Over 1000 people take part in the biggest Brookes Science Bazaar yet

Wednesday, 01 April 2015

Oxford Brookes Science Bazaar 2015

Every March, science spills into the county’s streets and spaces for a range of talks, events and activities as part of the Oxfordshire Science Festival.

Oxford Brookes, now a principal partner of the festival, opened its doors on Saturday 21 March for the annual Brookes Science Bazaar. The fun packed day was a resounding success, as shown in the video below.

The event attracted more than 1000 people, with families using the opportunity to meet Oxford Brookes researchers and find out more about their work.

Staff and students from all four of the University’s faculties had creatively put together more than 25 hands-on activities which were grouped into five themed zones.

The University’s young visitors quickly swarmed out to collect colourful stickers for every zone.

Families enjoying Brookes Science Bazaar 2015


The Happy and Healthy activities found fun ways to explore what babies really need, how good or bad people washed their hands and offered budding paramedics a training session in a simulator ambulance. 

The Building the Future zone entertained visitors with the ever popular Rocket Car Derby and tested their understanding of electric cars and trading stocks.

The event is a great opportunity to talk to people about our work, and to inspire the next generation of researchers

Lead organiser, Dr Anne Osterrieder

From Humours to Helixes celebrated the launch of our new Centre for Medical Humanities. Visitors learnt about the history of healing and walked away with gruesome boils applied by medical make-up artists. 

In the Mind your Head Zone, our researchers were on hand to discuss how our brains work, explore inclusion using Playmobil sets and encourage children to think about what makes us ‘us’. 

The Life Factory allowed visitors to become a plant scientist for the day, get messy fingers painting eggs and to learn more about the endangered slow loris. Families also loved competing against each other in our Big ScienceQuiz.  

The lead organiser, Dr Anne Osterrieder, commented: "It was a fantastic day for everyone involved, and the event received overwhelmingly positive feedback from visitors and volunteers. 

“We welcomed visitors from local communities, alumni who brought their kids along, families who have been coming to the Brookes Science Bazaar for years, and first time visitors. The event is a great opportunity to talk to people about our work, and to inspire the next generation of researchers.”

Further information is available on the Oxfordshire Science Festival website.