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Swansea Science Festival


28-29 October 2023


The Waterfront Museum



About the Activity

The Swansea Science Festival, the largest Festival of its kind in Wales, returned with the family friendly Festival on 28th and 29th October. It was live and in person at the National Waterfront Museum.

The weekend festival hosted over 30 exhibitions as well as various events each day. It provided a fantastic opportunity for people to explore a range of research work from Swansea University researchers including from members of the BEST Lab. Sahar Sattar, Megan McNamee, Michael Darcy, Yannis Polydoros, Beth Norman, Thomas Pritchard and Hari Arora represented the lab over the weekend showcasing the work of the whole group. On show were various tactile elements of phantom organs manufactured within the lab - with the realistic brain phantom receiving amusingly mixed reactions from visitors of all ages. Active displays included the recent works on idealised heart valve design evaluation. There were also many videos and animations from the synchrotron imaging and computational modelling research providing some immersive insights to various systems in the body.

For some of the team this was a new experience communicating to the public at such an event. It was non-stop with >1000 visitors producing fascinating questions and discussions with the Team. All the team thoroughly enjoyed their time at the event and were pleased that all the preparations and ideas for science communication worked out so well. We have had such positive feedback from visitors and we hope to return to share more of the latest work from the Team next year!

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