Welcome to the ATOM Festival of Science and Technology

Update (July 2021): Thanks to everyone who took part in the Abingdon #ATOM2021 Sci Cache Challenge! Find out what happened in our first hybrid virtual and physical ATOM event and discover how people showed their support of science, technology and Abingdon's place at the heart of science!


Read the latest ATOM update newsletter here and our latest press release here


New! This year the Abingdon Primary School Science Fair is going virtual thanks to GKN Automotive, The Faraday Institution and Curiosity Box. Discover more about the GKN Faraday Schools Project here.


Learn about the 13 schools in Abingdon taking part in the Schools Clean Air Monitoring Project in Abingdon (SCAMPA) and learn how your school can enter the SCAMPA Competition for Schools sponsored by the ATOM Festival of Science and Technology and the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford.

Get the latest updates and news of the 2021 Festival by signing up for the ATOM Newsletter.

Latest blog postAre we all Zoomed out?


The organisers of various festivals, having had to postpone their events last year, are trying to decide whether to cancel/postpone again - or run their events online. Kasia Lewis has been a member of the ATOM committee since 2014, and shares her thoughts - and how the brain copes with online interaction - ahead of a much-changed ATOM 2021. [read the blog here]

ATOM puts on diverse imaginative and family-friendly events to allow our community to discover world-class science and technology taking place right here, as well as learning about the companies, organisations and scientists who make it happen. ATOM helps build science capital, partnering with schools to engage young people, and encouraging everyone to develop a passion for science and its potential to change the world.


From debates, talks, workshops and comedy - from a Science Market in Abingdon's historic Market Square to the legendary big Family Science Fair. It's fun, free and brings together world-leading organisations and scientists to Abingdon for a day of science-led inspiration!


Hannah Fry at ATOM19

We couldn't do any of this without the many sponsors, supporters and volunteers that make our inspiring and inclusive programme come alive.


And we couldn't do anything without you. Science is definitely for you. So please - get inspired, spread the word - and plug into the power of science on your doorstep!


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A big thank you to our major sponsors. ATOM could not take place without their support:

ATOM takes place in Abingdon-on-Thames at the heart of British Science between Culham, Harwell and Oxford. We have a passion - and a mission - to make science available to everyone. Technology is more than an app on your phone, and science is much more than clever people in white lab coats. Everyone can get involved with science - and science is definitely for you!


Find out what happened at #ATOM19 by downloading a copy of our Annual Review.


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