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Great British Bioscience Festival inspires thousands of young 'scientists'

Copyright: Joel Knight
Highlights from: 20 years of bioscience

Last weekend, thousands of visitors flocked to the Great British Bioscience Festival to discover how bioscience fuels us, feeds us and keeps us healthy. Twenty interactive exhibits from across the UK fascinated and inspired visitors, as they had the chance to conduct their own experiments, play games and even walk through a giant colon.

Copyright: Joel Knight
Copyright: Joel Knight

Over its 3 day duration, more than 6,500 visitors attended the festival, held in Museum Gardens, Bethnal Green, and left feeling inspired.

The festival was the culmination of a year-long programme of activities marking BBSRC's 20th anniversary – providing a unique opportunity for BBSRC and its scientists to bring awe-inspiring bioscience research to the public.

A fantastic array of entertaining and engaging exhibits dazzled adults and children alike, as real-life scientists were on hand to discuss their research with the public. Amongst the exciting exhibits, visitors were able to witness the invisible electric world of bees, kill glowing bacteria and see new innovations like pain-free injections and replacement body parts.

The research groups, which have been touring cities from Belfast to Bristol, highlighted some of the best of BBSRC-funded, world-leading bioscience.

Copyright: Joel Knight
Copyright: Joel Knight

Professor Jackie Hunter, BBSRC Chief Executive said: "BBSRC works with some of the most exciting and potentially far-reaching areas of research in bioscience, and must communicate with the public to respond to their aspirations and hopes for the future. The festival provided a unique opportunity to engage with the Great British public in a fun and interactive way – creating a truly amazing event."

As part of BBSRC's 20th anniversary programme, members of the public were invited to get creative with bioscience through the Images with Impact and Knit-a-bug competitions. Beautiful and inspirational pictures and knitted bugs were on display at the festival, providing brilliant opportunities to showcase interesting perspectives on the range of world-leading bioscience BBSRC fund in the UK.

At the festival, shortlisted entries for Images with Impact Competition were on display as visitors voted for their favourite image. The winner of the competition, as decided by public vote, will be announced later this month.

During the Great British Bioscience Festival, visitors took to Twitter to showcase their support and enjoyment. Follow the conversation using the hashtag #GBbioscifest.




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Photographer: Joel Knight.

Great British Bioscience Festival inspires thousands of young 'scientists'

Notes to editors

A full list of the exhibits that appeared at the Great British Bioscience Festival are available at:

BBSRC partnered with London Science Festival 2014 to deliver the Great British Bioscience Festival.


BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Funded by Government, and with an annual budget of around £484M (2013-2014), we support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

For more information about BBSRC, our science and our impact see:
For more information about BBSRC strategically funded institutes see:

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