Biomedical Sciences Research Complex

Public engagement activities in BSRC

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30th September 2016

Explorathon is a Scotland-wide celebration of research held on European Researchers’ Night celebrating the innovative and important research being undertaken in our Institutes. You are invited to take part in this year’s activities on Friday the 30th of September.

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European Researchers’ Night 2015 Research Fair Activities

Daytime activities will be conducted in schools and venues through out 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.

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.

The XX factor event
XX Factor event for the 2016 Women in Science Festival.

To encourage innovative, interactive and engaging ways of communicating your research we are also providing a public engagement bursary scheme supported by the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund. Applications for bursaries of £200, £400 or £600 are sought from all research-active students and staff.  Interdisciplinary applications are encouraged. More details on the Bursaries page. Support for your application, including development and delivery of activities, will be provided by the public engagement officer, Dr Mhairi Stewart. Applicants are encouraged to contact Mhairi with any pre-submission queries at


Take part

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 is availability within the programme for shorter (1-2 hour) performances, discussion and events in these spaces. Examples of previous events include Chimp on Trial, Partition: the Calcutta Question 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

We invite you to bring interactive and engaging activities to the Explorathon research fair being held over the 1st, 2nd and 4th floor foyers of the Byre Theatre all evening until late on the 30th of September.

To submit an activity proposal please use our online form.

There are a number of small bursaries available to develop new events. Details here.

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?
  • Explorathon at ParkRun. An unique opportunity to bring your research to the participants of ParkRun on Saturday 1st October.

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.