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The New Zealand International Science Festival chartiable trust was established in 1996 to present the biennial festival in Dunedin. Our goal is simple; to engage young people about the importance that science plays in our daily lives and the positive difference it can make. We ensure quality science education is accessible and affordable for everyone, everywhere. We cultivate a wider awareness of science to the general public, inspiring them by its wonder and engaging them with its implications for the future.


Since our inaugural festival in 1997 the festival has engaged over 200,000 participants across the country celebrating all things science for all ages, from the mysterious outer limits of the universe to the marvellous inner workings of robotics, with all the weird, wacky, weighty and wonderful stuff in between. The festival features guests from New Zealand and around the globe, alongside local talent, where Dunedin is transformed into a city alive with science.