Meet our scientists at Doors Open Day



From robots and smartphone microscopes to a marine touch tank and dinosaurs – all age groups are invited to a very special Doors Open Day at the Lyell Centre on Saturday 29 September.

Scientists from Heriot-Watt University and the British Geological Survey (BGS) will be on hand to chat about their amazing research at the special event in Edinburgh. The doors of the Lyell Centre will be thrown open as guests are treated to short talks as well as hands-on activities.

Budding scientists will be able to explore the lives of robots and get up and close with sea beasties in a marine touch tank.

Dr Laura Wicks, Heriot-Watt University's Public Engagement Co-ordinator said: “This is sure to be a fun-packed day out for all the family.

“Scientists will be revealing their secrets and there will be the chance to discover what goes on behind the doors at the Lyell Centre.

“We're really glad to be working in partnership with BGS on such a superb event.”

Co-Director of the Lyell Centre Tracy Shimmield, BGS said: “We're delighted to welcome the public to the Lyell Centre on Doors Open Day and are looking forward to sharing our science with them.

“There will be a lot to learn about, and something for everyone.”  

The event is free and is suitable for all age groups. Talks and tours will be available and can be booked at the venue on the day. 

This year's Doors Open Day event links into Heriot-Watt University's Year of Sea campaign – which is a year-long calendar of activity, spanning schools, the public, academia, industry collaborators, funders and policy makers.