Research without Borders festival

Research without Borders is the University of Bristol's public festival of postgraduate research.

This year’s festival includes evening discussions at the Watershed and a showcase exhibition in Colston Hall. The exhibition will feature 50+ interactive exhibits which celebrate the work of our postgraduate researcher community. Events take place between 7 and 15 May.

What does ‘Research without Borders’ look like: workshop facilitated by the Brigstow Institute (for students only)

A student-only hands-on workshop facilitated by the Brigstow Institute offers our postgraduate researcher community the opportunity to learn about, practice and reflect on the value and practicalities of interdisciplinary and co-produced research approaches and methodology.

Students participating in this workshop will end the session by developing and designing instruments and tools that will facilitate interdisciplinary dialogues between researchers. These tools will be displayed at the Showcase Exhibition on Wednesday, May 15.

Discussion series at the Watershed: panel presentations followed by Q&As

  • Wednesday, 8th May, 18:00-19:30: panel discussion chaired by the Cabot Institute
  • Thursday, 9th May, 18:00-19:30: panel discussion chaired by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute

Showcase Exhibition

More than 50 interactive, hands-on displays will feature the most recent developments at the cutting edge of research from the University of Bristol. The public are invited to learn about what goes on behind the University’s doors and connect with the latest generation of researchers contributing to solutions to the complex challenges facing our world.

From robots to nanoparticles, from prehistoric life to cultural cooking, visitors will be invited to:

    • Become a biological engineer for the day
    • Join a citizen science scheme to promote cat health and welfare
    • Eavesdrop on crocodiles
    • Discover the big ideas behind tiny nanoparticles
    • Learn how to fold proteins
    • Discover how the Romans cooked and ate
    • Explore Earth before the dinosaurs lived on it

And much more!

The exhibition will also feature artist interpretations of researcher work for visitors to view and engage with, including a large-scale public installation created by a group of students in conjunction with a commissioned artist.

Tickets will be available by the end of March.

Key dates

The key dates for this year's festival are:

  • Tuesday 7 May – What does Research without Borders look like? - a workshop in collaboration with the Brigstow Institute
  • Wednesday 8 May – Creating sustainable futures – in collaboration with the Cabot Institute
  • Thursday 9 May – Digital Health - in collaboration with the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute
  • Wednesday 15 May - Showcase exhibition in Colston Hall

Last year's festival

The 2018 festival, which was our biggest and best-attended yet. Find out more about last year’s line-up. 

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