Futures 2023


Back for another year, FUTURES is bigger and better than ever before! Happening across Bath, Bristol, Devon, Exeter, Plymouth and Cornwall, this FREE festival of discovery will take place on Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October.

On behalf of The University of Exeter, we are bringing you a Pop-Up Curiosity Shop of Science and Culture to The Cornish Bank in Falmouth. We are celebrating research and researchers from all backgrounds and disciplines. Come along and meet them for a weekend full of science, bonkers ideas, music, art, and mayhem!

Find an overview of the array of events happening over the weekend below.

We are supported by the University of Exeter’s Department of Public Health and Sports Sciences in making this event accessible for neurodivergent families.

Pop-Up Curiosity Shop of Science and Culture
The Cornish Bank | 30 Sept & 1 Oct 2023

This is a celebration of fascinating discovery and intriguing culture right in the centre of Falmouth. We’ll be bringing to life the brilliant work that happens at the University of Exeter with music, demonstrations, talks, workshops, and even robots! It will be a chance for curious minds to meet scientists, historians, doctors, mathematicians, and more. There will also be musicians and artists working with researchers to bring their work to life for all ages and backgrounds.

Follow the links below for the full programme for Saturday and Sunday:

Pop-Up Walkie Talkies
Across Falmouth | 30 Sept & 1 Oct 2023

Academics from the University of Exeter and beyond, at varied career stages, will guide walks and reveal varied research and in an exciting array of locations. This engaging format is the ultimate ‘show and tell’, powerfully bringing research to life, demonstrating findings, and taking the public right into the inspiring places where vital work happens. Walks include:

Book your spot and come along for a different kind of stroll!

Pop-Up Lunchtime Talks
The Cornish Bank | 30 Sept & 1 Oct 2023

There will be an exciting talks programme for those of you ‘popping in’. From young researchers to discipline experts, these 15 minute talks will range from orchestras of the future, to an audience with the other monarch, Artificial Intelligence and lunchtime poetry. Our researchers will be sparking everyone’s curiosity and engage you in current and relevant discussions!

Find out more by browsing through Saturday and Sunday’s Lunchtime Talks schedule.

Pop-Up Curiosity Shop Workshops
The Cornish Bank | 30 Sept & 1 Oct 2023

Are you passionate about nature? Do you love learning in interactive and creative ways? Look no further as we have two workshops that will not only immerse you in the arts and crafts but will also engage you in recent conservation work.

Together with Prof. Corinna Wagner, you will make cyanotype and then use your work to stretch your imagination to write narratives in prose and poetry in Cyanotype and Prose.