Academics and students come together to help celebrate European Researchers’ Night

Date posted

29 September 2017


Last updated

19 August 2021

A host of academics and students from Edinburgh Napier will today and tomorrow be part of the largest ever celebration of European Researchers’ Night across Scotland.

Explorathon is a Scotland-wide celebration of European Researchers’ Night and this year Edinburgh Napier is working with universities from the city to create opportunities for members of the public to access world-leading research.

Throughout today and tomorrow, the University will have its largest number of researchers taking part yet, with a wide breadth of academics with ranging expertise getting involved.

A number of Edinburgh Napier academics will be based at WHALE Arts Agency in Wester Hailes – a location where the University already has strong links with different community projects.

Attendees will be able to take part in a session with Jacqueline Rappopart from the University’s School of Applied Sciences who will aim to provide an insight into modern families through various crafts activities.

Inga Helgason and Michael Smyth from the School of Computing will lead a session on WiFi networks, with Qi Liu and Gopal Jamnal from the same school looking at context-active smarter spaces, for both life and work.

Vanesa Fuertes and Valerie Edgell from the University’s Employment Research Institute in the Business School have devised the Public Policy Game, giving players the chance to see how their community is affected.

Kirsten MacLeod and students from the School of Arts and Creative Industries will also lead a session called ‘West Hailes – Video History in a Day’. Participants can get involved in filming, sound recording, interviewing, recording oral history, sharing archive, and editing. All are welcome and the team would love to hear your stories –about life in Wester Hailes, family history, the community and more. There will also be opportunities to view other community media projects Kirsten has been working on in Govana and the Northern Isles.

At the city’s Ocean Terminal, Cedric Perret, Christopher Stone and Andreas Steyven from the University’s School of Computing will lead a session on robots, animals and algorithms.

What is Explorathon?

Explorathon is a celebration for European Researchers’ Night across Scotland. The fourth extravaganza of discovery, debate and entertainment takes places in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews. From comedy to science and beyond, these is something for everyone.

European Researchers' Night is a European Commission initiative that gives you the chance to meet researchers and find out about their latest discoveries in more than 300 cities.

Explorathon is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions programme.

How do I get involved?

The full programme for this year’s Explorathon can be found here.

You can also follow the conversation on Twitter @ernscot and #explorathon17

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