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York Researchers’ Night

Families engaging with YorNight activities

York Researchers’ Night (YorNight) 2015 and 2016 was part of European Researchers' Night, a mega event taking place every year simultaneously in several hundred cities all over Europe and beyond. Its aims are to show that research is fun, diverse, and influences daily life for all of us. 

YorNight was hosted by the University of York in partnership with the York Museums Trust and involving partners throughout the city including York Explore, the University of York St John, Arup and the National Railway Museum.

Each year, the event comprised a wide range of hands-on research-based activities aimed at a general audience. Short, 15-minute research talks also ran consecutively in several venues in the city. The 2015 event attracted an audience of 6,000, and finished with an interdisciplinary music and light showcase in the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey.

The event has taken place each year in venues in the city centre including the King’s Manor, York Explore and the Yorkshire Museum and Gardens, York Medical Society Rooms, Barley Hall, Acomb Cold-War Bunker, and the Duke of York pub.

The University did not rebid to host a European Researchers’ Night, but is organising a public-facing, research-focused, event of a similar nature on 17 November 2018.

Target audience:

The key audience is the general public with a particular focus on school students, and young people.

Aims:

The main aims of YorNight are:

  • To encourage young people to consider research as a career, and particularly to inspire young girls and women
  • To demonstrate how research improves our daily lives in a range of ways, and provides economic and societal benefits
  • To show that research is varied and unexpected, and that being a researcher is interesting
  • To convey the message to the public that researchers are everywhere, not just in the most obvious places eg laboratories

 

Date(s):

York Researchers’ Night will next take place in the 2017-18 academic year. A date will be announced in due course.

Value:

  • Opportunity to communicate your research to a wide, public, audience
  • Opportunity to inspire young people making their education and career choices
  • Opportunity for PhD students to demonstrate their research to a wide audience
  • Opportunity to contribute to the educational, social and cultural development of York and Yorkshire

How to get involved:

A call for involvement will go out around the University via departments and in the University Staff News email.

What we provide:

  • Logistical arrangements including venues, basic equipment eg tables, display boards, electricity point access etc
  • Marketing to a broad public
  • General event feedback mechanisms
  • Final event report

What is required from you:

  • An idea for an engaging, hands-on activity to explain your research to the public or a short, 15-minute talk explaining your research in an accessible way
  • Information on any requirements you will need eg display boards, tables, electricity points

Deadlines:

To be confirmed in due course.

Quotes:

  • “I thought that tonight was amazing!”
  • “Inspirational”
  • “This is awesome! I love the worms! #wormsrock!”
  • “Loved this event – researchers very friendly and knowledgeable. Loved the cosmodome”
  • “Great evening, just too much to see”
  • “Cool. So much. So little time”
  • “Science is wonderful”
  • “So many cool things- not enough time”

       to encourage young people to consider research as a career, and particularly to inspire young girls and women

       To demonstrate how research improves our daily lives in a range of ways, and provides economic and societal benefits

       To show that research is varied and unexpected, and that being a researcher is interesting

       To convey the message to the public that researchers are everywhere, not just in the most obvious places eg laboratories