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New Scientist Live at the ExCeL London is on now!

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

New Scientist Live, the world’s most exciting festival of ideas and discovery, returns for its third annual event!

With headline speakers including Tim Peake, Henry Marsh, Sean Carroll, Jim Al Khalili and Hannah Fry, aiming to educate, inspire and excite the general public with the latest innovations.

Hosted at ExCeL London and run by the world’s favourite science weekly, New Scientist, the event promises new discoveries for anyone and everyone curious about science. Featuring more than 120 pioneering and inspirational speakers and exhibitors, enquiring minds of all ages will hear from some of the most distinguished philosophers, authors and entrepreneurs from around the world.

At New Scientist Live, you’ll be taken on a journey of discovery by world-acclaimed speakers showcasing on the main stage across the four-day event. Ever wondered how algorithms affect everyday life? Mathematician and broadcaster Hannah Fry will be on hand to share her expertise, while Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh will reveal confessions of life as a brain surgeon. More topics include:

  • A discussion about the pros and cons of sport and technology (Hosted by Clare Balding with Lawrence Dellagio, Hannah Cockcroft, Steve Haake and Jamie Hindhaugh)
  • A panel discussion about the war on plastic (Lucy Siegle & Jo Roxton)
  • How the history of gravity and the forces of nature impacts the universe (Jim Al Khalili)
  • The effects of brain development in teenagers and what this means (Sarah-Jayne Blakemore)
  • The many worlds of quantum mechanics (Sean Carroll)
  • Neanderthals and how human genomes affects our generation (David Reich)

Reigniting its theme of five immersive zones, guests visiting New Scientist Live will explore the Cosmos, Earth, Humans, Technology, and Engineering areas that will touch on a variety of topics that shape our culture, communities and ultimately our lives. To bring these to life, there will also be thought-provoking immersive experiences throughout the exhibition including:

  • Hug a bug, courtesy of the Royal Entomological Society Stand where you can get hands on with some incredible invertebrates
  • Go on the MDX Loco Motion, a VR rollercoaster ride for a truly gut-wrenching experience
  • Fancy being a forensic scientist for the day? Examine how different techniques are being used to help catch poachers to tackle wildlife crime with the aid of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, scientists from King’s Coleege London and the Metropolitan Police
  • Ever wondered what it’s like inside a brain? The Wyss Centre will present animated 3D videos showing visions of how neurotechnology can be used to help people in the future
  • Want to discover more about our ancestors? Join archaeologist James Dilley and his team from Ancient Craft in the Prehistory zone to learn more about our history and see prehistoric artefacts
  • Recycling has become an integral part of our lives. Learn how Plastic Oceanic creates jewellery and other products from unrecyclable ocean plastics

See, hear and touch the future at New Scientist Live – it’s science as you’ve never seen it before.

New Scientist Live: 20th–23rd September at the ExCeL London. For further information and to buy tickets, visit