Explorathon - Scottish Researchers' Night

Explorathon - Scottish Researchers' Night

Explorathon thistle logo with strapline Making Research RealScottish Researchers' Night brings together academics, school pupils and the public across Scotland and beyond to celebrate and showcase the best research.

This year's Scottish Researchers' Night, 'EXPLORATHON', will take place on Saturday 30 September 2023 and is co-ordinated by the University of Aberdeen in partnership with St Andrews, Glasgow and Strathclyde universities, staging simultaneous in-person and online events across Scotland.

Researcher Recruitment Now Live for 2023!

The organisers are currently seeking expressions of interest from researchers to take part or run an event as part of Explorathon. Staff and postgraduate researchers in all disciplines are welcome to participate. Find out more about the opportunities to take part by attending one of our Researcher Information Events detailed below (please just register for one), or by viewing the opportunities below:

Registration form for information sessions

Thursday 27th April, 12.30pm-1.30pm. 2nd Floor Seminar Room, Sir Duncan Rice Library

Wednesday 3rd May, 12.30pm-1.30pm, IMS Level 5 Meeting Room

Wednesday 10th May, 12.30pm-1.30pm, Online Teams Meeting

Hall of Mayhem

Do you have exciting and interesting research you want to communicate with the public about?

We are looking for hands-on, interactive demonstrations in our Hall of Mayhem which takes place on Saturday 30 September at the Aberdeen Music Hall.

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. If you are selected you will be provided with a room and marketing support for the event.

HERStory Makers

HERStory Makers challenges female researchers across Scotland and Europe to inspire the next generation by telling their story in research.

Create a short video, explaining your research or your career to date and the audience votes for their favourite. The winning entries from Scotland will then go forward to the European final.

Training will be available.

Register to take part

Scottish Research Showcase

1 September 2023

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 for training:

11 May 2023 (please note this will take you to the University of St Andrews site where you will need to register)


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 existing programmes such as STEM Ambassadors and Skype a Scientist.

Training will take place on 17 May 2023 online. Register now to book a place