From family-friendly, interactive talks exploring the weird and wonderful world of illusions (Master of Illusion, 23 September) to language tasters for beginners (Italian & Spanish, 25 September), an immunology-themed escape room (The Great Immune Escape, 21 September) and talks revealing the latest medical research including medical imaging and the spinal cord, there’s plenty to dip into this year at the Explorathon Festival, all from the comfort of your home.

This year, the Explorathon team have partnered with cultural hub ‘You Call That Radio’ to present the first ever Explorathon Pub Quiz (23 September, 7pm). Featuring crowd-sourced questions from researchers across Scotland, the quiz will stream live on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, with prizes to be won and performances from local artists.

Grab your knitting needles for ‘Spinning a Yarn about Chemistry’, and join Beth Paschke and Shazia Ahmed to knit chemistry-themed patterns and celebrate the 275th anniversary of the School of Chemistry. Wool and patterns will be provided – just register online and receive your free materials in the post.

Give your sleeping habits a makeover and pick up tips at Maria Gardani’s event on 22 September, which will uncover the latest research in getting a good night’s kip.

How good are you at spotting fake news, photos and videos? Yvonne Skipper’s interactive workshop (Project Real, 22 September) for parents and children will test your detective skills.

Why don’t women talk more in video games? Join a lunchtime workshop on 23 September with philosopher Dr Steph Rennick and linguist Dr Sean Roberts to explore dialogue and gender and hear the results of an ongoing study of female characters.

Follow @ernscot on Twitter for the Scottish Researcher Showcase on 17 September. Be inspired by watching a different researcher explains their research every 15 minutes.

This is just a flavour of what’s in store! For the full programme and booking, visit