Manchester Science Festival 2021 has revealed its full digital line-up, with a range of free events, panels, discussions and talks focusing on better understanding our on-going battle against climate change. Since 2007, the festival has been a key event in Manchester’s cultural calendar and one that recognises and celebrate’s the city’s industrial heritage. Usually hosted at the Science and Industry Museum, this year’s 10-day showcase will instead be available to view entirely online from Friday 12 until Sunday 21 February, with future socially-distanced family events, UK premieres and on-site activities due to be unveiled later this year.

Despite swapping their usual Deansgate hub for Zoom, the Manchester Science Festival team certainly haven’t held back from delivering a line-up that’s jam-packed with thought-provoking fun. 2021’s must-see events include a special appearance by musical icon Brian Eno who joins ClientEarth founder James Thornton to discuss how law can potentially impact the future of climate change. Meanwhile, Earth, But Not As We Know It gathers an expert panel including writer and broadcaster Gaia Vince, climate activist and scientist Professor Chris Rapley CBE, and the Manchester-born Zamzam Ibrahim, Vice President of European Students Union, to respond to pre-recorded provocations from Dr James Lovelock, the 101 year-old scientist behind the controversial Gaia hypothesis which suggests organic and non-organic parts of Earth evolved as a single living thing.

Elsewhere, Manchester born physicist, oceanographer and BBC broadcaster, Dr Helen Czerski shares thoughts on how we can all be better citizens of the world by going green, and Manchester Science Festival’s Young People Panel ensure the voices of tomorrow are heard in their Let’s Talk About Eco-Anxiety discussion. There’s even a free online exhibition to explore, as The Royal Photographic Society’s Science Photographer of the Year competition shares a gallery featuring images taken by professional and amateur photographers alike, each showing us how science is combating this urgent climate issue.

To explore the full Manchester Science Festival line-up and to book your free tickets to 2021’s many panels, discussions and events, visit the Science and Industry Museum website or follow the booking button below.

A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Fri 12 Feb - Sun 21 Feb, Online
Simon Bland
Published on:
Fri 29 Jan 2021