Bristol Bright Night brings Science to the City

JCP_2921 (1)Friday 26th September will see Bristol’s streets come to life as Bristol Bright Night sweeps through the city for the first time with a programme of free activities, giving the public the chance to discover the wealth of scientific research taking place on their doorstep, and meet the researchers responsible.

Bristol Bright Night will celebrate the city’s place as a home for cutting-edge research through a free showcase across city centre venues. From afternoon to early evening Bristol’s Harbourside will host interactive, hands-on activities including exhibitions at At-Bristol, talks at the Watershed and street performances.

A collaboration between Bristol Natural History Consortium, University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, the event is part of the prestigious annual Europe-wide Researchers’ Night programme, which sees over 300 cities running events simultaneously across 24 countries. European Researchers’ Night is funded by the EU Commission to engage citizens in celebrating the latest and most stimulating research at both a local and international level.

JCP_2938 (1)Visitors will be able to explore bugs that glow in the dark; Robots vs Animals; learn how to build a pedestrian bridge across Bristol Harbour; enjoy pop-up science theatre; and even cook and eat with researchers while discussing how their work impacts on Bristolians’ daily life.

Describing the event Dr Enda Hayes, a Senior Research Fellow from UWE said: “Researchers from both universities will demonstrate the practical application of their work ranging from improving patient care in the city hospitals to improving air quality and how this research impacts on society.”

Hayley Shaw, Cabot Institute Manager at the University of Bristol said: “This event is all about bringing science into the public domain and demonstrating that anyone can engage with research – young or old. We hope people will be inspired by the range of environmental, health, and engineering research in this fun and thought-provoking day.”

Bristol’s schools will also be taking part in the event through the ‘Bristol Bright Ideas’ competition, inviting students to come up with innovative research ideas on the theme of ‘My City’. Prizes will include an opportunity to work with a leading academic to develop the ‘My City’ ideas into a research project so that they can be included in the 2015 Bristol Bright Night programme, which will be part of the Bristol Green Capital celebrations.

Bristol Bright Night takes place on Friday 26 September 2014. For further information including the latest schedule and programme of events, visit

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