Biomedical Sciences Research Complex

Public engagement activities in BSRC

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Explorathon is a Scotland-wide celebration of research held on European Researchers’ Night highlighting the innovative and important research being undertaken in our Institutes. Get a flavor of last year’s activities in the video below.


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Explorathon 2016 / European Researchers’ Night 2015 Research Fair Activities


You are invited to be a part of this year’s activities on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September.

Daytime activities will be conducted in schools and venues throughout Fife and for this one day and night the entirety of the Byre Theatre will host a Festival of Research with researchers from the Arts, Humanities and Sciences invited to participate and engage our communities, and each other, with research conducted at the University of St Andrews.

This year we are delighted to announce that MUSA will also be an integral part of the research festival, staying open late, hosting research tables and bringing back their sold out ‘Torchlight Tours’.

There are many ways you can be a part of this festival, from bringing a short performance to the auditorium to setting up an interactive table-top activity at the research fair. You can also participate in established events or assist behind the scenes in running the festival; the perfect opportunity for you to take your first steps in public engagement. 

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 ‘Quantum Physics is easy!’ Explorathon 2016




Short Performances

The Byre has an auditorium (capacity 220) and the Lawrence Levy studio (capacity 80). The restaurant and bar area are also potential venues for events. There are also outside venues at both the Byre and MUSA. There is availability within the programme for shorter (1-2 hour) performances, panels and events in these spaces. Examples of previous events include The Science of Sex Differences, Quantum Digits and Dances, Level Up Human and Bright Club. Please also state if you have an external venue in mind for your event. 

To submit an event please use our online form.


Research Fair 

Bring your own interactive and engaging activities to the Explorathon Research Fair being held over the 1st, 2nd and 4th floor foyers of the Byre Theatre and in MUSA all evening until late on 29th September. 

To submit an activity proposal please use our online form.


Established Events

On the evening we will be running a number of events that any researcher can take part in. Some events require very minimal training (10 minutes); some require a training workshop and input in terms of development time. ALL are effective, fun and very engaging. 

Examples below. To receive more information on events please use our online form.


  • Talk to me, I’m a Researcher! A treasure hunt with you - the researcher - as the treasure!
  • Bright Club. Bright Club is a comedy night unlike any other. Researchers, from all fields and backgrounds, take to the stage to perform short stand-up comedy routines about their work. Most performers have never done stand-up before, but all have had their comedy skills honed by professionals. Full training and support to develop your script is provided.
  • The XX Factor. Do you want to inspire the next generation of researchers and promote diversity in research? Open to female PhD students in the Arts, Humanities and Sciences, this flash talk and speed careers event will inspire 11-13 year olds with your research story. Could you walk away with the XX Factor trophy? XX Factor will be live at Auchmuty High School Glenrothes and this year will also be online.
  • Explorers @ Explorathon. The Explorer Scouts (boys and girls aged 14-18) are taking part in an Explorathon themed camp and will be presenting their own research-inspired show. Researchers will work with the Explorers to develop and present hands-on activities, both on the run up to the event and on the day itself.
  • Researcher School Visits. Bring your research to school pupils with a visit to one of our local partner primary or secondary schools. Inspire local children and give them a taster of the world of research. You’ll receive full support as you develop and present your activity.


Assist behind the scenes

Become one of our event team members!

We need people to help out on the day in many aspects including evaluation, e.g. counting the number of visitors and interviewing people on camera, helping people find their way around and helping other researchers in setting up their events.

To receive more information on being part of the events team please use our online form.




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