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Futures 2019


FUTURES, a Festival of Discovery, returns to Bristol this September with two days of free events and activities that will lift the lid on the fascinating research taking place across our region. FUTURES is part of European Researchers’ Night, an annual event that takes place in cities across Europe. This year Bristol will be one of more than 300 cities in 30 countries taking part in the event.

It’s an opportunity for people, of all ages, to meet the scientists whose work is helping to shape the world we live in.

The festival gives the chance to explore the past, create the present and imagine the future alongside scientists, engineers and historians from the region’s universities as they lead hands on, interactive activities and demos across the city. 

Free Entry to all events and activities.
Recommended that you register for tickets as numbers are limited.

Friday 27 September:​​​​​​
FUTURES @ Brunel’s SS Great Britain, 6pm-9pm
Climb aboard Brunel’s historic ship for a family friendly event with interactive trails and a host of hands-on activities. Come and see Bristol’s past brought to life and explore where research might take us next. There will be food, fun and the opportunity to explore this fascinating ship after hours for free.

Saturday 28 September:
​​​​​​Researchers on Loan @ Bristol Central Library (2 x 1 hour workshops from 1-2pm and 3-4pm): 
Come along to a living library as our researchers take over the Children’s Library at Bristol Central Library. We’ll be leading workshops for families with interactive activities exploring the topics of health and nature. Come and meet real scientists, find out something new and discover why libraries are about so much more than books! (Recommended ages 6-11 but all welcome)

FUTURES Up Late @ We the Curious,  7.30pm-10.30pm
How will robots affect our future? Should all countries be equally responsible for climate change? How can engineers today learn from nature?
This is your chance to meet the researchers seeking out the answers to these questions, and more, right now.  Grab a drink and wander around the exhibits, share your ideas about fascinating experiments and make mind-blowing discoveries!  A fascinating night out for all ages.

Researchers on a train
FUTURES researchers will be entertaining travellers on trains running between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads throughout the day on Saturday with some fun and fascinating science busking.

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