Cardiff Science Festival will take over Wales’ capital city with exciting science events, aiming to inspire and educate. 
We will be releasing our full list of events soon, so keep your eyes peeled! In the mean time, you can find updates about the festival by following us on Twitter and Facebook.

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February 2019

Wildlife Walks in Cardiff Bay

February 28 - March 3
Free

Sign Up Here! Discover the wildlife on your doorstep with our Wildlife Tours in Cardiff Bay! Join Cardiff university scientists for a one hour walk around the Cardiff Bay Wetlands, learn about the incredible wildlife and the research that happens in the bay! We'll supply you with binoculars and our wildlife expertise all you need to bring are some sensible walking shoes and maybe a raincoat or umbrella (It is Cardiff after all). Tours are suitable for all ages but…

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Techniquest – Molecules and Bright Sparks!

February 28 - March 3
Techniquest, Stuart St
Cardiff, CF10 5BW United Kingdom
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During the Cardiff Science Festival, Techniquest will be running some exciting extra activities to excite and educate everyone! The activities will be run throughout the day. Molecule Busking – Have a go at creating molecules using plastic elements as building blocks. ‘Bright Sparks’ Workshop Activities - Explore electricity through interactive, hands-on demonstrations, including the use of a Van de Graff generator. You can also be part of a human circuit to show how electricity flows. You'll then work in groups…

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Science Busking!

February 28 - March 3
Cardiff Queen Street, Queen Street
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Free

Throughout the Cardiff Science Festival, amazing science communicators will take to the streets of Cardiff to demonstrate amazing science, showcase cutting edge research and chat about science to passers by. As you wander down Queen Street during the festival, keep an eye out for one of our amazing science buskers!

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Biomedical science and pathology – Capitol Science!

February 28 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Capitol Shopping Centre, Queen St
Cardiff, CF10 2HQ United Kingdom
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As part of Cardiff Science Festival 2019, we are taking over one of the shop spaces in the Capitol Shopping Centre. The space will feature loads of amazing events throughout the festival that you check out. The biomedical science and pathology group in the NHS have some fantastic family-friendly activities, which they'll be demonstrating in our pop-up shop space in the Capitol Shopping centre. The activities include some giant microbes, a live test of how clean your hands are, the…

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Pharmabees

February 28 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
St Davids Shopping Centre, St Davids Shopping Centre
Cardiff, CF10 2EF United Kingdom
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As part of Cardiff Science Festival the school of Pharmacy of Cardiff University  will be manning a stand  on the 28thFeb  in the  Crossways of the St David’s shopping centre from 9.30am until 17.00hrs. Come along and find out about the universities award wining Pharmabees project and hear about the work we are doing to support pollinators in Cardiff and inspire the next generation of Welsh scientists. If you are feeling stress have a free blood pressure check  while you wait to hear about the bees. This…

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Tenovus Cancer Care: Science and Shopping

February 28 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Capitol Shopping Centre, Queen St
Cardiff, CF10 2HQ United Kingdom
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Come along to the Tenovus Cancer Care popup shop in the Capitol Shopping Centre, to find out more about the work that the charity supports. Researchers supported by Tenovus Cancer Care will spend the day in their pop-up shop in Capitol Shopping Centre on 28th Feb. You're free to pop in and find out more about the research they fund, watch the virtual reality lab tour and have a look in the shop. Rochelle Ahmed is based at Cardiff University.…

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Museum After Dark

February 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
National Museum Cardiff Cardiff, cf103np United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

Visit the Eventbrite page to book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gydar-hwyr-leonardo-after-dark-leonardo-tickets-55109385656 Have you ever wanted to explore the National Museum Cardiff at night? The Museum After Dark event opens up the museum and fills it with wondrous science themed activities and demonstrations. To mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death National Museum Cardiff will be displaying twelve of his greatest drawings as part of #Leonardo500 – a national celebration of this extraordinary artist. But Leonardo wasn’t just an artist – he was…

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March 2019

Medicine Discovery Institute – Capitol Science!

March 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Capitol Shopping Centre, Queen St
Cardiff, CF10 2HQ United Kingdom
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As part of Cardiff Science Festival 2019, we are taking over one of the shop spaces in the Capitol Shopping Centre. The space will feature loads of amazing events throughout the festival that you check out. Come along and see the amazing work that Medicine Discovery Institute of Cardiff University is doing, through some amazing and fun, family-friendly activities. You'll be able to build your own chemical structures out of building blocks, use the GI tract marble run to see…

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Lush Science

March 1 @ 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Lush, 59-61 Queen St
Crdiff, CF10 2AT United Kingdom
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The Lush shop is opening its doors to during Cardiff Science Festival to show everyone the science of cosmetics! From the science of bath bombs to learning about the impact of plastic on our oceans, Lush is hosting a full day of science events that will show you another example of science in your every day life. There's no need to book for any of the events below, just drop in on Friday 1st March in store. The History of…

