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New Scientist Live - Excel London. The World's Greatest Science Festival

Opening times

Thursday 10.00 – 17.30

Friday 10.00 – 21.00

Saturday 10.00 – 17.30

Sunday 10.00 – 17.30


New Scientist Live will take you on an incredible, mind-blowing journey of discovery.

It’s packed with ground-breaking immersive experiences, talks, workshops and performances making it a truly extraordinary day out for all ages.


Immersive and Interactive Experiences

The show is literally bringing science to life.  There are over 100 interactive exhibits within five amazing immersive zones...


Cosmos – unravel the wonders of our universe.  Fifty years after the moon landing, discover why the moon still matters and explore the lunar surface for yourself in the stunning interactive Museum of the Moon.  Extend your cosmic journey with an inspiring  line-up of speakers as they explore dark matter, if time travel could be possible and share insights from the first planet discovered from beyond our solar system.


Earth – explore the issues that affect our planet, its creatures and people and find out about the science that will save the planet,  The Earth Zone brings to life the challenges our planet is facing every day.  A must-see highlight is the Incredible Creatures Feature - an immersive photo exhibit where the British Ecological Society brings to life the sites, sounds and smells of the creatures of our world.


Humans – see your body and mind in a new light and discover how artificial intelligence, robots and 3D printing are transforming the future of healthcare and humanity as we know it.  Explore microrobotic surgery, mini organs, personalised cancer treatments and immunotheraphy.


Technology – experience life in the future today and the technologies that will change the way we live our lives and understand the world around us.  Be in awe of robots, AI, Twitterbots and quantum technology as expert speakers inspire and re-educate on technologies that are changing what is means to be human.


Engineering – understand what it takes to build our world and see the myriad of ways engineering features in your life without you realising   From dating to baking, be inspired as your understanding and appreciation of engineering is challenged and changed. 


Insightful Talks and Speakers

The world’s greatest scientists share their latest innovations and research and encourage us to expand our minds.  More than 120 pioneering and inspirational speakers will take to the stage during the festival including:

  • Space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock on the past, present and future of the moon

  • Mathematician and broadcaster Hannah Fry looking at how algorithms affect everyday life

  • Geneticist Robert Plomin on the whether your DNA can predict school performance

  • Materials scientist Mark Miodownik on the engineering that will really make a difference to the problem of plastic wastes

  • Roboticist Subramanian Ramamoorthy on whether we can make intelligent robots safely

  • Pollution lecturer and adviser Dr Benjamin Barratt with unprecedented insights into the air pollution we are breathing in


Tickets start from £31 for an adult day pass or £73 for a family day ticket (for four).

The Friday Night Lates ticket £20, allows entrance for adults between 5pm and 9pm.

Thursday 10 October is schools focus day and there are special rates for staff and pupils  Book tickets online at  or over the phone on 0844 873 7355 (calls cost 7ppm plus your network access charge)

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