Kew Science Festival

This year’s Kew Science Festival will take place between 4th and 6th August and include appearances from scientists, plus tours and workshops. 

The festival will take place at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, Richmond. After a successful year in 2016, the event is back for three days of activities, workshops and tours that will inspire all ages and celebrate the discoveries and pioneering work of Kew scientists.

What can be expected at Kew Science Festival?

The festival will be housed within a marquee in front of Kew Palace.

Visitors to the event can expect to see a vast array of different activity stations run by Kew scientists themselves. 

From conserving the world’s seeds to identifying and saving exotic and endangered plants, visitors will be able to delve into ground-breaking science work and take a look behind the scenes at some of the work that takes place at Kew.

There will also be hands-on experiments to get involved in including extracting DNA from vegetables, analysing plant genomes and dissecting plants to find out how they work.

There is also the chance to get to grips with scientific equipment such as microscopes and visitors will get to take a look at ‘microscopic gardens’ by looking at close-up views of plants and their structures.

The festival will also bring to life the kingdom of fungi and its relationships with other plants and the world around us.

More about Kew Science Festival

Kew is a global leader in plant and fungal science, with more than 200 scientists and work spanning across 110 countries.

Wakehurst, Kew’s botanic garden in Sussex, will also be hosting its own Science Festival on 22nd and 23rd July.

Professor Kathy Willis, director of science, said: “The Science Festival is our chance to lift the lid on some of Kew’s extraordinary science in a fun and interactive way.”

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