Public Events

Throughout 2017, there were opportunities for children, families and adults to meet our robots and scientists, and learn more about what the future could hold for robotics and artificial intelligence.

British Science Week - Girl Guides meet the Robots

March @ HWU

Guides and Brownies from across Scotland were invited to visit Heriot-Watt and meet some of our robots and the scientists working to create the future! Further details on the British Science Association website. 

Edinburgh International Science Festival

April @ National Museum of Scotland

The University has been involved in the Edinburgh International Science Festival for many years as a Funding Partner. In 2017, we were delighted to be taking part in multiple events around the city to celebrate the HWU Year of Robotics.

Pint of Science 

May @ Safari Lounge, Edinburgh

The Pints of Science Festival brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research and findings with you. You don't need any prior knowledge, and this is your chance to meet the people responsible for the future of science (and have a pint with them).

Innovation Robotics

June @ EICC

Ahead of UK Robotics Week, the EICC welcomed keynote speakers from Heriot-Watt University and the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics - Professor Ruth Aylett and Dr Thusha Rajendran. Further details on the EICC website


July & August, Cheshire & Hampshire

The Year of Robotics team were delighted to have been invited to attend CarFest North in Cheshire. The team demonstrated the fun side of our robotics work; with interactive demos and activities for all ages.

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas

August @ Edinburgh Fringe

Debate, Discussion and Discourse at the Edinburgh Fringe - this year featuring Dr Ruth Aylett, in 'The Robots are Coming!'. 

Doors Open Day 

September @ HWU

We opened the doors to the Lyell Centre at Heriot-Watt, for the public to come in and meet some of our researchers and robots and see what the future for robotics research holds!

Meet the Robots @ The Explorathon

September @ Various Venues

As part of EU Researchers Night, Heriot-Watt's robots headed off to Ocean Terminal as part of Leith Labs, allowing the public to see what the future will bring for robots and us. 

Robotarium Launch

October @ HWU

ROBOTARIUM West  officially launched in October, with events for schools, alumni, policymakers and partners. 

Scottish Parliamentary Reception

November @ the Scottish Parliament

This dynamic, hands on and interactive event gave Heriot-Watt an opportunity to engage with MSPs from across Scotland, with the intention of increasing awareness and understanding of the potential for robotics in Scotland.

Key information

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