We’re very excited to have the Explorathon Glasgow team blogging for Glasgow City of Science and Innovation over the next 6 weeks. Today, marks the launch of their 2017 programme of activity for European Researchers’ Night. Read on to get a flavour of what’s in store…


Discover the exiting and unexpected research taking place on your doorstep. Meet the people behind the research and find out how research is shaping the world around us! Join us during Explorathon 2017, on Friday 29 September, as we celebrate the fourth European Researchers’ Night*, in venues across Scotland.

In Glasgow, our researchers are geared up for an extravaganza of discovery, debate and entertainment in iconic venues such as the Riverside Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the Forge Shopping Centre.

There’s something for everyone from toddlers to teenagers and adults too, with a packed programme of events in the afternoon and evening of the 29th and a selection of activities to choose from on Saturday morning (30th Sept).

During the day there will be a busy school programme, with around 40 schools in Glasgow hosting researchers to deliver hands-on activities, discussions, debates and interactive workshops. Pupils will have the opportunity to find out about a career in research and take part in our ‘if I was a researcher, I would research…’ social media competition.

Highlights from the programme include, an evening with best-selling science writer Simon Singh as he explores the mathematical secrets hidden within popular TV show, The Simpsons; the UK premiere of ‘Govan Young’, a documentary film which discovers the lost kingdom of Strathclyde with help from pupils at Pirie Park Primary School.

Our popular Explorathon Extravaganza! returns, this year hosted by the award winning Riverside Museum. You can wander down the Old Street where you’ll find researchers in shops and explore interactive activities amongst the exhibits. You’ll have the chance to meet robots or test if you are a super-face recogniser in our ‘passport control’ area!

Visit the Explorathon website for the full programme of events and discover how you can get involved in events in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and St. Andrews. All events are free however booking may be required. Follow us on social media for the latest updates: @ernscot #explorathon17

Look-out for more posts, each week on the run up to Explorathon 2017, as we reveal more of the exciting programme!

*EXPLORATHON (European Researchers’ Night Scotland) is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Actions programme. Grant agreement No 722967