Self-defence for time travellers

IF Oxford, the city’s science and ideas Festival, announced a packed schedule of exciting events, venues and experiences today for it’s return this autumn (6-30 October).

With 100 events and activities for adults, children and teenagers in 25 venues including Oxford Botanic Garden, Oxford Playhouse, North Wall Arts Centre, Pegasus Theatre, Waterstones bookshop and the Ultimate Picture Palace, it’s all going on.

Festival visitors can enjoy a true bird’s eye view, as captured during the flight of a hawk, a whistle-stop tour of the cosmos with award-winning children’s illustrator Oliver Jeffers, family days at Oxford Botanic Gardens and the University of Oxford’s John Krebs Field Station in Wytham.

Megalith Credit Mateujz Rast

Discover how spiders ‘hear’ through their feet, how giant lilies have solved engineering conundrums and investigate how the workings of the animal kingdom and the secrets of the plant world are being used to develop future technologies.

Uncover secrets of the body and brain that could change your life (two events: Mastering Memory; and Using body clock science to improve your health) and elsewhere, solve the mysteries of Agatha Christie’s poisons with the event Weapon of choice, against the backdrop of the stage show The Mirror Crack’d, or learn Self-defence for time-travel with American comedian Mike Capozzola. 

Bird’s eye view at IF Oxford

Design a green city, investigate the characters in Aesop’s fables, consider the collateral effects of the pandemic through intriguing bio-art installations,  watch a synchronised drone display and support ‘robodogs’ as they race over a short steeplechase course at the track where Sir Roger Bannister famously broke the four-minute mile or investigate space travel, there really is something for everyone.

With theatre, film, comedy, art, dance, demonstrations and debate, IF Oxford is all set to enlighten and invigorate curious minds of all ages and entertain and inspire a new generation.

Robodog at IF Oxford

Bringing together real time research from world-leading scientists and connecting everything from the tiniest particles to the biggest challenges facing the globe today, take the chance this October to get hands-on and to question science, technology, medicine and more with IF Oxford.

The full programme is available from today Thursday 25 August. The majority of events are free to book; donations are welcome with the Festival using a Pay What You Decide ticketing model. For more information and to book go to