FUTURES - European Researchers' Night, 27-28 November 2020


In November 2020 FUTURES will host its third Festival of Discovery as part of European Researchers’ Night, funded by the European Commission. FUTURES2020 promises to be bigger than ever before with researchers from the University of Bristol joining those from the University of Bath, Bath Spa University, University of Exeter and University of Plymouth to showcase their work.

FUTURES2020 is one of just two UK based projects that are part of the European Researchers’ Night 2020. This year the European Researchers' Night, funded under the Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie actions, will include 51 projects across 30 European countries that bring researchers closer to the general public. The Night showcases the diversity of science and its impact on citizens’ daily lives, stimulating interest in research careers - particularly among young people. In 2019, it attracted 1.6 million visitors across 400 cities in Europe and beyond.

The FUTURES2020 Festival of Discovery will take research directly to the people with digital activities, hands-on experiments, science shows, games, quizzes, competitions, and exhibitions. Researchers will be heading out into shopping centres, botanic gardens, museums, cathedrals, naval vessels, and the streets to share their work.

The Festival is an opportunity for people of all ages to explore the past and discuss the research that is shaping our future with researchers from the region’s Universities as they lead interactive activities and demonstrations across five counties in the South West.

Some of the planned highlights include a special Up Late at Holburne Museum in Bath, a takeover of Exeter Cathedral, talks at Brunel’s SS Great Britain, science busking in The Galleries shopping centre in Bristol, and young people exploring the history of piracy aboard a naval frigate in Plymouth.

FUTURES2020 was originally scheduled for Friday 25 September 2020, however, due to the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will now take place on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 November 2020. We anticipate many of our plans can go ahead with measures in place to protect against COVID-19 but we will also be taking  FUTURES2020 online, creating digital opportunities to engage with exciting research. The full programme will be published in Autumn 2020. The Public Engagement Team is leading on the development of a range of exciting engagement opportunities in Bristol as part of FUTURES2020, including Pop Up Science, a series of activities and events at Brunel’s SS Great Britain, and I’m an EU Scientist, Get Me Out Of Here! If you would like to be involved and share your research with participants, watch this space or drop us an email for more details.