A voyage of exploration into research

The University of Strathclyde is joining an exploration of the vast possibilities of research this month.

Strathclyde are co-hosting a series of events in Glasgow, alongside the University of Glasgow, as part of Explorathon 2018, Scotland’s European Researchers’ Night, on 28-29 September.

Researchers from the University will be offering informative and entertaining insights into subjects including voice recognition, the science of food and space debris.

Explorathon will be taking place around Europe, with events happening across Scotland in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Fife and Tayside.

Dr Joy Leckie, Marketing, Knowledge Exchange and Outreach Co-ordinator in Strathclyde’s Department of Chemical & Process Engineering, said: “Research should be accessible to everyone. It tells us so much about the world around us, helps us to save our planet, explore space and even predict the future.

“Explorathon is a great opportunity to encourage young people to consider research in all subjects as a career and to think about how it helps in everyday life. We want every inventor and researcher of the future, and all curious learners, to be able to engage with local researchers at these events.”

Strathclyde events include:

  • A showcase at Accessible Explorathon by School of Education Lecturer Dr Jane Essex. She will lead an interactive science activity in which participants will test the strengths of different shapes of pasta and pasta cooked for different lengths of time. The event has been particularly designed to be suitable for people with additional support needs, in a calmer, less crowded environment, with quiet spaces available. Riverside Museum, 10 am – 11 am, Friday 28 September. No booking required
  • A presentation at the Explorathon Extravaganza. Dr David Robertson, a Lecturer in Strathclyde’s School of Psychological Sciences & Health, will lead a study of voice recognition, in which participants will be invited to identify voices and compare their scores with those of skilled ‘super-recognisers’. Riverside Museum, 6 pm – 10 pm, Friday 28 September. Book for this event.
  • A Beautiful Planet and the Secret World of Space Junk. Peter McGinty, Network Administrator in Strathclyde’s Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, will be the resident researcher at the screening of two films on the risks of space debris and the challenges of managing it while continuing space exploration. Glasgow Science Centre, Saturday 29 September. Both of these screenings are now fully booked.            

Twitter users can keep up to date on Explorathon events by following @ernscot and using the hashtag #explorathon18. 

Explorathon (European Researchers’ Night Scotland) is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Actions programme (Grant agreement No. 818500).