ATOM 2020 has been cancelled

Update March 13th: We regret to announce that we have taken the decision to postpone or cancel all ATOM2020 public events. Please read the dedicated status update page and statement here

ATOM Double Bill: Helen Czerski and Richard Wiseman


Headlining #ATOM2020 are two of our most celebrated communicators and popularisers of science in the UK.


Dr Helen Czerski is a physicist, oceanographer and presenter of the BBC series 'From Ice to Fire'.


Professor Richard Wiseman is a professor of science communication, magician, experimental psychologist
and bestselling science author.


Friday March 20th @ 7pm

The Amey Theatre, Abingdon School
Tickets £12 (adult) / £6 (child) / £20 & £30 (family) / free with Festival Pass

VIP Debate: What will YOU do to solve the Climate Emergency? 


After careful and considered discussions with our key partners and supporters, we have reluctantly - and jointly - taken the decision to postpone the ATOM Climate Debate and VIP Evening. More details here.


Wednesday March 18th - VIP Reception: 7.15pm, debate begins 8pm
The Yolande Patterson Hall, St Helen & St Katharine School


The ATOM Science Market


Free hands-on science in the open air! Come along to Abingdon's historic Market Place to meet real scientists offering have-a-go science activities for all the family for FREE!


Booking not necessary - just come along!


Saturday March 14th @ 10am - 3pm in Abingdon's Market Place

The BenGThomas Channel YouTube Workshop


Find out how to develop your own YouTube channel! Meet experienced science YouTubers who produce their own content - led by Ben G Thomas who has over 170,000 subscribers and approaching 30 million views.

Help to create content on the day, learn how to get subscribers to your channel, and take part in the creation of an exclusive episode for the Abingdon Museum's 100th Anniversary. Live discussions, tips and tricks - come along and be inspired to become the next global YouTube science sensation!


Saturday March 14th from 10.30am - Abingdon Museum

Hedgehog Highways - why connectivity is key


Hugh Warwick is spokesperson for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, and is on a mission to save the hedgehog. Discover more about these miraculous and beautiful creatures, and what you can do to help!


Saturday March 14th @ 12pm - The Guildhall, Abingdon
Tickets £5 (adult) / £2.50 (child) / free with Festival Pass

Through Two Doors At Once - CANCELLED


Sadly, due to travel restrictions from his research institution, Anil Ananthaswamy is now not able to travel to attend this (and other) events planned in the UK. This event has had to be cancelled. We apologise for any disappointment and inconvenience caused. More details here.


Saturday March 14th @ 2pm - The Guildhall, Abingdon

Science Showoff Comedy Cabaret


An evening of laughing, learning and libations as chaotic science comedy cabaret Science Showoff rolls into town. Join Dr Steve Cross and some of the UK's funniest science folk for standup comedy, stories and entertainment about life on the frontline of the war on not knowing enough science yet.

Science Showoff has graced the Edinburgh Fringe and British Science Festival, and now here it
is in Abingdon for the very first time.


Saturday March 14th @ 8pm (doors open 7.30pm) - The Kings Head and Bell

Tickets £9 / free with Festival Pass / 18+ only

Raphael: Painter of Perfection


An ATOM STEaM initiative with the Arts Society Abingdon


After a successful tie-up in 2019, ATOM once again joins forces with the Arts Society, Abingdon for an event that explores arts during a science festival. On the 400th anniversary of his death, Dr Paula Nuttall of the V&A looks at the art, achievement and legacy of Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino - otherwise known as Raphael


Wednesday March 18th @ 10.30am & 2pm - Trinity Church
Tickets £6 on door (or free with an ATOM Festival Pass)

Going South, Abingdon!


The ATOM Festival, in conjunction with Caldecott School and Thameside Primary School Abingdon - and with the generous support of the Antarctic Heritage Trust - are Going South, Abingdon! A day of adventure and exploration as pupils take part in a range of activities, culiminating in the the Antarctic Explorer's Market in the school playground for pupils to show families the outcomes of their activities.


Thursday March 19th - all day - Caldecott Primary School, Abingdon
(Part of ATOM's School's Programme - not a public event)

The ATOM Family Film Screening: 2040


In partnership with Abingdon's Abbey Cinema, this is a special screening of the acclaimed positive environmental documentary 2040.


Determined to prove a sustainable world is achievable, filmmaker Damon Gameau brings us this dramatised documentary that imagines a world in which the best of current technology turns around our planet’s fortunes.


Thursday March 19th @ 7pm - Abbey Cinema, Abingdon
Tickets £7.50 from Abbey Cinema website

Every Breath You Take: A user's guide to the atmosphere


We live with it, we breathe it - but how much do we *really* know about the the air we breathe?


Air quality specialist (and full-time breather) Dr Mark Broomfield appears at ATOM 2020 with an engaging (and surprising) presentation about the air that we all have to breathe, whether we like it or not.


Saturday March 21st @ 11am - The Amey Theatre
Tickets £5 (adult) / £2.50 (child) / free with Festival Pass

Why Small is Beautiful: nanotechnology and the next scientific revolution


Dr Annela Seddon explores nanoscience and nanotechnology – the science of objects on the billionth of a meter scale. Discover a hidden world of colour, giraffes and dancing particles and learn how we can see things not much bigger than an atom. Learn how some of the biggest problems facing the planet could be solved with some innovative, and tiny, solutions.


Saturday March 21st @ 12.30pm - The Amey Theatre
Tickets £5 (adult) / £2.50 (child) / free with Festival Pass

Lonesome George: the last giant tortoise of Abingdon Isle


Lonesome George is one of most famous reptiles that has ever lived, a giant Galapagos tortoise found in 1971 on the tiny island of Pinta (formerly known as Abingdon Isle after the Earl of Abingdon) in the Galapagos.


In this exciting and extraordinary talk, zoologist and author Henry Nicholls will transport his audience to the stunning Galapagos Islands, the best-preserved tropical archipelago left on earth, to reveal the grisly fate of George’s fellow tortoises, the surprising lengths that scientists went to to get George to reproduce and the heroic efforts of conservationists to restore populations of giant tortoises throughout the Galapagos.


Saturday March 21st @ 2.30pm - The Amey Theatre
Tickets £5 (adult) / £2.50 (child) / free with Festival Pass

Big Data in Big Science and Innovation


Dr Ralitsa Dragomirova from the Innovation Hub at Oxfordshire County Council - in conjunction with the UK Atomic Energy Authority - explores what big data actually is, and the challenges of using innovative technologies to handle the huge amounts of data that big science depends on. She'll be looking at how advances in technologies such as sensing, connectivity and artificial intelligence, and the emerging concept of 'smart cities', might provide a platform to solve the challenges of big data.


Saturday March 21st @ 4pm - The Amey Theatre
Tickets £5 (adult) / £2.50 (child) / free with Festival Pass

Family Science Fair

...followed by The Ministry of Sense: Hunting The Higgs at 3pm


Bring the whole family to floors of fun-filled, hands-on science activities at the Yang Science Centre at Abingdon School. It's one of the biggest hands-on science days in Oxfordshire and it is FREE!


Sunday March 22nd @ 11am - 3pm, Yang Science Centre
(followed by Hunting the Higgs at 3pm in The Amey Theatre)

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