TBC - 7th October 2023

Great Malvern, UK

12th Edition


2016 The Family Day & Show


Engaging all ages

Saturday 8th October 2016 (all day)

Malvern Theatres, WR14 3HB 

Be enlightened and inspired by the Family Show speakers Dr Emily Grossman & Dr Mark Lewney and then explore the hands-on exhibits. Staged in the Malvern Theatres for parents and children to enjoy. Come to find out about some of the latest new things like Drones, Raspberry Pis and 3D Printers...


The exhibition was free for all to attend.  The Family Show was ticketed via the Malvern Theatres Box Office


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World Space Week

Each year, the World Space Week Association (WSWA) selects a theme for a designated World Space Week (WSW) to provide a focus for relevant activities and events that take place throughout the world. This year WSW is 4-10 October with the theme 'Remote Sensing: Enabling Our Future'. We'll also feature some space-themed and sensor-themed activities and exhibits in the Festival programme.

@WorldSpaceWeek, @WSW_UK




Registration & Exhibition Opens

@festivalofinnov #InnovateMalvern #STEM #careers #entrepreneurship


The Family Show (Tickets)

Progress, in many dimensions

Part 1


Body Building in 3 Dimensions

Hear about recent advances in the fields of cloning and regenerative medicine - from Dolly the sheep to 3-D printed livers - and understand how stem cells are now being used to re-grow human body parts.  The talk introduces and explores the recent advances in the use of this amazing technology to repair damaged tissues and to grow whole organs, and asks if in the future we could even grow a new heart? A brain? Cure paralysis? Combat baldness? Reverse infertility? Could we one day even grow a whole human?!

Dr Emily Grossman is is an expert in molecular biology and genetics, with a Double First in Natural Sciences from Queens' College Cambridge and a PhD in cancer research. She also trained and worked as an actress, and now combines her skills as a science broadcaster, writer and educator. Emily is resident science expert on ITV's The Alan Titchmarsh Show, a member of the panel of experts for Sky1's celebrity panel-show Duck Quacks Don't Echo, a regular contributor to Discovery Channel's How Do They Do It? and a biology expert on Channel 4's Food Unwrapped. She has spoken at numerous festivals and events including The Hay Festival and Cheltenham Science Festival.




An opportunity to tour the free hands-on exhibition


The Family Show, part 2


Rock Guitar in 11 Dimensions

Ever wondered if an electric guitar could help explain Superstring Theory? Now is your chance to find out at this entertaining and mind-expanding talk delivered by acoustics expert Dr. Lewney. He'll explain the physics of vibrations with the help of props as diverse as an air-bazooka, a bullwhip and his custom Ibanez electric guitar through a Marshall amp, turned up loud, with live demonstrations of expert rock guitar playing throughout. You'll see how the vibrations of guitar strings might be applied to the sub-atomic particles we're all made of, but with a twist: the strings vibrate in extra dimensions!

Dr Mark Lewney, the Rock Doctor, was the winner of the first ever FameLab® competition. He has appeared on Radio 4’s Material World as a guitar expert, on BBC's Newsnight as a "physics evangelist", and on CBBC’s Xchange! as the “Rock Doctor”, being introduced as a cross between Einstein and Jimi Hendrix. He has also appeared in a BBC Money Programme special on patents and inventions, entitled Britain's Brilliant Ideas Boom, and on the ONE show. His 2009 Institute of Physics Tour was featured in the Guardian's music section.



Free hands-on exhibition continues.







