Between 7th and 12th September 2013, Newcastle will host the British Science Festival - Europe's largest and longest running science event. Organised annually by the British Science Association, the Festival brings together hundreds of the UK’s top scientists, science presenters, journalists and tens of thousands of members of the public. The Festival attracts more than 50,000 people each year and caters to audiences of all ages and interests. Events range from lectures and debates, to hands-on activities for schools and families, as well as live music and comedy performances, theatre and exhibitions. As a Science City, Newcastle is recognised as being at the forefront of scientific and technological advancement and the presence of the British Science Festival will offer a unique opportunity for the region to showcase its science and technology credentials to people in the UK and around the world. Newcastle University has launched a regional campaign: Ideas Take Flight, to help gather ideas, thoughts and questions from the public to shape the Festival in 2013.