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Public Engagement with Research

Southampton Science and Engineering Festival (SOTSEF)

Over recent years Southampton Science and Engineering Festival (SOTSEF) has grown to become one of the most popular science festivals in the South of England.

SOTSEF is organised by the Public Engagement with Research unit and supported by the UK Science Festivals Network.

Our 2019 Science & Engineering (SOTSEF) events will run during the week commencing 8 March, culminating in Science and Engineering Day on Saturday 16 March 2019.

Check out what happened in 2018 on our SOTSEF website.


Touching Science
Public Lecture
Cancer Science Stand
Acoustic Levitation
Archeological village
Archeological village

Southampton Science and Engineering Day 2017 Summary

The 2017 Science and Engineering Day 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.



SOTSEF 2017 Infographics

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.

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