Taking science to the streets at FUTURES2020

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As part of the programme of activities for FUTURES2020 we are taking research to where the people are in an exciting collaboration with Southgate Shopping Centre in the heart of Bath with Science at Southgate. We're on the hunt for researchers who would like to try science busking by sharing their research with quick-fire demos and explanations to help develop their public engagement skills. Fancy joining us to share your research on the street?

Science busking

Taking place in settings you may not expect, science busking is an informal, participatory and fun way to engage people with research. Science Busking involves approaching people, catching their attention using a range of intriguing demonstrations or props and sharing your work in an interactive way. Taking place on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 November, Science at Southgate will involve a team of researchers taking to the streets and busking with the support of a team of trained science buskers.

Develop your public engagement skills

Never done anything like this before? Fear not, as part of participating in the programme we are running training workshops covering idea generation and development as well as communication and performance skills. These sessions will get you started in engaging a variety of non-specialists audience with your researcher and help improve your communication skills for public engagement.

Get involved

Spaces are limited for Science at Southgate and will be allocated on a first come first-served basis. Drop us a line to find out more about the opportunity or send Dean Veall an email to register your interest by Monday 12 October. 


Taking place on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 November 2020, FUTURES2020 is a European Researchers' Night, and is one of just three UK based projects of the 51 projects across 30 European countries. FUTURES2020 involves researchers from Bath Spa University, University of Exeter and University of Plymouth joining the University of Bath and University of Bristol to showcase their work.

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.

Dean Veall is Deputy Head of Public Engagement

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