Salford Science Jam part of Manchester Science Festival

Tuesday 22 September 2015

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October (10:00 - 16:00) University of Salford, MediaCityUK campus Free entry, ideal for the whole family

The University of Salford at MediaCityUK mutates into a massive, open doors science experiment, bringing together demos, debates, art/science premieres and Oculus Rift virtual reality experiences. Come along for drawing with drones, play with musical robots, step back in digital history from analogue TV to 4k film, make a bacterial selfie, see a colour changing shrimp, take part in a Science Question Time, and much more!


Bringing little ones to the event? Why not download our competition flyer and bring this along to Salford Science Jam! The best idea will win tickets to the Museum of Science and Industry’s 4D Cinema and lunch in the museum cafe for a family of four.

Alienated Life

Since the nuclear disaster 30 years ago, Chernobyl has become a place where people cannot go, but the effects of radiation on the wildlife are unclear. Step inside this virtual reality experience to discover what scientist Dr Mike Wood and Professor Nick Beresford have found out about the animals that have made this no-go area their home and how they have adapted to the radioactive contamination that still exists in the area.

Kinetic Flux

This new commission has been devised by new media artist Paul Miller and glass artist Griet Beyaert and created in partnership with Electricity North West and the University of Salford.

Kinetic Flux explores human kinetic energy and how this can be harnessed for our future power needs. A network of glass sculptures hangs in the air, through which electric light energy pulses and flows gently, until the viewer steps closer and takes control: all movements are monitored by an infra-red camera, so that speed, distance and direction influence the current. As a result, visitors can witness the effects of their kinetic movements immediately, showing the relationship between human activity and energy output.

Royal Photographic Society - Images of Science

Showcasing an extraordinary variety of scientific photography, this exhibition explores worlds we can only imagine, or that are used as tools in everyday life in medicine, engineering and other related fields. These images will inform, question and inspire.

Your Colour Perception

Liz West creates vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. In Colour Perception, our studios will be transformed into a sensory, visceral experience by overloading it with artificial chromatic light in which to test the psychological, physical, emotional and spiritual responses visitors experience during their encounter.

Switched On

We live in a country in which we now officially spend more time consuming digital content than we do sleeping! But how is all of this digital content actually delivered to the smartphone in your hand or the smart TV in your living room? Our interactive displays and demonstrations will show you how and reveal a hidden world. You can also see how technology has evolved by experiencing a living room from 1995 and comparing it to the one we have today.


Manchester Science Festival produced by the Museum of Science and Industry allows you to play, create and experiment with your scientific side bringing together a unique blend of art, make-it workshops, performances and big experiences for all ages across Greater Manchester.

Events are taking place from Thursday 22 October – Sunday 1 November 2015.

Our main event, Salford Science Jam, takes place at our MediaCityUK campus on 24 and 25 October but we’ve got loads more going on throughout the festival. Some events are listed above, but visit the festival website to see the full details of activities including cinema screenings, drone expos, walking through Salford’s history and experiencing the quietest room in the world in our Anechoic Chamber.

Full details of all events taking place over the entire festival can be found at