CSCT, WIRC & Milner head to Festival on Sat

Three of our research centres will be showcasing their work in the University's first community-facing 50th event at the Festival of Nature this weekend.

The Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, Water Innovation & Research Centre, and the Milner Centre for Evolution are all heading down to Royal Victoria park this Saturday to be part of the UK's largest free celebration of the natural world.

The Festival of Nature is a day of family-friendly fun, marking the grand finale of a wild adventure along the River Avon.

The festival in Bath is the climax of two weeks of river-themed events running along the Avon from Bristol to Bath. This is the first time in its 14-year history the Festival has celebrated the region's waterscapes which has been a great opportunity for the Water Innovation and Research Centre to get involved thanks to funding from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

  • The CSCT researchers, who will be stationed in the main marquee, will be using hands-on demonstrations to talk with visitors about climate change, water purification and making polymers from renewable sources. While other CSCT researchers will be performing stand-up comedy and creating amazing encounters through engineering busking, thanks to a grant from the Royal Academy of Engineers.
  • Milner researchers will be chatting with festival goers about evolution through board games and demonstrations as well as providing a chance to make fossils.

Festival-goers will also be able to view a selection of this year’s Images of Research entries. Those with a nature theme have been selected to be on display in the park.

Our researchers will join an array of other national and local organisations in the park offering a family-friendly day of hands-on activities, innovative arts and inspiring entertainment designed to showcase the natural world.

The Festival of Nature takes place in Royal Victoria Park 11 - 6pm, on Saturday 25 June.

For more details about the day and to see the full Festival programme including canoe safaris, bat walks and citizen science activities, go to

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