EDITORIAL

Festival Lessons

Science  28 Feb 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6174, pp. 949
DOI: 10.1126/science.1252251

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For a university that is over 800 years old, 20th anniversaries are rather modest. Yet in March, the University of Cambridge will reflect on 20 years of organizing the Cambridge Science Festival in the United Kingdom. During this year's event, topics ranging from string theory to sustainability will be examined through talks, demonstrations, debates, theatre, music, exhibitions, and more. Hundreds of researchers and students will participate, and around 30,000 people are expected to attend. Over the past two decades, the festival has imparted many general lessons about how to successfully make science “public” and why this endeavor is important not only for the audience but for the research enterprise itself.