7th - 12th October 2019

Great Malvern, UK

8th Edition


The Family Day & Show


Engaging all ages

Saturday 12th October 2019 (all day)

Malvern Theatres, Great Malvern, WR14 3HB 

Be enlightened and inspired by our Family Show speakers. 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 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.



Biology Week 2019

Running from 5th-13th 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.



International Year of the Periodic Table

2019 has been designated by UNESCO as the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT), marking the 150th anniversary of the Mendeleev periodic table, which is an iconic image and a vital tool to all who learn and work in science, at all stages of their learning and careers.



WES Centenary

Women's Engineering Society (WES) is a charity and a professional network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development. In 2019 WES will be 100 years old: they will be celebrating the present, remembering the past and changing the future. 

@WES1919, @WESCentenary, #WES100


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 and workshops during the day.

@CyberSecMonth, #CyberSecMonth



Registration & Exhibition Opens

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


Family Show (tickets)

The small and the wobbly


Part 1

Invisible Worlds

Marty Jopson, the BBC One Show's resident scientist will take you on a journey from everyday life, down into the realm of microscopical wonders. The adventure begins with things you can almost see, but soon you will find yourself in a world totally invisible to the unaided eye.

Marty will start from the very beginnings of microscopy, through hugely magnified insects, bacteria and plants to the most up-to-date fluorescent techniques demonstrated live on the stage. A show not just full of stunning images, but interactive demonstrations and samples harvested from the audience. You have been warned! This show is supported by Zeiss, global leaders in the manufacture of microscopes.




An opportunity to tour the free hands-on exhibition



Part 2

Get ready for jelly

Scary Boots is your standard rock ‘n roll loving doctor of physics, building 3D printers to produce shapechanging jelly. She won the Institute of Physics Three Minute Wonder competition in 2018, and has presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Cheltenham Science Festival. By day she publishes her scientific work under the name of Kate Oliver, by night she performs comedy (so let's hope she has recovered).

Being able to make things out of soft materials that respond to what's going on around them could make friendlier technology, that's better for both humans and the environment, and less likely to break. During her PhD, Scary found a new way to programme shape-changing jelly to bend. But how big is the gap between an innovative discovery and changing the world? Join us to find out why you’d want to work with soft materials but also why it’s (ironically) hard to do so! (Photo credit Ian Bowkett).



Free hands-on exhibition continues





If you would like to exhibit and enthuse children and their families about science, technology and innovation in your business or organisation, please complete the online form.

We'll be listing more exhibitors here as they confirm.


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The BCS (British Computer Society) is the Chartered Institute for IT, an organisation committed to making IT good for society. The Institute fosters links between experts from industry, academia and business to promote new thinking, education and knowledge sharing. [Stand TBC]


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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 TBC]

@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 TBC]


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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 TBC]

@IMechE, @IMechE_Worcs 

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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 TBC]


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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 TBC]

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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 TBC]

@STEMLearningUK, @STEMWorcsUni, @STEMAmbassadors

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Dr Martin Khechara joins us from University of Wolverhampton Department of Biomedical Science and Physiology.  The Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton represents a commitment to on-going investment in STEM subjects.  In order to maintain their role in the economy, the regeneration of the Black Country and to meet national and global demand, the University is committed to growing its base in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). 


 Subject to change.

2019 Family Day Sponsors

2019 Festival Supporters