TBC - 7th October 2023

Great Malvern, UK

12th Edition



Engaging all ages

Saturday 9th October 2021 (all day)

 Malvern Theatres, Great Malvern, WR14 3HB

Be enlightened and inspired by our Family Show speakers, before exploring 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 thinking and new things in the world of science and technology...


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


At this time...

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Biology Week 2021

Running from 2nd-10th October, Biology Week showcases the important and amazing world of the biosciences, getting everyone from children to professional biologists involved in fun and interesting life science activities.



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World Space Week

World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week will be held each year from October 4-10. We'll also feature some space-themed activities and exhibits in the Festival programme.

@WorldSpaceWeek, @WSW_UK



European Cyber Security Month

ECSM is the EU’s annual advocacy campaign that takes place in October and aims to raise awareness of cyber security threats, promote cyber security among citizens and provide up to date security information, through education and sharing of good practices. We'll be featuring some cyber security exhibitors during the day.

@CyberSecMonth, #CyberSecMonth



Family Show Programme



Registration & Exhibition opens

@festivalofinnov #InnovateMalvern #science #innovation #technology #STEM #careers



The Family Show

Take your seats




Part 1

A Talk on the Wild Side

Most of us have a favourite animal (or five), but many of our favourites; tigers, whales, pandas and pangolins, are endangered meaning there are not many of them left. Protecting animals in the wild is a big task, and one that biologists are working hard on using exciting new approaches, join us to hear about real world conservation strategies, see a 'Day in the life of a conservationist' working in Kenya's Masai Mara, and consider the question; Which animals should we save?

Lucy Eckersley

Lucy trained to become a wildlife biologist at the Royal Veterinary College and London Zoo, and stayed on at the RVC as a science presenter, working with young people and animals every day. Lucy has given talks about conservation to audiences around the country, including to over 1000 14 year olds (so nothing can scare her now!), and loves talking about how realistic conservation fits into the world we live in. She is also passionate about making sure everyone feels welcome into science, regardless of their background and personal experiences.





An opportunity to tour the free hands-on exhibition




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Part 2

Come to your senses!

Ever wondered why food tastes funny when you have a cold? Or what happens when you get dizzy? Buckle up for a whirlwind tour through the senses you're familiar with, and some you might never have heard of. Prepare to be amazed, confounded and confused in this demo-packed exploration of your brain as you find out how you to create, explore and interact with the world around you. You'll discover that your senses aren’t as simple as they seem…and even uncover some senses you never knew you had!

Alina Ivan

Alina is part of the Braintastic! science communicator team which helps children challenge their understanding of the mind in meaningful ways through activities, illusions and experiments. She also works in the Department of Psychological Medicine at King’s College London and for a mental health start-up called Augmentive. She obtained her MSc in Psychological Research Methods at the University of Exeter in 2017, where she also completed her BSc in Psychology. Alina has an interest in ways to use technology to improve mental health, bringing science of the brain and mental health to diverse audiences and the intersection between science and art.

@alinaiv93, @BraintasticSci



Free hands-on exhibition continues








We'll be adding more exhibitors as they confirm...


Discover Materials is an inter-University working group to help excite and inspire school students and teachers about Materials Science and Engineering. They will be looking at surfaces of materials such as leaves and their hydrophobic properties. [Stand B5]



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GE Aviation is a world-leading provider of jet engines, components and integrated systems for commercial and military aircraft. Whether they’re manufacturing components for their GE9X engines, driving innovation in fuel and noise reduction, or unlocking new opportunities to grow and deliver more productivity, the GE Aviation teams are dedicated to moving the aerospace industry forward. [Stand B1-2]



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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 B6-8]

@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 B9-10]



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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 B3-4]

@IMechE, @IMechE_Worcs 


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Steve Dawes, a STEM Ambassador and 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, 3D printed modules for Pi project development, and Internet of Things devices communicating with cloud data services. [Stand B13]


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