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Public engagement opportunities

Students communicating their research

There are several opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate research communication skills and showcase your research to enhance the profile of your work.

YorNight (York Researchers’ Night)

At YorNight, explain your research in hands-on, research-based activities aimed at a general audience, with a particular focus on families. The application deadline is in October.

York Festival of Ideas

York Festival of Ideas provides an opportunity to showcase your research to a general audience through accessible talks, panel discussions, performances, tours or workshops. The application deadline is in October.

YorkTalks: PhD Spotlight competition

The PhD Spotlight competition sees nine students chosen to exhibit their research at YorkTalks, a key University research event that takes place in January each year. The application deadline is in November.

Science Trail

The Science Trail gives Key Stage 3 and 4 school students (aged 13-15) the opportunity to participate in a day of hands-on science, and science-related, activities on campus. The application deadline is in November.

York Festival of Ideas: Discovery Zone

The York Festival of Ideas Discovery Zone is an opportunity to provide hands-on, family-friendly exhibition activities to excite the public, and families in particular, with your research. The application deadline is in February.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

In Three Minute Thesis (3MT), PhD students are challenged to educate and engage an audience with their research in just three minutes. The application deadline is in April.


An informal opportunity for new research students to develop research communication skills. ResearchBites takes place in the Summer Term. The application deadline is in May.

Falling Walls Lab York

York's brightest and best compete every two years at Falling Walls Lab York to challenge science and society with their innovative ideas and research - the winner goes on to compete at the international finale in Berlin.