FUTURES: a festival of discovery where you can explore the past, create the present and imagine the future


FUTURES is a Festival of Discovery taking place across Bristol and Bath on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September.

Part of European Researchers’ Night it is a unique opportunity to meet the people behind the research that is helping to shape the world we live in.

Researchers from University of Bristol, University of Bath, Bath Spa University and Cardiff University will be leading hands on, interactive activities and demonstrations at venues in both cities.

Together we’ll be looking at how the past has helped to influence the way we live our lives today and how current research is shaping our future.

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FUTURES 2019 will take place in venues across Bristol and Bath on the Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September.

You can journey into the past at the SS Great Britain, spend Saturday night ‘Up Late’ at We the Curious, come along to a pop up Science Party at BRSLI or take a guided walk with a difference around beautiful Bath and much more.

Some events are ticketed, some are drop in and all are completely FREE.

Up Late at Holburne Museum

Come along to a very special Up Late at the Holburne Museum as researchers from University of Bath and Bath Spa University explore the intersections between art and science. Immerse yourself in an eclectic programme of pop-up talks, film screenings, string figuring, feminine writing, scavenger hunts, cocktails and more! Garden Cafe serving drinks until 8.45pm

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Brunel’s SS Great Britain

All aboard the SS Great Britain! Join us aboard Brunel’s historic ship for a family friendly event with interactive trails and a whole host of hands-on activities. Together with engineers, social scientists and historians from the University of Bristol, we’ll be finding out how Brunel’s legacy is helping us to understand more about the way … Continue reading Brunel’s SS Great Britain

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We The Curious

Come and explore We the Curious and stay up late with our researchers as they take a glimpse into the future. How will we live, work and travel in years to come? What about our health and what we eat? Grab a drink and meet the researchers seeking answers to these questions and more. Ever … Continue reading We The Curious

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Pop-up Science Party at BRLSI

You’re invited to a party! Science and stand-up – it’s the perfect night out. At BRLSI you can meet some of the funniest academics around as they perform their brilliant Sci-stand up and then take part in some fascinating science experiments.

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Researchers on Loan

We’re creating a living library as our researchers take over the Children’s Library at Bristol Central Library.  In this interactive workshop, join scientist Roksana Wilson and students from the University of Bristol to explore the habitats and food chains in the world around us. The workshop is aimed at children aged 6-11 and will give them the opportunity … Continue reading Researchers on Loan

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Walking with Scientists

Take a walk with scientists and see the city come to life with new perspectives on Bath’s rich science history. On Saturday 28 September we’re inviting you to join us on a guided walk with a difference. Led by Olly Langdon from Kilter Theatre walkers will be joined by researchers at different stops along the … Continue reading Walking with Scientists

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Keep up to date all the latest news and meet some of the researchers taking part in FUTURES 2019

Ticket update

Tickets for our FUTURES 2019 event at Brunel’s SS Great Britain on Friday 27 September have now sold out! If you were lucky enough to get tickets please remember to bring them on the night and if you missed out then why not check out some of our other brilliant events?! We have a few … Continue reading Ticket update

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A Day in the Life….Gayan Abeynayake, Cardiff University

My name is Gayan Abeynayake.  I am currently pursuing my PhD at Cardiff University as a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher on the EU funded H2020 project called “InnoDC”: Innovative tools for offshore wind and DC grids. I’m originally from Sri Lanka: the island is renowned for Ceylon Tea! My research topic is “DC Collection … Continue reading A Day in the Life….Gayan Abeynayake, Cardiff University

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A day in the life… Anne Winters, University of Bristol

I’m originally from Mississippi in the United States, but over the past ten years research has given me the chance to travel all over the world and experience other cultures. These opportunities were available right from the start of my research career with field trips to the Caribbean, Northern Cyprus, and a year abroad in … Continue reading A day in the life… Anne Winters, University of Bristol

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