May madness and Mayhem across Aberdeen

May madness and Mayhem across Aberdeen

Aberdeen is set to play host to a diverse and fascinating series of events set to inspire and educate people of all ages and backgrounds.

The Mayhem programme runs alongside the May Festival and promises to deliver something for everyone throughout May at different locations across the city.

Both King’s and Zoology museums will come alive from 5pm to 7pm on Saturday 16 May for Night at the Museum: An Ancient Egyptian Adventure. In this free, fun-filled, family event there will be scary scorpions and cuddly meerkats to hold, tales of ancient Egypt, face painting and tips on how to mummify someone!

The ever-popular Café Med series will draw to a close on Monday 25 May at 6pm where Prof. Judith Masthoff, Chair in Computing Science and Dr Peter Murchie, Clinical Consultant in Applied Health Sciences, describe how they are developing new technology that can allow skin cancer patients carry out regular check-ups from their own homes.  As part of the celebrations for The International Year of Light, Café Scientifique sees Dr John Reid, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Natural and Computing Sciences explore how we understand light and how Aberdeen has helped shape this understanding.  This informal and insightful event will be held at Waterstones, on May 27 at 7pm.

The innovative and exciting PechaKucha format returns to Belmont Filmhouse on Tuesday 26 May at 7pm.  Devised in Tokyo, the PechaKucha allows participants to show 20 images for 20 seconds each to discuss their art, research, design and inspired ideas. 

How would you survive the end of the world? This is the topic for discussion in the popular Skeptics in the Pub event at Cellar 35, Rosemount Viaduct on Thursday 28 May from 7.30pm.  Dr Lewis Darnell, research fellow at the University of Leicester, who has also featured on the BBC’s Stargazing Live, will lead the discussion on the fundamentals of how our world works, and what drove the progression of civilisation over the centuries.

Dr Heather Doran, Project Officer from Public Engagement with Research at The University of Aberdeen said: “The May Festival weekend boasts lots of great events for everyone to enjoy but we also have a host of events outwith the main programme to get the festivities started. 

“We are thrilled to invite the public to come along to these events to join in with the Mayhem!”

Further information can be found at and the fun can be followed at #mayfestival and @UoA_whatson

The University of Aberdeen May Festival runs from Friday, May 29 to Sunday, May 31. Tickets for all events can be booked by visiting or through the Aberdeen Box Office on 01224 641122.