Be Curious proves a big hit

Our inaugural Be Curious event was a great success, attracting more than a 1,000 visitors of all ages on to campus to find out more about some of the world class research carried out at Leeds.

Inside the Planetarium


With a choice of 80 activities spread out over campus, ranging from typesetting medieval-style to discovering more about genes through the 100,000 Genome project, there was something for everyone. Some 200 colleagues took part, explaining and demonstrating their research projects to visitors, and 50 student ambassadors were also on hand to guide and help people find their way around all the campus, stands and activities.

"The event created a real buzz – it was featured in the Times as one of their recommended weekend days out and at one point #BeCurious was the top trending Twitter topic in Leeds,” says Marina Crowe, the Public Patient engagement officer responsible for organising the event.

Associate Professor Charlotte Haigh from the Public Engagement team was delighted with the response from visitors, saying: “It was an excellent day and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and encouraging. People really enjoyed the opportunity to explore campus, talk to our staff and students and get ‘hands on’ with all different types of research.”

The Public Engagement team and the Be Curious event are supported by Wellcome ISSF funding.

Here are some examples of the feedback from the event:

"It was great for the children to become familiar with the University campus, students and staff."

"Everything was very interesting - not only for kids."

"I'm waiting for a knee operation, so the information in Engineering was great."

"The highlight was watching the children engage in science - more of the same please."

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