Cheltenham Science Festival announces unique hybrid line-up for 2021

With 64 live events and more than 50 free online events, the line-up for the four-day hybrid Cheltenham Science Festival 2021 has been unveiled – with some big stars from the science world, including professor Brian Cox.

Professor Brian Cox will be joining a diverse line-up at 2021's hybrid Cheltenham Science Festival.
Professor Brian Cox will be joining a diverse line-up at 2021's hybrid Cheltenham Science Festival.

The UK’s leading scientists, writers and activists are coming together for Cheltenham Science Festival, one of the first post-lockdown festivals of 2021.

The hybrid festival will be taking place online and in person from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 June 2021, with the diverse line-up including Professor Brian Cox, Hannah Fry, Dallas Campbell, Claudia Hammond, Adam Rutherford, Helen Czerski and many more, as well as the next generation of STEM professionals.

Guest Curators are Nobel prize-winning geneticist, Paul Nurse; author of Explaining Humans and autism advocate Camilla Pang; and campaigner and author Gina Martin who will explore the festival theme ‘Be The Change’ with a panel of young activists. AI guest curator?AIDA returns for a third year and will host the Festival’s digital stream, will be interviewing festival speakers and interacting on social media too.

As lockdown eases, audiences will be welcomed in person for 64 socially-distanced talks and workshops at Cheltenham Town Hall and the Apollo Free Stage in Imperial Gardens. Plus, events will be streamed to enjoy from home online, free of charge.

A schools and family programme of more than 50 events will also be available online to watch for free, with the popular Discover Zone also moving online.

Cheltenham Festival’s head of programming, Marieke Navin, said: ‘We’ve gathered an exceptional line-up of speakers across everything from the climate crisis to cocktails. In a year where science has taken centre stage, we hope Cheltenham Science Festival will spark conversations by taking the temperature of the biggest issues affecting our lives today, as well as entertain through spectacular live shows.’

Tickets for the socially distanced events go on general sale on Thursday 13 May 2021, visit to book and for more information.

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