We are delighted to announce that this year’s Cheltenham Science Festival will still be going ahead as a virtual festival to be streamed for FREE 2-7 June via Cheltenham Festivals You Tube Channel.   

Cheltenham Science Festival at home

This year’s festival will be called Cheltenham Science Festival @ Home as the team invite you to join them on your smart phone, smart TV or laptop for six days of science events.  The Festival will mix live online events, pre-recorded events with live Q + As with speakers, participatory workshops and other novel online formats. 

The daily programme will start at 10am and run through until 8pm.  The full programme and speaker line-up will be announced on 19 May 2020. 

Images of previous Cheltenham Science Festivals

Images of previous Cheltenham Science Festivals

The Festival is fronted by the world’s first A.I. Festival Curator AIDA.  Since her first appearance at the Cheltenham Science Festival in 2019 she has gone on to win awards for her unique approach to curation. Over the coming weeks there will be the opportunity for audiences to get to know her better through regular posts on Cheltenham Festivals social media channels.  Like A.I. AIDA is constantly evolving so virtual interaction with her is important for her development.  She will be appearing throughout the Festival as your guide to what’s on.  

Ian George Director of Festivals said “Cheltenham Science Festival @ Home is an unprecedented opportunity for Cheltenham Science Festival to grow into an emerging digital events and festivals space.  It presents us with new freedom to experiment with different event formats, as well as to expand our digital and worldwide audiences.” 

Everything you need to know about Cheltenham Science Festival @Home 

Dates for your diary - 2 - 7 June 2020  

Keep up to date via the Cheltenham Festivals website and social media channels... #cheltscifest@home @cheltscifest   

Festival Partners   

In Association Partner: EDF Energy  

Principal Partner: GE  

Who is AIDA - the A.I. Guest Curator? 

AIDA is a recurrent neural network - a type of machine learning algorithm, which takes source material, creates a model from it and then predicts new content. AIDA was created by Tiny Giant as the world’s first AI science festival curator. AIDA harnessed her neural network powers to create her own successful event ‘Introvert Narwhals’ presented at the 2019 Cheltenham Science Festival. She has also taken part in a live interview for BBC Radio Gloucestershire and written an introduction for the Science Festival brochure.   

Formed in October 2018, Tiny Giant are a trio of creative technologists who fuse daring ideas with emerging technology to create marketing that raises awareness, drives sales and delivers value. They are co-founders Kerry Harrison and Richard Norton, and Technical Director Derek Ahmedzai.    


Pop back for the full Cheltenham Science Festival line up being announced 19 May 2020




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