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Southampton Science and Engineering Festival (SOTSEF)

2019 Science and Engineering Festival: exhibitor registration open

The Southampton Science & Engineering Festival (SOTSEF) and Science & Engineering Day is back for 2019 with more exciting hands-on activities, shows, demonstrations, talks and tours!

Timed to coincide with British Science Week, SOTSEF will run from 8th March 2019, with Science and Engineering Day taking place on Saturday 16th March 2019. 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.

 How to register to take part in the Southampton Science & Engineering Festival (SOTSEF)

Staff and Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) are now invited to register to take part. It is the largest event of its kind on the South Coast and presents a unique University of Southampton opportunity to highlight our global reputation and to share our life-changing research with a friendly, interested and engaged audience.

Science & Engineering Day – 16th March 2019

If you are interested in running an interactive activity, workshop, talk, performance or tour on Science & Engineering Day please click here for the online submission form.  Please note that contributors with relevant ideas might also wish to contribute to the (new for 2019) evening programme on Science and Engineering Day, focused on “Climate Crisis”. At this stage, we do not need to know your exact requirements, just top level information that will help the team plan the activities and floorplans/ zones.

The deadline for completing this stage of the process is 20th December 2018.

You will find a list of relevant key dates on the online submission form and the application has four stages to complete, all with different deadlines, please make a note of these deadline dates.

The wider Southampton Science and Engineering Festival 8th – 17th March 2019

If you are interested in holding an event in the week preceding Science & Engineering Day as part of the wider festival then please email, also by the 20th December to discuss this further. These events will generally take place in the evening, could be on- or off-campus and will probably be better suited to a more-adult audience. Options might include a pub quiz, a film screening, a poetry reading or a stand-up comedy show. We are open to new ways of engaging the public with your research.

To ensure that SOTSEF is inclusive of everyone, we are working with the central Equality and Diversity team to conduct an equality impact assessment and this will be part of the application submission process.

As a science festival on the South Coast, PERu feel that SOTSEF’s plastic waste and its impact on the oceans is an important message to support so we are asking all exhibitors to think about single-use plastic (e.g. plastic bags, straws and bottles) in their activity and avoid it where possible.


Check out what happened in 2017 on our SOTSEF Infographics Guide







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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