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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 is a one-day, free event that is part of the larger Southampton Science and Engineering Festival (SOTSEF) programme. The day sees the University will be opening both Highfield and Boldrewood campuses to the public to allow you 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... All lead by the University's research staff and students.

Our fifteenth event has now come to a close. Our next Science and Engineering Day will be happening on Saturday 10th March 2018.

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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Saturday 18th March 2017 marked the fifteenth anniversary of Science and Engineering Day; our free, one-day event at the University of Southampton, dedicated to discovering and exploring all the groundbreaking science and engineering research happening within the University. The 2017 event was the largest yet as we welcomed over 7000 people to our Boldrewood and Highfield campuses to participate in over 130 hands on demonstrations, shows, talks, and tours run by University research staff and students.

Of the 130 activities, we had 87 brand new activities such as the Science Soundwalk Experience, From Glowing Sea Anemones to Medical Research, Maths on the Move and the Planeterrella. We also welcomed several brand new zones: the Biodiversity Hub (in Valley Gardens), the Alumni Zone, and the Teachers Zone. And, if that wasn't enough, we also opened up more of the state-of-the-art research facilities at our Boldrewood campus for public exploration for the first time ever.

In addition to all the new activities, we welcomed back plenty of long-standing SOTSEF favourites like the highly competitive Annual Mars Bar Bridge Building Challenge, the Archaeology Village, and Minecraft Engineering. We once again had the R J Mitchell wind tunnel and the 138m Towing Tanks open with live demonstrations occurring throughout the day.

You can download the complete 2017 programme below:


SOTSEF 2017 Infographic
Download 2017's Programme Here

Science and Engineering Day has previously been awarded Best Engineering Event in 2009 and Best STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) Institution Event in 2014.

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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