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Events and Public Engagement: Get Involved

Get involved

University events are a fantastic platform to share your research and passion for your subject with the public and young people. From the York Festival of Ideas to York Researchers’ Night there are lots of opportunities to get involved. Please see the information below for a list of the main events for the academic year 2019-20, as well as application forms to apply to take part, the key deadlines, and further information.  

If you have an idea that does not fit within any of the events below, please contact Sarah Mitchell, Head of Events, on 

Event: YorNight (York Researchers’ Night)

Date and time: Saturday 8 February 2020, 2pm-6pm

Location: York City Centre 

Description: YorNight is a celebration of research and researchers.  It aims to show that research is fun, diverse, and influences daily life for all of us.  The event is particularly targeted towards families and young people, with a large, interactive exhibition forming the core of the event.  

What we’re looking for: We are looking for engaging, family-friendly, hands-on activities to explain your research to the public or short, 15-minute talks explaining your research in an accessible way.  Researchers at all levels, including PhD students, are encouraged to get involved. 

Application form: 

Application deadline: Wednesday 13 November 2019

Further information: York Researchers' Night

Get in touch: Katherine Leech,, ext 6361

Event: Science Trail

Date and time: w/c Monday 16 March 2020 (exact date TBC), 10am - 3.30pm

Location: University campus

Description: The University of York 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 location at the University. The aim of the event is to broaden horizons, raise aspirations, and give students the opportunity to participate in science activities that are not available in the classroom. 

What we’re looking for: We are looking for hands-on science or science-related workshops lasting 50-minutes for school students aged 13-15 years old.  Each worksop will be repeated four times in a day for groups of 15 students each time.  

Application form: 

Application deadline: Monday 20 January 2019

Further information: Science Trail

Get in touch: Katherine Leech,, ext 6361

Event: Discovery Zone (in the York Festival of Ideas)

Date and time: Friday 29 and Saturday 30 May 2020, 11am - 4pm

Location: Marquee in Parliament Street, York 

Description: Discovery Zone is a hands-on, family-friendly exhibition that forms part of York Festival of Ideas.  The event is held in the May half-term holiday and regularly attracts large, diverse audiences, with over 5000 people attending across the two-day event last year. 

What we’re looking for: We’re looking for hands-on exhibition activities to excite the public, and families in particular, with your subject and/or research.  

Application form: 

Application deadline: 24 February 2020

Further information: Discovery Zone

Get in touch: Katherine Leech,, ext 6361

Event: York Festival of Ideas

Date and time: Tuesday 2 to Sunday 14 June

Location: Venues across campus and the city

Description: York Festival of Ideas offers a huge range of mostly free stimulating and diverse events for all ages and interests across York. The Festival ethos is to educate, entertain and inspire and its mission is to attract diverse audiences from the UK and abroad by delivering an accessible, stimulating programme of talks, workshops, performances, exhibitions and panel discussions.

What we’re looking for: The Festival provides an opportunity to showcase your research to a general audience or to engage groups in a dialogue with your research, so we are looking for stimulating but accessible talks, panel discussions, performances, tours or workshops.

Application form: 

Application deadline: Monday 28 October 2019

Further information: York Festival of Ideas

Get in touch: Naomi Richards,, ext 2064

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