As unlikely as it sounds the festival I dreamt up and created in a three week time-line with no funding in 2015 is about to return for its third year.
The 29th of September 2017 will see the Curiosity Forest open its doors for the third time, and will be the second year that the festival will run as part of Explorathon. At the end of September Universities across the continent take part in 24 hours of its most creative public engagement as part of European Researchers Night; Explorathon is Scotland’s coordinated effort.
This year the content is entirely from PhD research teams from Scottish universities and will be free for the public to attend and interact with bespoke-designed games and challenges. Friday night will contain all the brilliant activities on display across the weekend as well as tales from our Research Raconteurs who will spins yarns about rare languages, systems of trust and question why we question things. The Lates event will allow adults to grab a glass of wine under a tree canopy (indoors, of course) and get hands-on with cutting-edge research from 6pm til 9pm.
Doors open on Saturday’s family event at 10am and will allow audiences to fire lasers using their voice, make blueprints of the natural world and learn how to fly a drone in the Arctic and that’s just for starters! With no tickets required and the event being free of charge, families can come and go as it suits them until 5pm. The Curiosity Forest will transport you from the centre of town to a woodland where science and art are at your fingertips.
Audiences will also be able to pick up a free copy of EU:Sci magazine on both days. The new issue is about the future of science, not to be missed.
The Curiosity Forest will take place in the Charteris Centre, 138/140 The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9RR.
Friday 29th September 6pm until 9pm - research activities and storytelling, bring your ID for the bar.
Saturday 30th September 10am until 5pm - research activities for families.
Photo credit: Chris Scott