Beltane Public Engagement Network

European Researchers’ Night 2016

ERN_Scotland16_Banner_NormalTextEdinburghEXPLORATHON 2016 is Scotland’s European Researchers’ Night and will take place on 30 September and 1st October 2016.

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.


EXPLORATHON 2016 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 – your research does not need to be funded by the European Commission. This high-profile initiative is a great opportunity to hone your public engagement skills in a supported setting.

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It’s on Friday 30 September 2016 and Saturday 1st October. Although it’s called a ‘Night’, activities are taking place throughout the afternoon and evening and on the morning of Saturday 1st October at a variety of venues across Edinburgh! Join researchers across Europe and celebrate your research!


Our main venues for 2016 are:

  • Ocean Terminal shopping centre
  • City of Edinburgh Methodist Church
  • WHALE Arts Agency, Wester Hailes

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

How to get involved:

We are looking for talks, drop-in activities, science busking, conversation-style activities, and people to run their own events from scratch. Full information about getting involved in 2016 is available here.

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Who do I contact with a question?

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Sarah Anderson, 07980 363 424, 0131 6504874,

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