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AstroCymru – Astronaut Training

March 1 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Capitol Shopping Centre, Queen St
Cardiff, CF10 2HQ United Kingdom
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Free

As part of Cardiff Science Festival 2019, we are taking over one of the shop spaces in the Capitol Shopping Centre. The space will feature loads of amazing events throughout the festival that you check out. Have you ever wanted to try your skills at being an Astronaut? Could you perform the challenging tasks undertaken by astronauts? Could you cope with the extreme and tricky conditions of living in space? AstroCymru will be running some amazing activities, allowing you to…

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A scientist, a cyclist and a patent attorney walks in to a bar…

March 1 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
AJs Coffee House, 20 City Road
Cardiff, CF24 3DL United Kingdom
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Free

Intellectual Property is everywhere. What is copyright? Do I have a trade mark? Can I protect my million-pound idea? Come listen to a whistle-top tour of IP and what science, cycling and the law have in common. you can book tickets for this event on Eventbrite.

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Moon Struck! Pub Quiz

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
AJs Coffee House, 20 City Road
Cardiff, CF24 3DL United Kingdom
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You can register for the event on Eventbrite. Looking for a night that's out of this world? Reckon you know your Buzz Aldrin from your Buzz Lightyear and your Albert Einstein from your Alfie Moon? Join physics quizmaster and thwarted astral traveller Siân Hickson for five rounds of lunar-based trivia from moon landing history to moon-inspired tunes. With fabulous prizes at stake, this is a mission not to be missed. Teams can be registered in a maximum of six, or…

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Repair Cafe Wales – Capitol Science!

March 2 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Capitol Shopping Centre, Queen St
Cardiff, CF10 2HQ United Kingdom
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As part of Cardiff Science Festival 2019, we are taking over one of the shop spaces in the Capitol Shopping Centre. The space will feature loads of amazing events throughout the festival that you check out. Repair Cafe Wales is coming to the Capitol Science! space, to show you how you can repair those broken electronics, clothes and other items in your house, to reduce waste. A team of volunteers will be on hand to repair some items that are…

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Touch The Stars

March 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Central Library Hub, The Hayes
Cardiff, CF10 1FL United Kingdom
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Astronomy and space is a very visual science - we've all seen the incredible images of the Universe taken by telescopes like Hubble. But, how do people with limited sight discover the wonders of the night sky? Join us for this drop event where Dr Matthew Allen will bring along some incredible activities that let you experience astronomy with senses other than your sight. You'll be able to feel what the night sky looks like, hold Mars in your hand…

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Will A Robot Take My Job?

March 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Arcade Vaults, 27-31 High Street Arcade
Cardiff, CF10 1BB United Kingdom
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Book tickets here Automation is everywhere. Most people by now will have used an ATM, scanned their own shopping in the supermarket or bought a train ticket from a machine. Some people in the US have even taken trips in self-driving cars or had their mail delivered by a drone. Widespread automation is moving forward at an alarming rate. There are trains which can analyse and fix track defects without human intervention and shops that feature talking robots to welcome…

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Stardust Hunters

March 2 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bute Park Education Centre, Bute Park
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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It is estimated that 100 tons of space dust falls on the Earth every day. The tiny particles, known as micrometeorites, fall to the ground, and mixed with Earth stones, dirt and debris, are vey hard to find unless you know what you're looking for... In this workshop, we will hunt for these particles using everyday household objects, and try and find some bits of space right here in Cardiff! Come join us at the Bute Park Education Centre for…

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Planetary Hooping

March 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Capitol Shopping Centre, Queen St
Cardiff, CF10 2HQ United Kingdom
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Come and join The Sparklettes for a hula hoop demonstration and workshop based around the theme 'SPACE'! The Sparklettes will put on a special performance to help illustrate the moons that orbits each of the planets in our Solar System. The Sparklettes have been hula hooping their way around the UK since 2015 and is run by professional hula hoop instructor Elliecoptor Pilott, and professional cabaret performer Ernie Sparkles.  They have a wonderful troupe of Sparklettes who perform and teach…

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Discovering DNA & Food From The Oceans – Capitol Science!

