Looking back on Explorathon 2014

A little over two weeks ago, researchers from across Scotland joined the rest of Europe in celebrating European Researchers’ Night.

Friday 26th September was a chance for members of the public in over 300 European cities to meet researchers and find out what they really do. Here in Scotland, the universities of Aberdeen, Strathclyde, Glasgow and Edinburgh worked together to deliver ‘EXPLORATHON’ – a nationwide programme of events designed to engage the public with research.

Here in Edinburgh, over 2,000 people flocked to sixteen different events. During the afternoon, families had a go at research-inspired activities at Our Dynamic Earth, the National Museum of Scotland and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, while audiences fancying a quiet cuppa and a chat joined doctoral students for PhD in an Hour events at cafes around the city centre. As the evening fell, Explorathon Edinburgh took on a distinctly grown-up feel, with debate raging at the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas and a post-apocalyptic world being unveiled at Steampunk Science.


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