Join us to celebrate European Researchers’ Night in Aberdeen, and across Scotland, from 23 to 29 November 2020. 

This will be our seventh (but first socially distanced) extravaganza of discovery, debate and entertainment as we celebrate European Researchers’ Night in Aberdeen. Experts from AI to Zoology will be on hand, hosting talks, shows, comedy and hands-on fun, plus there is a whole range of online events and activities to take part in throughout November.

You can view the full programme of events here.  

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The University of Aberdeen Explorathon Events Programme 

When AI Gets It Wrong

Monday 23 November - 3pm - 4pm

Think about the real-world implications of relying on systems that use Artificial Intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being increasingly used in applications from health care to transport to finance. But who do we hold to account when something goes wrong? As we work to remove the human from decision-making processes, what information do we still want to know about who decided how decisions should be made and how the machine is programmed to behave?


During this one-hour, interactive event, we will explore the decisions that are made in developing these systems – including the decisions made by the human designers, builders, and operators, and users of such AI systems and you will be given the chance to “vote” on the best outcomes for proposed scenarios before learning what is happening behind the scenes of those AI systems.

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iCAIRD:Artificial Intelligence in Breast Cancer Screening

Tuesday 24 November - 12pm - 1pm

Learn how artificial intelligence could be used to decrease waiting times for breast cancer screening and diagnosis

Mammograms play a vital role in the detection of breast cancer. However, it is a time intensive process, with examination of mammograms being conducted by up to three consultants. 

An innovative project between the University of Aberdeen, NHS Grampian and Keiron Medical, brought together by the Industrial Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research in Digital Diagnostics (iCAIRD), is assessing whether artificial intelligence could be used to speed up the screening process; reducing waiting times for patients.

Join members of the project group as they discuss the project and explain how artificial intelligence could transform this part of cancer screening.

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Pecha Kucha Night

Tuesday 24 & Wednesday 25 November - 6pm - 7.30pm

Hear from the brightest and best of Scotland's researchers at this fun and dynamic event.

Meaning Japanese for "chit chat" this 20x20 presentation format allows presenters to talk to 20 chosen images, each for 20 seconds. In other words, they've got 400 seconds to tell their story, with visuals guiding the way!

This creative outlet began as nighttime get-togethers in Tokyo in 2003 by two renowned architects. Since then, three million people have attended PechaKucha events worldwide.

More information about each event can be found here - 

Tuesday 24th November

Wednesday 25th November

Making School Uniform Affordable 

Thursday 26 November - 10am - 11am

While some progress has made to make school uniform more affordable in Scotland, with the introduction of a national minimum clothing grant, more could be done, for example with statutory guidance on school uniform and dress code policies, through automatic enrolment for the clothing grant and its rollover from one school year to the next.

Besides the national minimum clothing grant, another way to make school uniforms more affordable is to regularly review the uniform items required by schools. With the proposed incorporation of the UN Convention of Human Rights into Scots law, school uniform policy will be one area that children and young people should be consulted on as article 12 requires that children and young people are able to influence decisions that affect them.

Join this panel discussion where representatives from the University of Aberdeen, the Child Poverty Action Group will examine the affordability of school uniform in Scotland. They will also consider young people’s role in influencing what schools do to ensure all children can participate in and influence decisions being made.

Panellists: Rachel Shanks, University of Aberdeen and Sara Spencer – CPAG

Moderator: Professor Stephen McKinney, University of Glasgow

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Seinn Coisrigte:An Overview of Sacred Singing

Thursday 26 November - 3pm - 4pm

Learn about the role of religious singing within Scottish communities and how it has influenced the cultural identities of these areas.

The influence of Christianity is evident throughout Scottish communities; in social, linguistic, cultural and occupational contexts.

In September 2019, Dr Frances Wilkins of the University of Aberdeen's Elphinstone Institute started working on her latest research project, exploring the sacred singing traditions of the West Highlands and Western Isles. Frances has been interviewing and recording singers from a variety of backgrounds across the region.

Join Frances as she outlines the role of religious singing within Scottish faith communities in the Western Isles and Northern Scotland, showcases a range of musical clips, and discusses singing's role in influencing the identity of these areas.

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Scottish Household Survey

Friday 27 November - 10am - 11am

The Scottish Household Survey (SHS) provides robust evidence on the composition, characteristics, attitudes and behaviour of households and individuals in Scotland as well as evidence on the physical condition of Scotland’s homes. It plays a critical role in helping Government and other bodies and researchers to plan services and policies for Scotland.

Join University of Aberdeen PhD Student Viktoria Eriksson as she discuss the role of the Scottish Household Survey, the data that is collected and outlines the new data explorer tool which has been developed to make the data accessible to all.

The audience will have the opportunity to take part in practical exercises using the data explorer tool.

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