In case you don’t know, Cambridge Science Festival runs for 2 weeks every March, and includes hundreds of public outreach/engagement events around the city. (The 2nd week coincides with the national British Science Week.)
The 2017 Science Festival runs from 13th - 26th March inclusive, the overall theme will be decided in August and event details can be submitted from early Spetember.   
Participating in the Science Festival would be a great opportunity to publicise the Biomakespace, and to address our goals around public engagement.
We need to start considering what events we want to run or participate in, as final copy for the printed programme is required by 7th November.
I have some ideas for possible events & activities, but I’m not a biologist  so I’m probably the worst person to give a talk or manage a demonstration. (Some thoughts are extrapolated from recent years, I have not specifically confirmed they will be the same this time.)
“Open Day” at Biomakespace, with tours & talks. The last day of the Science Festival (in 2017 this is Sunday 26th March) is mostly on the Biomedical Campus and includes an “Open Day” at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, with lots of talks, posters, hands-on demonstrations. Various other talks & tours of the CRUK, MRC, etc… on the Biomedical Campus.
(Tours will need some care in planning & advertising, e.g. to not disturb Ideaspace, and because our lab is not easily accessed by wheel chair & there is no wheel chair fire exit. Though probably the Clinical School will be using the level 2 entrance this year for their own activities so we may not need someone fulltime as a receptionist.)
“Hands-on” science at The Guildhall, on the first weekend of the festival (18th & 19th March). Families during the daytime, adults early Sat evening. Lots of opportunity to interact with the public, needs things that people can handle, operate themselves, or games around explaining science. Also needs quite a few volunteers to share the work.
A talk (e.g. “what is biohacking, and why we do it”, or some such) in the main evening and weekend afternoon series at the Mill Lane lecture rooms. I think the Festival block books these, and therefore there are no venue hire fees, though these slots are probably heavily competed for.
Specific suggestions for activities are very welcome! And we will need volunteers too!
- For Cam Science Festival dates etc start here http://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/get-involved
- More details in How the Festival Works (PDF)
- Programme as printed (PDF) for Cambridge Science Festival 2016
- I’m a software/electronics engineer, hoping we get extra space for a Biomakespace dry lab to do electrophysiology, build lab elerctronics, experiment with brain computer interfaces, etc…