What is Explorathon?

Explorathon is a Scotland-wide festival run by a partnership of Scottish universities that celebrates the research happening in our universities through a dynamic programme of free public events focusing on ‘Making Research Real’ as well as an exciting series of activities in local schools.

Explorathon sees researchers from across Scotland take to the streets, visit local schools, pop-up at shopping centres, museums and cinemas, to showcase the latest research. It's an opportunity to get up close to cutting-edge research, find out who works in universities, what they do and how you can be part of it.

The aim is to demonstrate the diversity of the research community, emphasising that research is open to all. The mission is to show that no matter who you are – regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity – you can be a researcher and change people’s lives for the better. In short, our activities and researchers “Make Research Real!”


Explorathon '23 will take place in the Riverside Museum on Saturday 30th September between 12 - 3pm,  We have a whole host of researchers ready to chat about what they do and get hands-on to show you!

Entry to the Riverside Museum is free and no booking is necessary for the Explorathon activities.

Explorathon Extravaganza @ The Riverside – explorathon


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  • Faces pixelated
  • Explorathon'17 Riverside Eye-tracking participant
  • 2 people looking at light
  • Boy looking through magic glasses
  • Attendees taking part in an activity
  • Group of school children at Riverside
  • participant wearing eye tracker
  • Looking at light through a spectroscope
  • Boy looking through magic glasses
  • Overhead shot of an activity
  • Children from St Francis' school