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Science World 2017

Science World, the United Kingdom’s premier laboratory experience, is returning on 20 September 2017 to Millbrook Proving Ground. The event, hosted by Fisher Scientific, will be showcasing the very latest in laboratory innovations with thousands of products in action and is ideal for anyone who works in or around a laboratory. This will be the 24th Science World event held in the UK, which is renowned for offering an unrivalled, free day out for all those involved in the laboratory industry.

Science World is THE place to be for anyone working in or around a laboratory. Anticipated to attract more than 700 visitors and 60 leading industry exhibitors, this is a fantastic opportunity to see thousands of laboratory products in action, have the chance for great networking and innovative guest speakers.

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Millbrook Proving Ground, Station Lane, Bedford, MK45 2JQ

Directions to Millbrook Proving Ground on Wednesday 20th September ONLY

Route from M1:

CARS ONLY: From the M1 Junction 13, follow the A421 towards Bedford.

After 3.3 miles take the Marston Moretaine exit and take the fourth exit off the roundabout.

Continue on Beancroft Road for the next two roundabouts, following signs for Marston Moretaine.

Turn left at the T-junction, then immediately right following the signs to Millbrook.

Follow road through village, turning left just before Marston Social Club, towards Millbrook.

Cross level crossing, following road for approximately 1/2 mile.

Millbrook Visitors Entrance is on the right.

Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedford,

MK45 2JQ

Tel: 01525 404242


We are currently putting together the Keynote Speaker programme. Keep checking this page as all of the details will be announced here

Emily Grossman

Dr Emily Grossman is an expert in molecular biology and genetics, with a Double First in Natural Sciences from Queens' College Cambridge and a PhD in cancer research. She also trained and worked as an actress, and now combines her skills as a science broadcaster, public speaker, writer, educator and trainer.  Emily teaches maths and sciences at all academic levels, explains science for a wide range of TV and radio programmes and gives talks in schools, universities and at live events such as The Hay Festival, Cheltenham Science Festival, The Royal Society, The Women of the World Festival and The Science Museum. She is best known as a resident expert on ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Sky1's fact-based celebrity panel-show Duck Quacks Don't Echo hosted by Lee Mack, for many news interviews on maths and science topics, and for her fun science YouTube videos for BBC Britlab and The Royal Institution.​

Emily is also a passionate advocate for gender equality and diversity in science and she has come under considerable attack on social media for speaking out against sexism in science. She recently gave a Tedx talk at UCL on Why Science Needs People Who Cry on the value of emotions in science and society, and she has shared her personal story in a Story Collider podcast. Emily has been interviewed in The Sunday Times, The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Mail and The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine. She has spoken on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour about the politics of crying in the workplace, and has been a special guest on an episode of The Guilty Feminist podcast on crying.

​Emily also works as a communication and media skills trainer and has run training sessions for many universities, companies and institutions such as The Crick Institute, The Royal Society, The Royal Society of Biology and Famelab International.

Aarathi Prasad

Dr. Aarathi Prasad is based at University College London where she manages UCL Grand Challenges portfolios focused on technology and culture. Through convening cross-disciplinary research across the university and with local and international partners, her work aims to set the agenda for future research, and research-informed public and policy engagement.

Aarathi has a PhD in molecular genetics from Imperial College London. Her post-doctoral work focused on using chemical genetics to identify early therapeutic targets in cancers, and she subsequently worked in science policy, including in the UK Parliament on the passage of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. She has been a science advisor to the British Council, where she developed international research collaborations and policy, and public engagement in science.

She has written and presented science documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel, and co-presented with Richard Dawkins, David Attenborough and Stephen Hawking. She is the author of Like A Virgin: how science is redesigning the rules of sex; the BBC Radio4 Book of the Week In the Bonesetter’s waiting Room: travels through Indian medicine, and is a co-author of Prof Jim Al Khalili's upcoming book What's Next: what science can tell us about our fascinating future, in which she focuses on the future of genomics and genetic engineering.


We are currently putting together the full exhibitor programme. Keep checking this page as all of the details will be announced here

Safety and Clean Environment Solutions room

We are excited to announce a new attraction launching at Science World in 2017 – the addition of a dedicated, interactive “Safety and Clean Environment Solutions” showroom.

As scientists make discoveries in an increasingly fast-moving regulatory landscape, the need for new and more sophisticated PPE, workwear, safety storage solutions, signage and workplace safety equipment becomes increasingly important.

At Science World UK on 20 September, visitors can view and demonstrate a broad selection of workplace safety products, including the testing of a wide range of workwear and PPE ranging from coveralls to spectacles.

The new showroom will provide an informative, hands-on tactile experience and include a PPE fit-testing workshop. A team of Cleanroom and Safety Specialists will be on-hand all day to guide you through new products and latest UK regulations.


News just in!… We’ll be able to check your PAR (Personal Attenuation Rating) at Science World Millbrook.

Are you protected enough? That is the question…

The shape and size of the ear is different for each person. Simply using the SNR (Single Number Rating) out of a hearing protection product datasheet may not provide accurate protection levels for each worker – this is the system within the EU to indicate the amount of protection offered by a correctly fitted hearing protection device.

Finding each employee’s PAR (Personal Attenuation Rating) will help SHE/HSE officers have assurance that workers’ hearing is protected and they are compliant with the law. It is a simple, accurate and easy fit test and validation system to monitor if a selected hearing protective solution meet the required needs.

A measurement itself takes only about 10 seconds: the whole process (setting up the person, put on the hearing protection to test/validate, etc.) takes about 5-10 min. Results are then archived as reference for future purposes.

To find out more, head to the Safety and Clean Environment Solutions room on show day. In the meantime, you can read more details in these two attachments.

Driving Experiences

Chance to WIN!


