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IF Oxford

IF Oxford, the city’s science and ideas Festival offers interactive events and activities at 25 venues, 6 – 30 October 2022. Pick from pioneering performances, cutting-edge debate and hands-on experiments. Expect rocks, plants and animals alongside robots and artificial intelligence. There’s something for everyone, with activities for children, teenagers and adults.

IF Oxford, the city’s science and ideas Festival, returns this autumn (6–30 October) with 100 events and activities for adults, children and teenagers in twenty-five venues including Oxford Botanic Garden, Oxford Playhouse, North Wall Arts Centre, Pegasus Theatre, Waterstones Bookshop and the Ultimate Picture Palace. The programme includes fresh thinking and activities on topics from minibeasts and monsters to the ways space-age science and technology are changing the world of romance and love. With theatre, film, comedy, art, dance, demonstrations and debate, IF Oxford is all set to invigorate curious minds of all ages and inspire a new generation.

The programme includes a fabulous collection of events to entertain and surprise, bringing together real time research from world-leading scientists. Connecting everything from the tiniest particles to the biggest challenges facing the globe today, IF Oxford offers something exciting for all ages. Take the chance this October to get hands-on and to question science, technology, medicine and more.

Festival visitors can dance with robots or watch robodogs tackle a steeple-chase challenge at the Iffley Road sports track where Sir Roger Bannister was the first man to break the four-minute mile.

There’s a chance to see innovative rock-smashing theatre that takes the audience from a stone-age past to tomorrow’s technology, to enjoy a true bird’s eye view, as captured during the flight of a hawk, and take a whistle-stop tour of the cosmos with virtual designs from award-winning children’s illustrator Oliver Jeffers. You can design a green city, investigate the characters in Aesop’s fables, explore the collateral effects of the pandemic through intriguing bio-art installations, and consider falling in love with a captivating AI operating system.

The wonders of the natural world will be explored at family days at Oxford Botanic Gardens and the University of Oxford’s John Krebs Field Station in Wytham. Discover how spiders ‘hear’ through their feet and how giant lilies have solved engineering conundrums. Investigate how the workings of the animal kingdom and the secrets of the plant world are being used to develop future technologies. Uncover the secrets of the body and brain that could change your life; solve the mysteries of Agatha Christie’s poisons or learn self-defence for time-travel with American comedian Mike Capozzola.

With poetry, politics, music and more, there’s something to intrigue everyone whatever their interests or age.

The majority of events are free to attend (donations are requested using the Festival’s Pay What You Decide model). For more information about IF Oxford, and to book tickets, visit www.if oxford.com


IF Oxford, Oxford Centre for Innovation, New Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1NY United Kingdom
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