A world of science is coming to Chelmsford

Published: 31 January 2019 at 10:18

The Lord Ashcroft Building on Anglia Ruskin's Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin University to host week-long Chelmsford Science Festival in March

A series of talks, events and activities to celebrate the scientific world is coming to Chelmsford in March as Anglia Ruskin University hosts the Chelmsford Science Festival.

The festival will take place from 11-15 March at Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus, with a range of free events exploring the science of medicine, engineering, psychology, sport as well as the city’s own scientific heritage.

It follows the announcement that the British Science Festival will be held in the city in 2020, with Anglia Ruskin University again chosen as the host.

The Chelmsford Science Festival features talks from several prominent Anglia Ruskin academics, providing enlightening takes on subjects ranging from 3D printing, to the truth about processed food.

In the field of social sciences, there will be events looking at the extremes of human nature, attraction and how we form relationships, and exploring postnatal depression among men.

And science doesn’t always have to be serious – the Chelmsford Science Festival features a quiz event on Friday, 15 March and there will even be a special session exploring the science of jokes.

Rachel Moss, Public Engagement Officer for Anglia Ruskin University, said:


“There is a packed and varied programme of events for this first ever Chelmsford Science Festival and it is always wonderful to open up our facilities to the local community.

“The world of science covers so much, and we’re sure that whatever your interests there will be something on that will appeal to you – so we advise that you book your free tickets now for a fascinating night out!”

In an event organised in partnership with the Essex Book Festival, award-winning presenter Robin Ince will give his comedian’s take on what makes us human, covering subjects from birth to death, creativity and social anxiety. This event, at 7pm on Wednesday, 13 March, must be booked through the Essex Book Festival website and tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £8 for concessions.

All other events at the festival are free, but tickets must be booked in advance. For a full list of events and to book tickets, please visit aru.ac.uk/communityevents or call 01245 684715.