The Southampton Science and Engineering Festival (SOTSEF) is one of the annual flagship events of the Public Engagement with Research unit, with thousands of visitors joining researchers, staff and students at the University of Southampton for a week of scientific discovery and celebration.
The Southampton Science and Engineering Festival was first launched in 2002 and runs every year to coincide with British Science Week.
The festival's acronym, SOTSEF, stands for:
SOT - Southampton
S - Science (and)
E - Engineering
F - Festival
The week usually concludes with our award-winning Science and Engineering Day, a free family-friendly event taking place across Highfield Campus and Boldrewood Innovation Campus, packed with hundreds of interactive hands-on activities, workshops, live shows, art performances and laboratory tours from across all our Faculties.
Science and Engineering Day has previously received awards from the British Science Association for Best Engineering Event in 2009 and Best STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) Institution Event in 2014.
Over the last few years, we have opened participation to external exhibitors including local bookstores, schools, community groups, trusts and other research institutions.
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