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Science and Engineering Day

Totally inspiring. An incredibly enjoyable day - we arrived before opening and stayed until the very end.

Science and Engineering Day 2017 will be taking place on Saturday 18th March on both Highfield and Boldrewood campuses.

This one-day, free event is the spectacular finale of the Southampton Science and Engineering Festival (SOTSEF). The University will be opening both Highfield and Boldrewood campus to the public to come and explore science and engineering through a wide-range of hands on activities, shows/demonstrations, talks and tours of the University's state of the art research environments.

The event is organised by the University's Public Engagement with Research unit ( and supported by the UK Science Festivals Network (


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This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of Science and Engineering Day, a free, one-day event at the University of Southampton. The event explores the whole spectrum of science and engineering through over 100 hands on activities, shows, talks and tours which are mainly run by University of Southampton research staff. The event previously has been awarded Best Engineering Event in 2009 and Best STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) Institution Event in 2014.

Whilst the exact programme of activities and talks are still in the process of being confirmed, you can rest assured that we will have our usual mix of inspiring, educational events which will be suitable for all ages. At last year's event, seven of eight of the faculties at the University had activities at Science and Engineering day. This included new activities such as Minecraft Engineering and the Archaeology Village alongside long-time favourites The Mars Bridge Building Challenge and Erica the Rhino. Some of these activities will be coming back for the 2017 event along with a lot, lot more.

In addition to hands-on activities and talks, we will also be opening up some of the state-of-the-art research facilities at both campuses for public tours. Previous years we have opened the liked of the likes of the R J Mitchell wind tunnel and the 138m towing tanks and learn how these are used in research.

For a taster of what to expect from 2017, you can download our 2016 programme below. Or you can check out Roo's blog on her family's visit to the 2016 event.



Download 2016's Programme Here

Further information

For further information on Science and Engineering Day, and SOTSEF festival itself, you can find us online at our official website and on Facebook and Twitter.

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