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Date. EXPORATHON is Scotland’s European Researchers’ Night 2019 and will take place from 27 to 28 September.

What is it? 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.

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.

Get involved

This year, both researchers and volunteers are needed 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.

Express your interest. Deadline was on 14 June, but applications are still taken into account, apply here.  

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