European Researchers’ Night 2019

EXPLORATHON 2019 is Scotland’s European Researchers’ Night and will take place on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September 2019.

The Night gives researchers the opportunity to share their research with members of the public. All subject areas and career stages are welcome. Your research does not need to be funded by the European Commission, and it does not need to be science-based.


EXPLORATHON 2019 is coordinated by the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Strathclyde, St Andrews and, in Edinburgh, the Beltane Public Engagement Network. It is funded by the European Commission. Researchers’ Night gives people a chance to find out what researchers really do.

While there is special emphasis on sharing research funded by the European Commission, this event is open to ALL researchers. All subject areas and career stages are welcome. This high-profile initiative is a great opportunity to hone your public engagement skills in a supported setting.

When ?

It’s on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September 2019.


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Our 2019 venues include:

  • the National Museum of Scotland,
  • the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh,
  • Ocean Terminal,
  • WHALE Arts Centre,
  • The Lyell Centre @ Heriot Watt University,
  • Kings Buildings @ The University of Edinburgh,
  • various schools across Edinburgh,
  • plus community centres and pubs or cafes.

More information about the events will be posted on the Explorathon website as it becomes available.

Who’s it for?

It’s for researchers (including students) and university support staff to deliver, and for members of the public to come along to. Our hope is that everyone who is involved gets something out of it.

Daytime events tend to attract a younger audience (very roughly, up to age 12) and their caregivers. Evening events are aimed at age 18+ (with the age range varying by individual event). We are trying to broaden the socio-economic demographic of the people we reach with our choice of 2017 venues and event formats.

This year there will be schools events at various schools around Edinburgh.

How to get involved

This year we are looking for both researchers and volunteers for the following venues:

  • The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh – daytime drop-in session for families
  • Various schools across Edinburgh – school-age focused activities
    Café Scientifique – informal talks for an adult audience
  • New Scots Ceilidh – workshops with the New Scots community, possibly from August and certainly September, leading to a celebration “ceilidh”
  • WHALE Arts – daytime interactive activities around a number of themes – food, sustainability, placemaking and wellbeing
  • The Lyell Centre @ Heriot-Watt – daytime drop in activities and talks, themed around marine and earth science
  • Leith Labs @ Ocean Terminal – table-top drop-in experiments, “science busking”, informal talks and discussions
  • Kings Buildings, University of Edinburgh – daytime drop in activities, themed around science and engineering

We ask that you let us know if you’re interested. This isn’t binding at this stage.


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Who do I contact with a question?

If you have any questions, please get in touch with one of the Beltane team on If you’re in an Edinburgh university, you may also wish to let your local public engagement contact know of your interest.