Share your research as part of FUTURES 2019

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Contact the Public Engagement Unit at to sign up for these activities. The deadline for signing up to all activties is Friday 6th September. 

In 2018 the University of Bath, University of Bristol and Bath Spa University were successful in an application to the European Commission to host FUTURES, a one night festival of discovery celebrating the research taking place across the South West. We here at the Public Engagement Unit are thrilled to bring FUTURES back for a second year and have an exciting range of activities for you to get involved in, fancy joining commuters on a train to share your work or taking part in a pop-up science party at the 195 year old Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution?

What is FUTURES?

FUTURES is part of European Researchers’ Night, a Europe-wide celebration of research and innovation happening in over 300 cities all over Europe.

Last year European Researchers’ Night took place in 371 cities with 33,000 researchers and reached 1.5 million visitors!

In Bristol and Bath FUTURES reached over 5000 people across 21 events and involved 229 researchers from the University of Bath, University of Bristol, Cardiff University and Bath Spa University.

Why get involved?

FUTURES is a chance to celebrate and share your research with the public in Bristol and Bath. FUTURES gives you the chance to:

  • Meet likeminded researchers from the University of Bath and beyond
  • Gain access to exclusive training opportunities
  • Develop your own skills in public engagement
  • Make a positive difference to the local community
  • Have fun!

Here’s what visitors thought of FUTURES last year:

“Great event, and even better that it is free so anyone can attend. Will look forward to next year”

“It was amazing to get to know how science is used to improve our lives”

“Very engaging team of researchers and intriguing activities to stimulate thought about the nature of research and break down some of its forbidding, "authoritative" image”

How to get involved?

Pop-up Science Party @ BRLSI – Friday 27th September, 6 – 10pm

Come along to a party with a difference. Bring along your best science demo’s and interactive activities to the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution for a Science Party! There’ll be a bar and DJ alongside interactive science activities and science comedy.

You can bring along your interactive activities or have a go at a 10-minute comedy set about your research. Professional Comedian, Dr Steve Cross, will provide Science comedy training for researchers interested in performing a 10 minute stand-up set.

Walking with Scientists – Saturday 28th September, 1.30pm and 5.30pm

Take a walking tour of Bath focussed on Bath’s unique science history and the current research that makes our city so fascinating.

To take part in Walking With Scientists all you'll need is a 10 minute talk about your research which can be delivered somewhere in Bath that links to your research e.g. The Herschel Museum for astrophysics or Pultney Wier for water research. The Public Engagement Unit can help you think of a location if you're struggling!

Researchers on a Train – Saturday 28th September, times TBC

We’re inviting researchers to board trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa and spend the journey chatting to passengers about your research. This is a chance to engage with an unusual audiences and sharpen your presentation skills.

David Price from Science Made Simple will be providing Science Busking Training to help you hone your skills with science busking.

Up Late @ the Holburne, Friday 27th September, 5 – 9pm

Come along to the Hoburne museum for an evening of research and art collaborations. We’re looking for stand-alone creative activities such as creative writing, poster exhibitions, scavenger hunts or something else.

Contact the Public Engagement Unit at to sign up for these activities. The deadline for signing up to all activties is Friday 6th September. 


Rob Cooper is a Public Engagement Officer at the University of Bath

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