Explorathon in Edinburgh

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Join us for a smorgasbord of enticing events to celebrate EU Researchers Night in Edinburgh on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September!

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Explorathon @ The Botanics

 John Hope Gateway

 Fri 12pm-4pm

 No booking required 

Discover a world of fascinating stories and investigations into the health of plants and our planet at the Botanics. Meet researchers, play a virtual forest strategy game and delve into the secrets of the soil with a range of fun activities and things to see and do.


Explorathon @ Leith Labs

Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre

 Fri 12pm-7pm

No booking required

Fancy finding out about the amazing things happening in the world of research while you do your shopping? Join us for an extravaganza of science demonstrations, amazing installations and fascinating exhibits alongside inspiring drop-in talks for adults with the Living Memory Association.


Murder at the Museum

 National Museum of Scotland

 Fri 12pm-4pm

 No booking required

Join our experts to explore forensic science and crime. Test your forensic reconstruction skills, learn about the lethal links between poison and herbalism, and dig into the stories behind death, past and present.

In partnership with the National Museum of Scotland. Part of Dig It! 2017
and VisitScotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology


Explorathon @ WHALE Arts


  Fri 2pm-4pm

Booking essential

Creative activity session for 6-10 year-olds from the community-led arts charity and social enterprise, WHALE Arts. Come along to see how research meets fun!


Curiosity Forest Lates

 Charteris Centre

 Fri 6pm-9pm

 No booking required

Join us for Edinburgh’s art and research-inspired evening for adults in a beautiful indoor woodland! Enjoy inspiring, challenging and entertaining stories from the world of research with a glass of a wine on this night out for the curious.


Brexit: Cliff Edge or Launchpad?

Edinburgh City Chambers

 Fri 7pm-9pm

No booking required

Join us for a special meeting of the Edinburgh Active Citizenship Group. Tonight the topic under discussion is Brexit: Cliff Edge or Launch Pad? Hear from Professor of Territorial Politics Nicola McEwen and share your views in this lively and wide-ranging discussion.

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Explorathon @ Edinburgh Cafe Scientifique

Levels Cafe

 Fri 7.30pm-9.30pm

No booking required

Dinosaurs are icons of prehistory, but how did they grow to such huge sizes and become so dominant? What do new discoveries from Scotland reveal about the lifestyles of these 170-million-year old beasts? Come find out more from University of Edinburgh dinosaur specialist, Steve Brusatte.



Explorathon @ Curiosity Forest

 Charteris Centre

 Sat 10am-5pm

 No booking required

Curiosity Forest returns! Join us for Edinburgh’s art and research-inspired event in a beautiful indoor woodland! Plenty of activities to delight children and their families.
In partnership with the Curiosity Forest and the Charteris Centre


Explorathon @ WHALE Arts


 Sat 10am-3pm

 No booking required

A fun, interactive, creative session for children from the community-led social enterprise, WHALE Arts. Come along to see how research meets fun!
In partnership with WHALE Arts