workforce development 


Business &

Property &
Development sites




Consultation opportunities

Brighton & Hove Business Forum
8-11 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE
Tel: 01273 735442
Email: info@brighton

© Brighton & Hove
Business Forum

News - 21 July 2017

Sussex and Brighton Universities put forward a boundary-pushing programme for the British Science Festival 2017

The two institutions have filled the first 40 events as co-hosts of the festival, following an open call across both universities that saw more than 100 academics from across schools and faculties submit proposals

The Festival organisers will now fill the remaining 80 event slots with .

Leading academics will take an accessible and engaging look at the impact of human genome research on personal privacy, the myths and truths about food allergies and delve into the depths of mega tsunamis.

Those with an inquiring mind will learn how simple visualisation techniques are helping to solve complex questions, explore new ways to take a breath of fresh air and find out how digital networks are transforming creativity and the sharing of experiences.

British Science Festival

More adventurous Festival-goers will be able to take a bike tour around Brighton as they learn how science has shaped the development of cycling, use virtual reality to see into the past at Birling Gap and uncover the facts behind the fiction at a special viewing of Jurassic Park.

The University of Sussex will draw on its founding spirit of reaching beyond traditional subject boundaries, with eight of its 11 schools of study represented across 20 events, spanning science, social science and arts and humanities.

World-leading psychologists will entertain Festival-goers with the latest insights into our brains and behaviours, including how a strange phenomenon called synaesthesia could help the blind, the contagious behaviour of crowds, and why we are so bad at judging how much alcohol we are drinking.

The natural world, from bees to sustainable food, will be celebrated alongside pioneering new technologies, including devices that communicate using smell, next-generation wearables and one of the biggest devices in the world – the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

And, for those after something a bit different, music lovers can take on Orchestra Hero, a classical spin on the popular rock-band game, delve into the sociology of fun, or learn how to spot a liar.

Professor Andrew Lloyd, Dean of the College of Life, Health and Physical Sciences at the University of Brighton said: “This Festival is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Brighton and Hove to see first-hand some of the world-leading research taking place in the city’s two universities.

“The wonderfully diverse programme of events will entertain, engage and inform in equal measure and will help to further underline Brighton and Hove’s reputation as a city where great things happen.”

Professor Michael Davies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Sussex, said: “Brighton is a city that is always up for doing things differently, and we want this year’s British Science Festival to have that spirit.

“We want visitors to be surprised and delighted as we show them the extraordinary science being done on their doorstep.

“Some of the research we will be showcasing is not being done anywhere else in the world.”

The Festival returns to Brighton this year for the first time in more than three decades.

The annual event – held this year from 5-9 September - is one of Europe’s leading and longest-established science festivals and was last held in the city in 1983.

First held (as the inaugural and then annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science) in 1831, the Festival has been the stage for many iconic moments in history – such as the famous debate on Darwin’s then-controversial theory of evolution between Thomas Huxley and the Bishop of Oxford in 1860. It also saw the first use of the word ‘scientist’, in 1834.

Read related items on:
University of Brighton

Browse our business Knowledgebase or search by keyword


17 October 2017
Peter Blake raffle raises £2,290 for Middle Street School
17 October 2017
AMEX named major sponsor of city's bike share scheme 16 October 2017
Ropetackle Business Friends scheme 4 October 2017
BTN BikeShare: a successful first month 3 October 2017
PLATF9RM open at Hove Town Hall 28 September 2017
Green Light for Preston Barracks and Moulsecoomb Campus Regeneration 28 September 2017
Local success story Giggling Squid at the Brighton Summit 25 September 2017
Make Change Count 22 September 2017
Economist Guy Standing is talking at the Brighton Summit 20 September 2017
circus street welcomes first apprentice 20 September 2017
Peter Blake live raffle draw in aid of local school 20 September 2017
Rampion reaches major milestone as the final turbine is installed 20 September 2017
Virgin StartUp Meetup Brighton 14 September 2017
The future of the workplace 12 September 2017
NSAFS Certificate in Leadership and Management 7 September 2017
Greater Brighton chiefs welcome the British Science Festival to town 4 September 2017
The case for 'Putting it Right' Sessions. 31 August 2017
Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers - Understanding Airport Based Business Procurement 31 August 2017
BTN BikeShare goes live on September 1 31 August 2017
10,000 Small Businesses Open for Winter 2018 Cohort 31 August 2017
Business Rates Discretionary Rate Relief consultation 31 August 2017
Business Leaders Lunch with Beverly Sawyers 31 August 2017
Brighton Digital Festival announces 2017 programme 31 August 2017
Exporting products and services to Asia 30 August 2017
Sustainability in Action 30 August 2017
Free online leadership and management training for SME employers 30 August 2017
The LoveLocalTalent Conference has landed 30 August 2017
Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership announce European Social Fund (ESF) calls 30 August 2017
Port searches for local talent 16 August 2017
New workspace in Hove 15 August 2017
Old Brighton Met site to be converted to residential 8 August 2017
Circus Street development begins 7 August 2017
Free Dr Bikes for Businesses and Organisations in Brighton & Hove 4 August 2017
2017 Brighton and Hove Business Awards Shortlist Revealed 3 August 2017
Queens Road shop loses its off licence. 2 August 2017
£1.8 Million 'Start-Up Series' Equity Fund Opens New Investment Round 2 August 2017
Shoreham Port Revised Masterplan Out now 2 August 2017
Desperate shortage of office space