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Exploring research in Scotland

The EXPLORATHON events have been held in Scotland since 2014, with the aim of increasing public awareness of researchers’ work and their achievements. The EU-funded EXPLORATHON 2020 project will build on the success of the previous events to offer a blockbuster edition of the European Researcher’s Night across the entire country. The project will train researchers to address the general public. Moreover, it will engage the wider public from both urban and remote rural areas in a variety of events and scientific experiments to increase interest in research and researchers’ work. The project will focus primarily on secondary and upper primary school children to remove stereotypes surrounding researchers' work and encourage young people to envisage research careers.


Our proposal builds on the success of EXPLORATHON in Scotland from 2014 to date and will deliver a blockbuster edition of the NIGHT across all of Scotland. We will engage with audiences in the main urban centres in Scotland as well as in hard to reach audiences in rural areas and geographically isolated communities in the Highlands and Islands. We will use our full expertise of marketing, social media and styles of engagement to mobilise our researchers and train them to engage with the public. We will use a variety of different styles of engagement from comedy to drama, to online and fun hands-on science experiments to enthuse the public about research and researchers. Working with key partners across Scotland we will showcase to secondary and upper primary aged school children the array of research careers that are on offer and bust myths about researchers.


Net EU contribution
€ 88 341,00
King's college regent walk
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
United Kingdom

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Scotland North Eastern Scotland Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 35 766,75

Participants (4)