March 2 @ 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Capitol Shopping Centre, Queen St
Cardiff, CF10 2HQ United Kingdom
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As part of Cardiff Science Festival 2019, we are taking over one of the shop spaces in the Capitol Shopping Centre. The space will feature loads of amazing events throughout the festival that you check out. Come along to Capitol Science! to learn about and take part in two amazing projects - Discovering DNA: Wales Gene Park and Eat SMART. Eat Food from the Oceans! Discovering DNA: Wales Gene Park Wales Gene Park’s interactive stand will focus on Discovering DNA…

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Virtual Bee Hive

March 2 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Capitol Shopping Centre, Queen St
Cardiff, CF10 2HQ United Kingdom
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As part of Cardiff Science Festival 2019, we are taking over one of the shop spaces in the Capitol Shopping Centre. The space will feature loads of amazing events throughout the festival that you check out. What happens in a hive? What does a beekeeper do and how do they do it? Do honey bees really dance? Join Helen and Dhobby to answer all your burning questions about honey bees and beekeeping as well as a virtual tour of a beehive: no bees…

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A Plan to Save the World | LIVE PODCAST | Inside the Petri Dish

March 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Little Man Coffee, Bridge Street
Cardiff, CF10 2EE United Kingdom
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£6.00

With the world on the brink of destruction, Tay, Vicki and Alice are setting themselves a somewhat ambitious task, putting together a plan to save the world. Join them for a live podcast, as they bring in experts from conservation, sustainable fuels and plastics pollution. Grab a coffee and some cake, and settle down as they put together a strategy to halt the impending doom the planet could be facing. Advisory warning: Audience members must be 18+ Tickets are £6…

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Thunderbolts and Lightning: Are they really frightening?

March 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
AJs Coffee House, 20 City Road
Cardiff, CF24 3DL United Kingdom
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Paraphrasing that famous line from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Research Engineer and science broadcaster Rhys Phillips will look at the phenomenon of lightning. In a light hearted and informative talk, Rhys will explain the processes which lead to a lightning strike and the different types of lightning that can exist. He will then move on to show what happens to aircraft when they are hit by lightning and explain how we protect against damage from this. This talk will also give…

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Sull space

March 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Capitol Shopping Centre, Queen St
Cardiff, CF10 2HQ United Kingdom
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You can get tickets for the event on Eventbrite. Sull space will be presenting live performance and interactive artworks that explore the science of sound and vision. Saturday 2nd March 6-7:30pm Capitol Centre (next to Flamingos) Elementary by Richard McReynolds Elementary is an electro-acoustic composition that is performed using physical gesture capture devices, such as an Xbox. Inspired by the work of Ryoji Ikeda, the work explores the use of basic particles of material. Microsounds (sounds lasting less than 10milliseconds),…

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Science Board Games!

March 3 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Firestorm Games, 15 Trade St
Cardiff, CF10 5DT United Kingdom
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You can register for the event on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/science-board-games-tickets-55510503410 There's Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) behind most great Board Games. Pandemic, Terraforming Mars, Jenga, Exoplanets and many more games all have STEM at their core. Cardiff Science Festival has teamed up with Firestorm Games to show off these amazing STEM themed games and let you have a go at playing them. Local scientists and researchers will be on hand to talk and answer questions about the science behind the games, as well…

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HealthWise Wales

March 3 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Capitol Shopping Centre, Queen St
Cardiff, CF10 2HQ United Kingdom
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HealthWise Wales is your unique opportunity to be part of shaping the health and wellbeing of future generations in Wales, and help the NHS in Wales to plan for the future. HealthWise will be organising interactive workshops and engagement activities at the CardiffScienceFestival space in Capitol Shopping Centre this Sunday. Join HealthWise Wales in this unique opportunity to shape future of NHS in Wales

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Our Plastic Pollution Problem: Solutions from our Natural World

March 3 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Big Moose Coffee, 4-5 Frederick Street
Cardiff, CF10 2DB United Kingdom
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Event by Nia Jones (@_niahjones) Tickets are available on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/our-plastic-pollution-problem-solutions-from-our-natural-world-tickets-55433193173 The plastic pollution crisis is well known by now with many of us trying our best to reduce our impact and keep our oceans blue. Come and learn about the amazing ways in which our natural world is providing solutions to this problem. We’ll look to our skies, our beaches and our forests to learn about how to solve this crisis before it’s too late! Come along to this interactive…

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Stories Of Science

March 3 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Little Man Coffee, Bridge Street
Cardiff, CF10 2EE United Kingdom
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Please note: This is an adult only event. Storytelling is one of the oldest and most powerful means of human communication. Stories fuel our imagination and inspire our curiosity. Storyteller Christine Watkins joins forces with physicists from Cardiff University to share with us some of science's stories. A free storytelling event for adults in Little Man Coffee Company. You can book tickets for the event on Eventbrite.

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Life on Mars

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
AJs Coffee House, 20 City Road
Cardiff, CF24 3DL United Kingdom
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Join science presenter Neil Monteiro to build a new life on Mars in this pub quiz, board game and sci-fi mashup! Divide up resources, develop structures and prepare to live on the edge whilst dealing with on-screen random events. You'll need to bring your best space and sci-fi brains for the knowledge and dexterity challenges. Come prepared with a team of four to eight people or simply bring a willingness to join in and submit your name to the team…

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