View of Explorathon at the Riverside


What is Explorathon?

European Researchers’ Night is a night (and day) of celebration for research and researchers. The event takes place all across Europe on the last Friday in September. 

In Scotland, we usually celebrate European Researchers’ Night as “Explorathon” which has events in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and St. Andrews, though in 2020 and 2021 we're exploring research online.

The event has been delivered since 2014 and is funded by the European Commission.  It 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.


Explorathon'21 will take place on and around Friday 24th September 2021. The team are working on the exciting programme of activity taking place online, from small workshops to try-at-home experiments, quizes to twitter.

If you are a researcher and would like to run an activity, please complete this form and we'll be in touch. The call is open until 30th June 2021.

To see some of last year's activities, and to be the first to hear when we launch our 2021 programme, you can visit the Explorathon website.


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  • Explorathon'17 Riverside Eye-tracking participant
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  • 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