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Join Bristol researchers for a Friday night with a difference

Jon Craig

Jon Craig

Press release issued: 24 September 2015

Scientists from across Bristol are joining forces for Bristol Bright Night – a fun opportunity to learn more and meet the people behind the intriguing research taking place in the city.

The University of Bristol, UWE Bristol and the Bristol Natural History Consortium (BNHC) have organised a packed schedule of events with everything from comedy to cookery, street theatre to bite-size talks.

Bristol has been selected to stage one of only five science events in the UK, as part of the prestigious annual European Researchers' Night programme. This sees around 300 cities running events simultaneously across 24 countries, and is funded by the EU Commission to engage citizens in celebrating the latest and most stimulating research at both a local and international level.

At the inaugural event last year, around 3,000 people interacted with the activities. From an interactive Research Fair for school children during the day to a researcher takeover of At-Bristol in the evening, Bristol's Harbourside will host a range of free, engaging, hands-on activities for all ages.

Dr Carole Fureix, Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow at the University of Bristol, said: “This event is all about showing how the research we are doing at the Universities is relevant to our day to day life. It is also a great opportunity to meet researchers from many different fields and get to ask them all the burning questions you may have about research and what it means to be a researcher. There will be something for everyone: stand-up comedy, street theatre, science poetry, plenty of hands-on activities and even some cooking.”

As part of Bristol Bright Night, science meets art and hits the streets of Bristol via wacky and wonderful pop-up street performances. Pirates, weathermen, fish and surfers will be popping up all over the city centre to showcase sustainability research at the University of Bristol.

To see scurvy pirates, a talking weather map and sunflowers doing yoga, check out the full street theatre schedule.

At-Bristol is the venue for the interactive Researchers’ Fair. Over 100 researchers from the University of Bristol and UWE Bristol will host 35 fun, interactive activities for all ages. 

For further information, including the full programme, please visit Follow the event on Twitter via @BrisBrightNight #BristolBrightNight and on Facebook at Bristol Bright Night 2015.


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