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What is Palace of Science?

Palace of Science is an annual science festival held on the 12th March at Wylam Brewery in Exhibition Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The event is held during both British Science and Brain Awareness week and is a celebration of scientific research and outreach happening throughout the North East.

At the event, the central hall of Wylam Brewery is transformed into a show case of science, with various exhibitors setting up shop to demonstrate some of the wonders in their scientific field. In addition to the exhibitor stands, previous years have seen the hall filled with science buskers and art installations that communicate science through artist-scientist collaborations. Check out our gallery for images of some of the activities on offer at previous events. New for Palace of Science 2019 is “Scientist Corner”, where you can go to meet scientists who will be giving short talks about their research at various times during the event.

Of course, Palace of Science isn’t all about the science, it’s approximately 10% about the beer. During the event the bar will be open all night for you to sample some of Wylam’s fantastic beers (other alcohols are available, as are soft drinks). Food will also be available.

What are British Science and Brain Awareness week?

British Science Week, run by the British Science Association, is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages. It provides a platform to stimulate and support teachers, STEM professionals, science communicators and the general public to produce and participate in STEM events and activities. Anyone can organise an event or activity, and the British Science Association helps organisers plan by providing free activity and support resources. We welcome and support any type of organiser, from schools to community groups, from parents to large organisations. The resulting programme of events is a hugely varied and eclectic mix.

Brain Awareness Week is a global initiative created by the DANA foundation to increase public awareness about brain research. Each year brain scientists around the globe think of fun ways to engage people in the exciting world of brain science. The Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University is no exception and will be at the Palace of Science to tell you about their research. Whether you are interested in vision, hearing, movement, memory or anything else the brain does why not come and ask?

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