European Researchers' Night, funded by the EU under the Horizon 2020 scheme, involves academics, school pupils and the public on one night across Europe to celebrate and showcase the best innovative and developmental research. Funding was awarded to the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Strathclyde and the Beltane Network.


On 30 September 2016, academics and researchers from across the Scottish Universities shared their research with the public in a diverse range of locations. In Edinburgh, we linked with Leith Labs for a of a two-day extravaganza of science demonstrations, roaming scientists and scienceart workshops.

With the City of Methodist Church, the Curiosity Forest returned, with art and research-inspired activities in a beautiful indoor woodland! And finally, we hosted fun, interactive, creative sessions for 7-10 year olds from the community-led arts charity and social enterprise, WHALE Arts. A video of the night can be found on the Beltane website.


In 2015, the Explorathon took place across Scotland on 25 September, with RZSS Edinburgh Zoo as the flagship venue in Edinburgh, showcasing Heriot-Watt research to the public through interactive activities, talks and discovery trails.

This mini science festival offered the public a zoo-perb opportunity to learn from roar-inspiring scientists, educators and researchers. We showcased the ground-breaking scientific research being undertaken at Edinburgh’s universities, asking “what do researchers really do and why does it matter to me?”

There was a trail around the zoo, taking the public to different science related activities. Plus we offered 500 tickets, sponsored by Heriot-Watt, to communities across the city.

See some amazing photos from the day on our Flickr channel.

2014 - ONE Night, UNLIMITED Discovery

This extravaganza of discovery, debate and entertainment takes place annually in 300 cities across the EU, to bring the world of research to the general public. In Edinburgh, a myriad of activities were hosted at Our Dynamic Earth, The National Museum of Scotland, the Botanic gardens and at various cafes across the city, bringing together academics from across the Edinburgh Universities.

A Dynamic afternoon

At Our Dynamic Earth, Heriot-Watt’s scientists from the Schools of Life Sciences and Engineering and Physical Sciences amazed and inspired around 800 adults and children. From deep sea robots and the coral reefs they help protect, to arctic exploration and glowing jellyfish that let us see inside the tiny world of living cells, the afternoon was a chance for the public to see what researchers really do and why it matters.