New Scientist Live

New Scientist Live, the world’s most exciting festival of ideas and discovery, returns for its third annual event this September with headline speakers including Henry MarshSean Carroll, Jim Al Khalili and Hannah Fry, aiming to educate, inspire and excite the general public with the latest innovations.

Hosted at ExCeL London and run by the world’s favourite science weekly, New Scientist, the event promises new discoveries for anyone and everyone curious about science. Featuring more than 120 pioneering and inspirational speakers and exhibitors, enquiring minds of all ages will hear from some of the most distinguished philosophers, authors and entrepreneurs from around the world.

Tim Peake Mars Rover - New Scientist Live

At New Scientist Live, you’ll be taken on a journey of discovery by world-acclaimed speakers showcasing on the main stage across the four-day event. Ever wondered how algorithms affect everyday life? Mathematician and broadcaster Hannah Fry will be on hand to share her expertise, while Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh will reveal confessions of life as a brain surgeon. More topics include:

  • A panel discussion about the war on plastic (Lucy Siegle & Jo Roxton)
  • How the history of gravity and the forces of nature impact the universe (Jim Al Khalili)
  • The effects of brain development in teenagers and what this means (Sarah-Jayne Blakemore)
  • The many worlds of quantum mechanics (Sean Carroll)
  • Neanderthals and how human genomes affects our generation (David Reich)

Reigniting its theme of five immersive zones, guests visiting New Scientist Live will explore the Cosmos, Earth, Humans, Technology, and Engineering areas that will touch on a variety of topics that shape our culture, communities and ultimately our lives. To bring these to life, there will also be thought-provoking immersive experiences throughout the exhibition including:

  • Hug a bug, courtesy of the Royal Entomological Society Stand where you can get hands-on with some incredible invertebrates
  • Go on the MDX Loco-Motion, a VR rollercoaster ride for a truly gut-wrenching experience
  • Fancy being a forensic scientist for the day? Examine how different techniques are being used to help catch poachers to tackle wildlife crime with the aid of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, scientists from King’s College London and the Metropolitan Police
  • Ever wondered what it’s like inside a brain? The Wyss Centre will present animated 3D videos showing visions of how neurotechnology can be used to help people in the future
  • Want to discover more about our ancestors? Join archaeologist James Dilley and his team from Ancient Craft in the Prehistory zone to learn more about our history and see prehistoric artefacts
  • Recycling has become an integral part of our lives. Learn how Plastic Oceanic creates jewellery and other products from unrecyclable ocean plastics

New Scientist Live

Ticket information

One day only:


  • Standard Adult (All day access to main exhibition floor and all talks in the zone theatres. No access to main stage talks or VIP area): £30 Thursday-Friday / £40 Saturday-Sunday
  • Child (6-17yr olds): £20 all days
  • Child (under 6’s): FREE all days
  • Group booking for 15+ people: £14pp Thursday-Friday / £16pp Saturday-Sunday
  • Family Ticket I (two adults and two children): £70 Thursday-Friday / £90pp Saturday-Sunday
  • Family Ticket II (one adult and three children): £70 Thursday-Friday / £90pp Saturday-Sunday

Standard ticket holders can upgrade online to VIP:

  • VIP adult upgrade pass: £35 Thursday-Friday / £45pp Saturday-Sunday
  • VIP child (6-17yr olds) upgrade pass: £25 all days


  • VIP Adult (All day access to the main exhibition floor, all talks in the zone theatres, main stage and VIP lounge): £60 Thursday-Friday / £80 Saturday-Sunday
  • Child (6-17yr olds): £40 all days
  • Child (under 6’s): FREE
  • Family Ticket I (two adults and two children): £140 Thursday-Friday / £180 Saturday-Sunday
  • Family Ticket II (one adult and three children): £140 Thursday-Friday / £180 Saturday-Sunday

VIP tickets offer:

  • Exclusive access to headline talks (not available to standard ticket-holders)
  • Unlimited access to VIP Area
  • Fast-track entry into the main exhibition
  • Access to book signings with key speakers

4-Day Pass:

  • VIP adult pass: £199
  • VIP child pass (6-17yr olds): £119
  • Standard adult pass: £99
  • Standard child (6-17yr olds): £49
  • Child (under 6’s): FREE

*prices do not include a transaction or delivery fee

Educational groups must be authorised in advance of their visit. For more information about booking an educational group email

All other tickets can be booked at or by calling the ticket hotline: 08448 737 355