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Public Engagement with Research

Past Events

The Southampton Science and Engineering Festival was first launched in 2002. Since then, events have taken place every March across the University's campuses and the City of Southampton. Since May 2020 we also developed a digital presence online that allows us to engage with national and international audiences.  

For instance, watch our archive video from Science and Engineering Day 2012!


The 2019 Science and Engineering Festival ran between 8th - 17th March 2019. This year edition saw a week full of events across the city of Southampton and was concluded by Science and Engineering Day on Saturday 16th March. We had more that 5,000 people joining us on Science and Engineering Day, coming from as far as Manchester. More than 850 volunteers between students and staff across the University of Southampton made all this possible.

Wider Festival events included: 

Watch the following video to find out what SOTSEF is all about from senior leaders and researchers at the University of Southampton and hear about how it helped changing perspectives from festival attendees and our visitors too.     


The 2018 Science and Engineering Festival ran between 9th - 18th March 2018. Although Science and Engineering Day did not take place due to the sector wide industrial action over pensions, the week was full of events across Southampton:       


The 2017 Science and Engineering Day event was our largest to date 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 Planeterella. 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 these new activities, we welcomed back 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


Watch the following video, courtesy from That's Solent TV, to see what happened at Science and Engineering Day 2016. 

Watch also the following video, courtesy of Total Scoop.  

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