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Student and microscope at Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form

A unique partnership of local organisations, co-ordinated by The Forum

Norwich Science Festival is a celebration of the groundbreaking scientific research and discoveries associated with the city. The Festival is a partnership initiative involving many different organisations, co-ordinated by The Forum.


Norwich Research Park

From the soil to our health; Norwich Research Park’s vision is to change lives and rethink society through pioneering research and innovation, reframing the future of research and delivering regional growth.

Norwich Research Park is a thriving business and research community of around 30,000 talented people, including 17,000 students, 3,000 researchers and clinicians, and personnel at over 150 companies, and we are continuing to expand. One of the largest single-site concentrations of research in food, genomics and health in Europe, the Park has world-leading credentials. The Park brings together four independent internationally-renowned research institutes: John Innes Centre, Quadram Institute, Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory; with University of East Anglia (UEA) and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH), supported and funded by The John Innes Foundation and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Together Norwich Research Park creates a community of people, place and resources that stimulates ideas and delivers innovation to change.

Watch the Norwich Research Park vision video

Read the Norwich Research Park Yearbook


The University of East Anglia (UEA) is among the top 1% of universities globally (Times Higher Education World Rankings 2015-16) and placed 10th in the UK for the quality of its research output (Research Excellence Framework 2014). Also known for its outstanding student experience, it has achieved a Top 10 rating in the National Student Survey every year since the survey began. UEA is a leading member of the Norwich Research Park – one of Europe’s largest concentrations of researchers in the fields of environment, health and plant science.

John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology. Our mission is to generate knowledge of plants and microbes through innovative research, to train scientists for the future, to apply our knowledge of nature’s diversity to benefit agriculture, the environment, human health and wellbeing, and engage with policy makers and the public.

Earlham Institute

The Earlham Institute (EI) is a world-leading research institute focusing on the development of genomics and computational biology. EI is based within the Norwich Research Park and is a UK hub for innovative bioinformatics through research, analysis and interpretation of multiple, complex data sets.

Quadram Institute

The Quadram Institute is at the forefront of a new interface between food science, gut biology and health, bringing together food and gastroenterology researchers and clinicians, under one roof, in a unique environment where collaboration, innovation and synergy across disciplines are promoted to address global challenges in human health, food and disease.

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Every year Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) staff of more than 7,000 provide acute hospital care to more than 822,500 people from Norfolk, from neighbouring counties and from further afield. NNUH work closely with the University of East Anglia’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences to train health professionals and undertake clinical research. NNUH have world class facilities, highly skilled staff and are rated highly by patients for quality of care.

The Sainsbury Laboratory

The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) is a world-leading research centre focusing on making fundamental discoveries about plants and how they interact with microbes. TSL provides fundamental biological insights into plant-pathogen interactions and delivers novel, genomics-based, solutions which will significantly reduce losses from major diseases of food crops, especially in developing countries.

Institute of Physics

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is a leading scientific society. A charitable organisation with a worldwide membership of more than 50,000, working together to advance physics education, research and application. The Institute engages with policymakers and the general public to develop awareness and understanding of the value of physics and, through IOP Publishing, takes a lead in professional scientific communications.

Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has over 50,000 members worldwide and is the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists. The society supports and represents members, and invests heavily in educating future generations of scientists around the world. The RSC is a not-for-profit organisation with a heritage that spans 175 years, dedicated to advancing the chemical sciences.

Science & Technology Facilities Council

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) tackles some of the most significant challenges facing society such as meeting our future energy needs, monitoring and understanding climate change, and global security. STFC works with the academic and industrial communities to share its expertise in materials science, space and ground-based astronomy technologies, laser science, microelectronics, wafer scale manufacturing, particle and nuclear physics, alternative energy production, radio communications and radar.

Norfolk & Norwich Science Association

The Norfolk and Norwich Science Association (NNSA) – formerly The British Science Association Norwich Branch – is a local group that aims to make science a fundamental part of culture and society. We aim to support, grow and diversify the community of people interested and involved in science in Norfolk. NNSA is run entirely by volunteers from in and around the Norwich area and aims to enthuse and inspire children and adults alike through exciting and informative hands-on science events. 

Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form

Sir Isaac Newton is the UK’s first science and maths sixth form, focusing on educating the science, technology, engineering, and maths leaders of the future. Based in the heart of the Norwich in the former Bethel Street fire station. A lead partner in the Norfolk & Suffolk Maths Hub, Sir Isaac works with schools across East Anglia to bring the best in maths and science to as many people as possible.

Teacher Scientist Network

The Teacher Scientist Network (TSN) is a high-respected and well-established science education charity that has for 20 years taken a genuinely bottom-up approach to working with teachers, bringing contemporary science into the classroom and striving to enhance science education across Norfolk and North Suffolk.

Norfolk County Council

The Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library is one of the most popular public libraries in the UK and home to the Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norwich Business Library, Second Air Division Memorial Library and Children’s Library. Visitors can enjoy tens of thousands of books, music sets, computer games and DVDs plus free computer access, printing, photocopying and a programme of activities, events and groups for all ages throughout the year.

Norfolk Festival of Nature

The Norfolk Festival of Nature is an alliance of the region’s environmental, cultural and business communities, celebrating the central place of nature in all our lives. Our relationship with landscape and wildlife is embedded in the practice of both the sciences and the arts. The Norfolk Festival of Nature highlights this fundamental yet complex connection.

SAW Trust

The SAW Trust inspires artistic and scientific endeavour through creative use of science in the classroom. Children realise that science and the arts are interconnected, discovering new and exciting ways of looking at the world. SAW projects are accessible to all ages and abilities. They stimulate exploration, enquiry and creativity.

Norwich City Council

One Planet Norwich is organised by Norwich City Council and creates eco events and experiences for the city. The aim of the project is to encourage individuals, businesses, organisations and groups in Norwich to make small changes every day to reduce the amount they consume so our one planet can sustain us.

Norwich Cathedral

Norwich Cathedral is a Christian presence in the heart of Norfolk and the Diocese of Norwich. It began, over 900 years ago, as the Cathedral church of a Benedictine Monastery, built to inspire by its sheer size and magnificence. The Cathedral continues to fill today’s visitors with a sense of awe and wonder. Norwich Cathedral is also the focus of both city and county life. As well as playing host to special civic and legal services, it is also a venue for concerts, talks, exhibitions, degree ceremonies and other community events.

Youth STEMM Award

Youth STEMM Award (YSA) is an achievement-based award for students, designed to support and inspire the next generation of STEMM professionals. Participants log STEMM-related activities across four core strands on a personalised e-portfolio. Students can work towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold level Award, inspire the next generation, engage the public, develop skills and shape their future career in the STEMM sector. Events in Norwich Science Festival count towards YSA.

Norwich Arts Centre

Internationally recognised and at the heart of Norwich’s cultural community, Norwich Arts Centre is a contemporary arts venue that delivers a daily programme of live music, theatre, dance, live art, visual art, literature and comedy. It is a small, independently run venue with charitable status with a mission to support the development of artists and nurture emerging talent across a range of art forms; Norwich Arts Centre really is the best small venue in Britain.

Norwich Theatre Playhouse

Norwich Theatre Playhouse programmes a broad range of shows all year round, performed by top companies from all over the world. As well as being recognised as one of the very best comedy venues in East Anglia, they present international music stars, critically-acclaimed drama companies, fun-filled children’s events and shows that are just a bit… different. From firm musical favourites to fresh new writing, and from well-established stars to the pick of the newcomers, the Playhouse offers something for everyone.

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