The 2017 edition of the Dubai Science Festival takes place from November 1-7 with Dubai Science Park as the festival's strategic partner and in association with GEMS Education. SciFest Dubai’s knowledge partners include Dubai’s KHDA and the UK National Space Academy.


The chief guest is Dr Abdullah Al Karam, Director General of Dubai's Knowledge and Human Development Authority. 


The keynote speakers are Mark Jackson (American Theoretical Physicist, BDO  at Cambridge Quantum Computing, Founder and CEO of Fiat Physica) Simon Ings.(Arts & Culture editor, New Scientist magazine), Paul Epping (President, Singularity University Dubai Chapter) and Raya Bidshahri (CEO, Awecademy).


The theme of this year’s festival is Radical Disruption and the festival takes place at Mohammed bin Rashid University and various other schools, universities, and science venues in the city.


All workshops, panels, talks, and shows are free to attend. The aim is to celebrate science through the arts and promote scientific literacy and STEAM education.


Click here for the 2017 schedule of events .


Click here for the full programme of events.




Events for the 2017 festival are fully booked. Registration is closed.


Please contact for details of school incursions


2017 Science Festival hIGHLIGHTS

See below for a few highlights of this year's festival


Mad Science Stage Show
Prepared to be amazed by the impressive science demonstrations in this spectacular show! From foggy dry ice storms to a Mad Science burp-flavored potion, audiences will be astonished by what they see, hear, and ugh... taste! Ever see scissors sizzle and shiver? Ever taken a bubble shower? Here’s your chance!
Keynote 1: Dr Abdulla Al Karam
Speaker: Dr. Abdullah Al Karam, Director General, KHDA | Science in the UAE
Keynote 2: Dr Mark Jackson
Speaker: Dr. Mark Jackson, American Theoretical Physicist; Science & BDO at Cambridge Quantum Computing.
Topic: The Power of Quantum Computing
Keynote 3: Paul Epping
Speaker: Paul Epping, Singularity University, Dubai Chapter President

Will science re-write science? The next paradigm shift?
Keynote 4: Simon Ings
Speaker: Simon Ings, Arts and Culture Editor, New Scientist Magazine

Critical Thinking and Scientific Inquiry
Panel: The Future of Education
Science and Art: The Future of Education
Technology is growing at an exponential rate. What impact will this have on Education? How will Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality disrupt the way teachers teach? What impact will Big Data, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and the Internet of things have on students and the teaching and learning process? Join the panel as they discuss how education will have to change in the coming years.
Cafe Scientifique: A.I.
Café Scientifique 1: Future of Artificial Intelligence
Café Scientifique 2: Impact of Exponential Technologies
Technology is growing at an exponential rate. Convergence of Genetics, Nanotechnology, Robotics, Sensors, and A.I. will disrupt everything in the near future. We already have AI that can compose music, create art, and write poetry. What impact will smart agents and super smart AIs of the future have on human society? How will greater-than-human intelligence change art?
Science Storytelling
Science Stories come in many forms, and there are many different mediums one can use, each with its own merits. The Science Stories in this series have been selected for a younger audience and capture the magic and wonder of science in general and astronomy and space in particular.
Telescopic Solar Viewing
Sun-gazing using Solar Filters | Astronomy
The solar viewing sessions allow for safe telescopic observation of the sun using special solar filters to view sunspots. (Never look at the sun with the naked eye.)
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Workshops: UK Nat. Space Academy
Planetarium Shows
Cafe Scientifique Duabai
Critical Wonder: Conference
Science Debates
Astronomy: Star Party
Astronomy Stargazing
Join us as we view the rings of Saturn, the red spot of Jupiter, the polar ice caps on Mars, the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda galaxy, and various other astronomical objects like the Orion Constellation, and the brightest stars in the night sky, including, Sirius, Betelgeuse, Procyon, Aldeberan, Vega and many more.
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