Doors Open Day

Each September, Heriot-Watt and the British Geological Survey take part in Edinburgh Doors Open Day!

This year we open up the doors to the Lyell Centre, the home of the British Geological Survey and Heriot-Watt University scientists and engineers, on Saturday 29th September.

Drop in to see us between 10 am and 4pm and find out about the cool research our scientists do; get hands-on with robots, sea creatures, microscopes and more!   

A taster of our drop in activities
Marine Touch Tanks Get up close and personal with some wee sea beaties! Dip your hands in our Tidepool Touch Tank to touch sea urchins, anemones and other marine animals - and find out more about them from our marine scientists!
Robotastic Come and meet robots of all shapes and sizes - from Cozmo, the latest in our RoboCation project, to Pepper the humanoid helper.
Atomic Architects

Visit our Quantum Photonics team who will help you:

Exfoliate a single layer of atoms from a material, and look at it through a microscope

Get hands-on with a large interactive model to create a layered ‘crystal’

View an LED under a microscope and on the TV screens that’s only a few atoms thick

Explore the Deep With over 70% of our planet covered with water, there is still so much to discover about the deep oceans. Come along and find out how we go 1000's of metres underwater, and what we find there!
Microscopic time capsules Find out how tiny foraminfera have helped us understand how our oceans have changed....and what does that have to do with popcorn!?
Uh oh, Oil! Create your own oil spill...and learn how our scientists are working out the best way to clean it up!

As well as taking part in the fun and interactive drop in activities, on the day you will also be able to sign up for:

  •  a visit to our 3D visualisation suite
  •  a tour of our robotic assisted living lab
  •  a programme of short but informative talks with Q & A sessions for those who are keen to   know more

Event details

  • Drop in between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 29th September 2018
  • Entry is free and so is the parking!
  • The Lyell Centre (EH14 4AP) is located on the right hand side as you enter the Edinburgh campus, with parking available in Car Park A. 
  • A campus map and directions is available.

In addition to the Lyell Centre, this year Heriot-Watt will also open two more doors....

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Museum

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Scotland Branch houses some 300 items, many of which have Edinburgh connections. On display will be a unique collection of items from all three bridges over the Forth (some recently acquired), a fine selection of surveying instruments, early 19th Century plate rails and much more. 

This event is free to attend, although booking is required.

Further information is available via the online booking system.

Heriot-Watt University Museum and Archive

Located at our Edinburgh Campus on the ground floor of the Cameron Smail Library, the Museum will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 29th September.  

Supported by Museums Galleries Scotland, our museum tells the inspiring story of the University's development from its origins in Edinburgh's Old Town to Scotland's International University. It also reveals how our commitment to sustainability and the stewardship of our verdant campus is rooted in a rich heritage of campus and community life stretching back over 800 years to the turbulent times of Robert the Bruce.

This event is free to attend and booking is not required.

Key information

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