New Scientist Live Event – 12-14 March 2022

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Are you curious about life, the universe and everything? Then this year’s New Scientist Live event should be right up your street! In 2022 New Scientist Live is going hybrid, featuring an in-person exhibition space at Manchester Central, but also enabling those unable to attend in person to enjoy the event from the comfort of their own homes. Visitors are promised a weekend filled with thought-provoking talks, ground-breaking discoveries, interactive experiences, workshops and performances.

The event runs across the weekend of 12 and 13 March from 10am to 5pm, with a schools-only event on Monday 14 March. Expert speakers will be on hand to discuss their transformative research on a range of different subjects and visitors will be able to enjoy the interactive exhibits in the festival space.

University of Salford on the show floor

We are pleased to confirm that the University of Salford is one of the exhibitors at Manchester Central across this weekend and will be hosting an exhibition with the theme ‘Local to Global’, where we will be showcasing STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics) research being undertaken at the University.

For the past five years, GameLab at the University has showcased the best in virtual reality experiences, science-led gaming and immersive environments, with the aim of inspiring a new generation to learn through innovation. We invite you to join us for our environment-themed GameLab exhibition, where visitors will be able to take part in fascinating VR experiences and hear talks about digital wellness in the face of the impending metaverse! Come and visit our stand (Stand 231 – Salford University – GameLab) to find out more!

What’s on at this year’s event?

  • More than 40 speakers presenting on topics ranging from ‘Why calories don’t count’ to ‘Muon physics: a new force of nature’, giving participants an opportunity to hear from some of the most distinguished scientists and entrepreneurs across the globe
  • The Engage Stage – a mixture of chats, Q&As and interactive elements which go behind the scenes of the festival and run throughout the weekend
  • More than 30 immersive exhibits on the show floor, enabling visitors to take part in creative workshops, discover the latest technologies and ask the questions they’ve always wanted answered
  • Schools’ day (Monday 14th March) for teachers and students to take part in a programme of talks and demonstrations around STEM subjects in order to bring science to life

To find out more about the New Scientist Live event this weekend and to purchase tickets to attend, please go to:  or visit our University of Salford SciComm space at