Welcome to Bournemouth University’s sixth annual Festival of Learning. Come along and get involved in our exciting programme of free activities, events and unique opportunities.

The festival has grown hugely over the past five years and has taken us in lots of exciting directions. This year we are focussing on celebrating the exceptional research being carried out at the university by our staff and students.

It will still be the jam-packed festival that you’ve come to love, with five days of varied events launching with our fun family day on Saturday 16 June. The day will have a range of drop-in activities, interactive sessions and talks. From the Mini-Professors toddler sessions, science busking and SportBU activities through to research talks ranging from virtual reality to changing lives in Nepal – there really is something for all the family.

We’re also thrilled to welcome Professor Alice Roberts as guest speaker. Alice is a biological anthropologist and broadcaster, presenting several shows including Britain’s Most Historic Towns. She will share incredible stories of archaeology, history and genetics from her latest book.

This year we’re doing something a bit different with our Sunday programme of off-campus events. We’re taking our research out into the community with events across Bournemouth and Poole. You won’t want to miss it!

Join us as we share our discoveries and provide insight into the leading role BU plays worldwide. See how we’re involved in uncovering the secrets of the past, casting a lens on some of the difficult subjects of current affairs, and leading the way in future innovation.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired by what’s happening right here in Dorset. Browse through the website to plan your visit and be sure to place your bookings early to avoid disappointment.

We look forward to welcoming you.