YorNight features a range of inspiring bite-size talks by leading experts based in York. Ranging from HS2 to plastic pollution and artificial intelligence to the bass guitar, our drop-in talks offer something for everyone. All talks are FREE, last for 15 to 20 minutes and take place between 2.30pm and 6pm. Open to all, they are most suitable for those aged 12+.
How the fender bass changed jazz
Find out about the history of the double bass and bass guitar with live practical musical demonstrations.
To HS2 or not to HS2: The mathematics of value-for-money
Debates rage over whether HS2 – the high-speed rail link between London and the North - represents ‘value-for-money’. But how is this measured? And can it be done better?
The fiery rail: The Crewe family and the coming of the railway
Discover the story of the railway revolution of the 19th century through the correspondence of Annabella, a member of the wealthy and well-connected Crewe family.
The role of our oceans in climate change
Learn how the ocean and the air immediately above it interact and how this affects our planetary climate.
Plastic: The hidden microbial world
Discover how researchers are investigating the effects of plastic pollution in our rivers and oceans.
Improving lives with assistive technology
Learn how assistive technology is making a difference to the quality of life for people with injuries and disabilities.
Improving children’s mental health
Learn how a research centre aims to improve the lives of children and young people through mental health interventions.
The science of hearing
From ears, noise and speech to hearing aids and cochlear implants, discover the amazing science of hearing with University of York psychologists.
The future of artificial intelligence and humanity
What might the world look like in 2050? Find out how artificial intelligence and digital technology might lead us to utopia.