Scottish Researchers' Night

Scottish Researchers' Night

explorathon eventScottish Researchers' Night brings together academics, school pupils and the public on one night across Scotland and beyond to celebrate and showcase the best research.

This year's Scottish Researchers' Night, 'EXPLORATHON', will take place in September 2022 and is co-ordinated by the University of Aberdeen in partnership with St Andrews, Glasgow and Strathclyde universities, staging simultaneous events across Scotland.

The organisers are currently seeking expressions of interest to take part or run an event as part of Explorathon. Find out more below about the opportunities to take part and register your interest by completing the form at the bottom of the page.

Researchers in Schools

Researchers have the opportunity to engage school audiences with their research through the Researchers in Schools activities. Activity in this area can be delivered from August 2022 until February 2024.

Develop your own idea on your research topic, or link in to exisiting programmes such as STEM Ambassadors and Skype a Scientist.

Training will be on offer to researchers who express an interest.

Find out more by completing the form

Scottish Research Showcase

Friday 3 November 2022

Engage with Twitter users all over Scotland and beyond about your research in the Scottish Research Showcase. This showcase of research going on in Scotland allows you to collaborate with researchers from different institutions:

  • Create a two-minute video, talk, animation about your research or career and then take 15-minutes to answer questions from viewers.
  • Write an informative Twitter thread
  • Take part in a livestreamed discussions

Participants will receive training to create their video and will be supported to post their video.

Watch some of last year's videos using the hashtag #GlobalScienceShow

Register now on the Global Science Show page


Pecha Kucha Talks

Date of event - Monday 28 November 2022

Japanese for 'chit chat', this fun and dynamic presentation style allows you to talk about your research in an engaging way.

Researchers will receive training to take part in this event.

Register to receive more information

Researcher-led activities

PERU are interested in hearing from researchers with their own ideas of an event to hold during Explorathon.

In particular, we are keen to hear ideas which link to the university's interdisciplinary challenges.

Please complete the form and indicate your idea.

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Bright Club

8 December 2022

Bright Club is a collection of comedy-club-style events in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia promoting public engagement by scientists, academics and others with specialist knowledge. It has been described by The Guardian as "a 'thinking person's' comedy night", and by Londonist as "where funny meets brain.

Engage an adult public audience was a 6-minute set about research.

Researchers taking part will receive training and support from a comedian to develop and perform their set.

Register now

Family fun at Aberdeen Science Centre

3 December 2022

Engage with family audiences and young children through hands-on, interactive demonstrations and activites at our family fun day at Aberdeen Science Centre.

Research groups are encouraged to support this event as this is a whole day event.

Fill in the registration form and email it to