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Saturday, 12 June 2021 - 9:30am

ATOM Festival of Science and Technology


Update: We're excited to tell you that the ATOM Festival of Science and Technology will return on 11th and 12th June 2021

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Where did the name come from? Professor Frank Close - one of the founders of the ATOM Festival (picture above) explains the surprising history behind an almost acronym...

[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.

This year the Science Market in Abingdon's historic Market Square and the legendary big Family Science Fair will NOT be there to attract crowds. We hope you understand. There will be science-led inspiration in locations thoughout the town which you can do as individuals and small, socially distant and careful groups. 

See all the festival weekend social media in June and look for geocache, walking, running and other activities. A small stand on Market Place will answer questions particularly from participants who don't have much access to tech. A smart phone will prove useful to recognise QR codes.


Hannah Fry at ATOM19

The ATOM event is independent, volunteer-run with some amazing ideas. 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. 

GKN Automotive
Abingdon School
Abingdon Science Partnership
Bright Sparks Science

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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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