Explorathon in Aberdeen

EXPLORATHON is back in Aberdeen on Friday 29 September. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up-to-date with our new exciting 2017 programme of activities taking place across Aberdeen to celebrate European Researchers’ Night.

Join over 50 experts from archaeology to zoology hosting talks, films, shows, comedy and hands-on fun.

Most events are FREE.  

You can view the full 2017 programme here

Events for the family

Explorathon in the City Centre

University of Aberdeen 

EXPLORATHON 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.

Picture by Michal Wachucik / Abermedia

EXPLORATHON in the City Centre

Pedestrian area, St Nicholas St, AB10 1HE and Bon Accord Shopping Centre, AB25 1HZ

10.00 – 17.00 

Admission FREE, no booking required (drop-in). 

Suitable for all ages.

Join us for an all day extravaganza of research, medieval food, science and discovery. 

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EXPLORATHON at Aberdeen Science Centre

Aberdeen Science Centre, Constitution Street, AB24 5TU

16.00 – 20.00

Admission £1 per person, no booking required.

Bring the whole family for a great line-up of exciting shows, hands on activities, singing and science!  

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Green Land Ice Sheet

The Greenland Ice Sheet Talk

Aberdeen Science Centre, Constitution Street, AB24 5TU

17.30 – 18.15

Admission £1, no booking required, limited to 40 on first come first served basis.

Have you ever wanted to know more about the Arctic and wondered why the Greenland Ice Sheet is so important?

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Talks and Debates

Dr Tavis Potts

Our spectacular coast

Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow, AB11 5BY

12.30 – 13.30

Admission FREE, booking required, please click here.

Ages 12+.

Explore the importance of Aberdeen Bay.

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PechaKucha Aberdeen

Belmont Filmhouse Belmont Street, AB10 1JS

18.00 – 18.45

Admission FREE, no booking required. 

Join us for a fascinating night of fast paced, visual talks each lasting 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

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Exploring for evidence of life

Aberdeen Science Centre, Constitution Street, AB24 5TU 

18.30 – 19.15

Admission £1.

No booking required, limited to 40 on first come first served basis.

Ages 12+

Learn about technologies used to look for life in extreme environments on earth.

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Cafe Sci

Explorathon 2015

Picture by Michal Wachucik / Abermedia

Cafe Scientifique Aberdeen

Waterstones’ Union Bridge, AB11 6BG

19.00 – 20.15

Admission FREE

Just how do you turn crude oil into a plastic bag?

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Evening Events

Kathleen Cronine


Aberdeen Science Centre, Constitution Street, AB24 5TU

19.15 – 20.00

Admission £1

No booking required, limited to 40 on first come first served basis.

Ages 12+

Discover the secrets of singing!

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Pub quiz

Pub Quiz!

Belmont Cinema, AB10 1JS

19:00 – 20:30

Admission FREE, booking required please click here

Join in the fun with our teasing and challenging museum pub quiz.

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Total Recall

Sci-Screen: Total Recall

Belmont Filmhouse, 49 Belmont St AB10 1JS

19:30 – 22:00 

Tickets £6 available from the Belmont Filmhouse or via phone 01224 343500

Cert 15

The popular Sci-Screen series continues with Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall

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Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice

Blue Lamp AB25 1BU

20:30 – Late 

Tickets £6/£4 – booking required, please click here

Ages 18+

Explore the real science and history behind this popular TV programme.

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