A 15 minute 1:1 high speed rally experience in a Subaru Impreza including 2 laps of the Outer Handling Circuit and 1 Lap of the High Speed Bowl.  Professional driver Andrea Hall 3 x Ladies National Rallying Champion, demonstrates her skills, taking the vehicle to the limit of its grip and handling capabilities for a thrilling rallying experience.


A 20 minute ride with a pro-driver for up to 6 people in a Land Rover Defender, demonstrating the techniques and systems on modern vehicles to drive on off road terrain including steep gradients.


Visit each of the 5 following booths and complete the required task(s) to receive a stamp:

  • Fisherbrand
  • Fisher Scientific Marketing
  • Safety and Cleanroom Environment Solutions room
  • Fisher Scientific Life Science
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Talent Acquisition

Bring your completed card to the Science World main entrance registration desk and select your drive time slot


Once your drive time slot is confirmed please arrive at the Science World main entrance registration desk 10 minutes in advance


*Helmets will be provided and must be worn

*You will be required to sign a disclaimer before participating in Science World Drive Time – please visit the Science World website/contact the organiser for further information if required
Please download the PDF file to learn more. Disclaimer

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We are currently putting together the full programme of additional activities. Keep checking this page as all of the details will be announced here

Mr and Miss Ballooniverse

Natalie created Miss Ballooniverse in 2008. Combining her balloon artistry with her comedy improv skills, she has been described as the 'Pixar of the balloon world' entertaining both children and adults at the same time. The versatility of this entertainment form has taken Miss Ballooniverse to every type of gathering imaginable, from entertaining royalty; fashion shows and black-tie events to parties of all cultures; from factories and offices to weddings; special needs schools to hospitals. Miss Ballooniverse is the entertainer of choice for the Cabinet Office; Soho House Group; Arsenal FC and numerous London hospitals including Barts and the Royal London both at their corporate events and their ward visits. 

Her work surprises and delights audiences,  "I love it when people say they've never seen anything like it before. Balloon art has come a long way in recent years and the possibilities are endless". It's also about creating entertainment from the art form . "When I'm making a balloon creation in front of a crowd, it's a fully interactive experience, with laughs a-plenty. The balloons don't last forever but the joyful memories do."

Based in London, Miss Ballooniverse is in demand all over the world at parties and events as well as public appearances on ITV's This Morning, BBC Radio 1, at numerous fashion shows, Royal Ascot and in stores such as Harrods and Selfridges. Natalie is currently in development with Bearkatt Productions, filming a pilot episode of her children’s balloon series “The Amazing Adventures Of Miss Ballooniverse”, directed by Allan Johnson, Bafta award-winning producer of Mr Tumble for the BBC.

We’re delighted that Miss Ballooniverse will be joined by Mr Ballooniverse to bring us wonderful balloon creations at Science World, Millbrook!

Professor Hal

Something that a lot of us are capable of forgetting as we grow older is the potential that learning has to be fun. Professor Hal is on a mission to help as many people as possible learn through play - regardless of age or ability.

Professor Hal - full name Professor Hal Sosabowski - isn’t just about teaching young people. He is also the principal lecturer in Chemistry at the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Brighton, and is also the university’s Professor of Public Understanding.

In addition to his more traditional qualifications, Professor Hal also holds the honour of being the first person granted permission to create explosions in the House of Commons. He also made the said explosions, which is more than Guy Fawkes ever managed. However, Professor Hal wasn’t trying to blow anyone up - instead, he was launching the UNESCO International Year of Chemistry in 2011.

When not researching or teaching chemistry undergraduates, Professor Hal travels around the country with his show “Bigger Bang”. This venture has also put on shows in Belgium, Russia, Abu Dhabi and many other locations across the world, showing the international reach that fun science can have.

On his website, Professor Hal explains: “I remember doing second order differential equations and finding them hard and uninspiring - but most things can be livened up if we know how.”

This ability to generate curiosity and trying things out just to see what will happen is a real asset for those working in experimental science, and this is why Professor Hal will be present at this year’s Science World event at Millbrook.

In addition to his live shows, Professor Hal has also created a top trumps-style card game, called “Professor Hal’s Trumps”, to make information that can be dull or dry into a fascinating voyage of discovery. There are currently Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Recycling Trumps available, with plans in the pipeline to create more. Players are encouraged to engage in (reasonable) debate about some of the more subjective elements of a card’s value, such as its Danger or Usefulness Factor, as this helps them to absorb the information

Profesor Hal has also contributed to a variety of educational television programmes - most notably the CBeebies series Operation Ouch, which won a BAFTA for Best Children’s Programme in 2015.

Discussing his appearances at Science World, Professor Hal said: “It’s great to have this opportunity to bring a touch of fun to people who specialise in scientific laboratory work, which can often be quite serious. Regardless of the setting, getting people excited about science is one of the most important things we can do, as it can transform our own research, and help encourage the next generation.”

Science World 2015

Science World Doncaster 2015

What people had to say about the event

Baroness Greenfield

Professor Hal's performance

"Fisher Scientific is, as far as I know, the only big supplier that puts out events like this and it really generates a very positive buzz among technical staff"

Mark Ariaans
University of Sheffield

"Another successful show and look forward to supporting future events …. Have to say your 'customers' were well looked after with Dr Hal, seminars and nice lunch - made them feel special"

Adrian Ross
Nickel-Electro Ltd

"We had a good response and a lot of good leads … We will be supporting again in 2016 … Great event and great team, thank you!"

Simon Cook
Bibby Scientific Ltd

"The event is unique … You get taken care of from the minute you arrive …. There is no pressure. You can attend keynote speakers that you are never going to hear anywhere else … This is the number one event in the industry"

John Brear
Sales Group Director, UK and Ireland. RSD Europe