On 24 and 25 September we’re running an event called Futures 2021, part of European Researchers’ Night that takes place across 200 cities. It’s about celebrating research and researchers from all backgrounds, disciplines and levels of experience from PhD onwards.
We’re looking for people with exciting ideas for interactive engagement with the general public – it could be a talk, activity, demonstration or workshop. We are open and interested in suggestions and can help develop an idea.
These are the events that are planned, but are rough ideas – we are open to your suggestions!
Pop-Up Curiosity Shop of Science and Culture
Make Tank | 25 Sept
This is a celebration of bonkers discovery and intriguing culture with a pop-up shop full of science, mayhem, research and more in the centre of Exeter. Music, theatre, guided walks, demonstrations, talks, workshops, and even robots will bring to life the brilliant work that happens at UoE. It will be a chance for curious minds to meet scientists, historians, doctors, mathematicians, and more. Musicians and artists will work with researchers to bring their work to life for all ages and backgrounds. An EU Corner will be part of this event;artist Steve McCracken will work with EU researchers to paint a mural on the shop window,viewed by hundreds using Exeter’s main Bus Station. While he paints, researchers will highlight the connections to their research to the public.
Walk and Talks: Hidden Exeter
Across the City | 25 Sept, 10-4pm
Academics from UoE and beyond, at varied career stages, will guide walks and reveal the research behind hidden aspects of the city.
Festival of the Sea
The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis | 25 Sept
Exeter Marine at UoE has world-leading researchers who are committed to understanding all aspects of the marine environment,which is critical to our health and wellbeing. The Festival will explore how they are working collaboratively with industry, policymakers and conservation agencies to deliver innovative solutions to real world problems. Right by the sea, this evening of eclectic events celebrating the sea will feature music and drama performances, sea shanties, talks and demonstrations from researchers and local fishermen, brought to life in a famous marine community.Following conversations with researchers, Shanty singers will stage a unique concert to help communicate their vital work.The event will also include the Story Boat Project,a miniature maritime museum inside from a 1920s lerret boat. Lyme Regis has a history of science and geology, as a world-famous destination for fossil hunters and palaeontological research. Interest in the town will be increased by the 2021 release of Ammonite, a film starring Kate Winslet, about the scientist Mary Anning who lived in the town.
Creative responses to Climate Change with intoBodmin
St Petroc’s Church, Bodmin Cornwall
25 Sept, 7.30-10pm
How do creative people respond to European research on Climate Change? And how do scientists work with artists and musicians to help widen the participation in their research? This lively panel discussion, followed by a concert, will examine emotional and creative reactions to research on our changing world. The panel will feature UoE and MET office researchers, alongside comedians, musicians, and artists. The discussion will traverse many facets of Climate Change including the increasing importance of the collaborative communication of research. This event will be organised with intoBodmin, a community and cultural organisation that promotes the rural Cornish town of Bodmin as an engaging, and progressive town