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David Prosser Chartered Surveyor will be showcasing his UAV / drone surveying capability at the Festival highlighting the role a professional drone can play in viewing buildings and property from the air. [Stand B13]

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Institute of Physics is a leading scientific society; a charitable organisation with a worldwide membership of more than 50,000, working together to advance physics education, research and application. [Stand A4]

@IOPMidlands, PhysicsNews

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Institution of Engineering & Technology. For over 140 years the IET has been inspiring, informing and influencing the global engineering community; supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society. [Stand A2]


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Institution of Mechanical Engineers works with leading companies, universities, and think tanks to create and share knowledge, fresh thinking and authoritative guidance on all aspects of mechanical engineering. [Stand B4/B5]

@IMechE, @IMechE_Worcs


Make:Bromyard are a makerspace based in Bromyard in Herefordshire. A makerspace is a co-operative facility where people can come and make things. Whether those things are robots, cakes, computer programs, prototypes for products you’ve designed, science projects for school, dresses, sculptures or something else entirely is up to you and your imagination!. [Stand A7]


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Malvern Radar and Technology History Society (MRATHS) exists to preserve the heritage of the Government Research at Malvern which conducted research and development in support of the armed forces. With photographic archive material and physical artefacts on display at the Festival, the Society will highlight some of past breakthroughs in infra-red and radar technology credited to Malvern's boffins. [Stand B6-8]

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Steve Dawes, a regular contributor to the monthly family and adult Malvern Raspberry Jam Pi computer sessions at the Wyche Innovation Centre, will showcase some of his Raspberry Pi and Arduino projects. These include controlling LEDs to give stunning visual displays and an Internet of Things assisted-living device to help older or infirm people stay in touch without an intrusion of their privacy. [Stand A3]

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Yamazaki Mazak Corporation are leaders in the manufacture of advanced technology solutions including Multi-Tasking, 5-axis, milling, turning, CNC controls and automation systems. Their advanced machine tools are used to manufacture many of today's complex and critical engineering components. [Stand B9/B10]


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Robosynthesis have changed the way robots are created. Robots have until now been designed with single tasks in mind, where tools and sensors are permanently installed. The result is an inflexible robot requiring specialised technical support. Users can be left with higher than expected maintenance costs, low availability and a platform that cannot be modified as the requirement for new tools and sensors grows. Their alternative is a flexible, robust and cost effective modular robotic delivery platform. [Stand B3]


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The Route to the Hills project is a new partnership project which promotes Malvern's rich historic and cultural offer to people of all ages. From 2015 to 2018 it will be telling some of Malvern's unique stories through the installation of a new walking route which connects the town with the hills. An activity programme will also be delivered alongside the installation, with events planned for schools, children and adults. Find out more here! [Stand A8]

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Royal Society of Chemistry is the world's leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. The Society is the UK's professional body for chemical scientists; promoting, supporting and celebrating chemistry. Join us at the Festival to experience the power of chemistry with colour changes, gases and more. Chemists from throughout the Midlands will help you to explore the chemistry in your everyday life. Plus take part in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s global experiment Mission: Starlight to design a spacesuit for Tim Peake. [Stand B1]

@RoySocChem, @RSC_MidsEd, @ChemistryWorld

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STEM Ambassadors use their enthusiasm and commitment to encourage young people to enjoy STEM subjects. They open the doors to a world of opportunities and possibilities which come from pursuing STEM subjects and careers. STEM Ambassadors not only inspire young people, they also support teachers in the classroom by explaining current applications of STEM in industry or research. [Stand A10]

@STEMLearningUK (@STEMNET previously)

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UBRacing is is the University of Birmingham’s official Formula Student Team. They are an entirely student run project with the aim of designing, funding and building a single-seat racing car from scratch to compete in the Formula Student competition each year. The project is run as an extra-curricular activity and involves over 70 students each year from a range of degree subjects. [Static Display]


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The University of Worcester is researching the use of drones for a variety of applications including agriculture, business, security and mapping. Find out more about this research and the University's other actvities and see a range of drone technology on display. [Stand B13]

@worcester_uni, @uw_business

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Worcestershire Lit Fest & Fringe is Worcestershire's annual literature festival that aims to promote literature by connecting writers and readers with the involvement of strategic partners and the wider community in the county. They are developing and supporting a wide range of literary activities and events, encompassing different venues around the region. [Stand A9]


2016 Family Day Sponsors

2016 Festival Supporters