The controversial biologist will discuss his latest book, Science in the Soul, as part of festival’s ‘Dot Talks’

With headliners including The Chemical Brothers, The Flaming Lips and Gary Numan, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Bluedot was all about the music.

But its home of Jodrell Bank Observatory will also host some of the biggest names in science this summer, as the ‘festival of discovery’ continues its award-winning blend of music, science, art and culture.

‘Dot Talks’ will see leading thinkers discuss everything from quantum mechanics to aliens - with 2018 topics including black holes, cyborgs, solar flares, climate change, the invisible universe and (naturally) Doctor Who

Joining the short talks strand for 2018 will be evolutionist Richard Dawkins, one of the greatest and most controversial thinkers of our time. The outspoken atheist, author of fourteen books, continues to challenge society’s views on religion with multimillion copy bestsellers like The God Delusion and The Selfish Gene - last year voted as the most inspirational science book in history. He’ll be discussing his latest release, Science in the Soul.

Jodrell Bank
Bluedot takes place at Jodrell Bank Observatory, recently nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site

Other Dot Talks include: Erica Wagner, whose Chief Engineer: How To Build the Brooklyn Bridge was named one of Amazon’s best science books of 2017; Daniel M Davis, who will discuss The Beautiful Cure: Harnessing Your Body's Natural Defenses - his acclaimed work on the immune system; and James Thompson, founder of In Place of War, which works with creative communities in areas of conflict. 

Other recent additions include Jim WildRichard Betts, Mike Garrett, Tim Allcock & Rachel Platonov, Jon Copley, Monica Grady, Richard Battye, Kevin Warwick, Philippa Browning, Rene Breton, Paul Vanezis, Peter Crocker, Steve Roberts, Julia Steinberger and Anna Scaife. 

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Dr Alice Eldridge - cellist, researcher and educator - will join over 50 Dot Talks

They join an impressive list including author and broadcaster Dallas Campbell, associate director of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics Tim O’Brien, physical geography lecturer Tamsin Edwards and writer and broadcaster Alice Roberts.   

Also on the bill is professor of immunology at the University of Manchester Dr Sheena Cruickshank, physicist and engineer Libby Jackson, biologist and conservationist Professor Dave Goulson, winner of BBC2’s Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes? Suzie Imber and astronomer Stephen Wilkins.

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There's plenty for the kids at Bluedot - including massive bubbles

In the shadow of the Lovell Telescope, one of the world’s most iconic research instruments, Bluedot will explore the latest scientific discoveries from our planet and beyond. All backed up by a family-friendly programme of hands-on science, ‘g’astronomy’ and live music.

The full Bluedot programme will be announced in the coming months. Weekend camping tickets now on sale from £169 at