The Bristol Data Dome launches this autumn

The Bristol Data Dome, housed inside At-Bristol Science Centre’s Planetarium, will be launched as part of the Festival of the Future City on Wednesday 18 November.

Connected to a dedicated high performance computer at the University of Bristol, the Data Dome is a pioneering development on Bristol’s digital scene with the potential of visualising real-time data in a truly distinctive environment.

At-Bristol’s Planetarium is the UK’s only 3D space capable of showing crisp 4K resolution and audiences will have the opportunity to see a variety of content from earth sciences, open-data, to sociological mapping as well as a an experimental dome game in this format.

Paul Wilson, Managing Director of Bristol Is Open said:

The launch of the Bristol Data Dome is integral to Bristol Is Open’s aim of creating an open programmable city region and firmly places Bristol at the forefront of digital innovation.

We hope that the range of content on display will show audiences the potential of this space and the cutting edge technology available, which really brings the data to life.

The shows will demonstrate how new technologies can be used to visualise the city and how the Data Dome could lead the way towards innovation in gaming, learning and citizen engagement.

The Data Dome will also be available for hire to enliven events for companies, organisations and individuals looking to use this unique immersive facility to take their audience engagement to the next level.

To book your tickets for the 8pm or 9pm shows please visit At-Bristol

Ticket prices: £7.00 online; £8.00 on the day and £6.00 concessions. Booking fees apply.



  • At-Bristol is a leading science centre in the UK and a major player in the worldwide science centre movement with over 277,000 visitors a year, including over 60,000 school visits.
  • How cities work is changing. Bristol Is Open, a joint venture between Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol, is a research infrastructure to explore developments in software, hardware and telecom networks that enable more interaction between people and places and more machine-to-machine communication. The project uses a high performance software defined network as the city operating system, then internet of things platforms and big data analytics feed an emerging number of smart city applications. This is giving people more ability to interact, work and play with the city that they live in, and will help cities address some of the biggest challenges of modern urban life.
  • The University of Bristol is one of the most popular and successful universities in the UK. It was ranked within the top 40 universities in the world in the QS World University rankings 2015 and 9th in the country. The University of Bristol is ranked among the top five institutions in the UK for its research, according to new analysis of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Bristol is a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, and a member of the Worldwide Universities Network, a grouping of research-led institutions of international standing.

The University was founded in 1876 and was granted its Royal Charter in 1909. It was the first university in England to admit women on the same basis as men.

The University is a major force in the economic, social and cultural life of Bristol and the region, but is also a significant player on the world stage. It has over 16,000 undergraduates and nearly 6,000 postgraduate students from more than 100 countries, and its research links span the globe.

Twelve Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel Prizes, including Sir Winston Churchill who was Chancellor of the University of Bristol from 1929 until 1965.