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.
The key audience is the general public with a particular focus on school students, and young people.
The main aims of YorNight are:
York Researchers’ Night will next take place in the 2017-18 academic year. A date will be announced in due course.
A call for involvement will go out around the University via departments and in the University Staff News email.
To be confirmed in due course.
- “I thought that tonight was amazing!”
- “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”