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The newly-formed charity Curiosity Sussex is looking for volunteers to help at their brand new festival. The charity was founded by a team including two university scientists, Dr Katy Petherick and Dr Stephen Wilkins, who want to bring Sussex communities together to explore and celebrate the wonder of the world around us.

Their first event is Brighton WonderFest, a free one-day festival open to the public, being held on Saturday 26 October at Brighton Racecourse.

For 2019, the festival will have a futuristic theme, with a particular focus on how we can all collaborate to build a better world for ourselves. 

Over 30 exhibitors have so far been confirmed, with activities ranging from building a more sustainable future, quantum technology and electric cars. To help bring people together to share their ideas and inspirations, Curiosity Sussex are looking for volunteers to help on the event day.

Dr Katy Petherick from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Sussex, who is the Director of WonderFest, said: "Volunteers play a crucial role in the success of these events; assisting exhibitors with activities, welcoming visitors, collecting evaluation data and more. We are looking for volunteers willing to support and encourage visitors, and we hope to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to take part.”

Jacqueline Currie, a science and arts communicator and educator through her business Curiosity Hub is Assistant WonderFest Director and another co-founder of Curiosity Sussex. She said: "Our volunteers are really important to us, and we are really grateful for any support.

"Whether you have experience in running hands-on activities, organising events, or are purely keen to support a charity, you are welcome at Brighton WonderFest."

The call is now open for volunteers for Brighton WonderFest, get in touch via the website:

Posted on behalf of: School of Life Sciences
Last updated: Thursday, 19 September 2019