Be Curious 2017

Be Curious 2017 is taking place this Saturday in Parkinson Court, from 10am-4pm. Find out what research is being carried out at the University and how it's relevant to you.

Have you ever wondered what happens in a University? Ever been curious about the research done at the University and what relevance it has to you and to the Leeds and Yorkshire area?

This exciting, interactive event is free and suitable for everyone, of all age groups and families with an interest in Leeds and Yorkshire. For more details and a map of our events download the Be Curious programme.

Parkinson Court will be filled with a range of stalls allowing everyone to ‘have a go’. These will include:
  • Activities to demonstrate new strategies to understand and prevent foot-and-mouth disease in Yorkshire.
  • ‘Wetropolis’ - a live demonstration showing how extreme rainfall events caused floods in Yorkshire. 
  • Find out what ‘cryptography’ is all about; learn how to create a secret message and how this is used to protect important information. You can even take home your own personal decoder. 
  • Come along for a personal health check and find out how the information can be used in research and how this research can benefit life in the Yorkshire region.

You can visit our microscopes which are some of the best in the world, view contemporary art, discover how the climate of Yorkshire has changed over the last 20,000 years, discover how Yorkshire finds itself in a crisis of an obesity epidemic and what can be done to combat this. 

Come and hear the diversity of voices from Leeds Kirkgate market and others across the country. Come and look at and create biographies of public servants in Leeds, have a wise up to cancer check, and learn more about sustainable cities. 

There will be plenty of fun activities for younger children including a ‘Let’s go viral’ treasure hunt and learning how important it is to wash our hands. There will be opportunities to find out what links ice skating, Formula 1 racing, the textile industry and Disneyland! There will also be an inflatable dome, where we will be showing films throughout the day.

Immerse yourself in any or all of our five zones of activity, exploring:

  • Science and Engineering: Improving lives in Yorkshire through science and engineering
  • Culture: Culture enriching lives in Leeds and Yorkshire
  • Climate and Water: Climate change and water research benefiting Leeds and Yorkshire
  • Cities: Leeds as a sustainable city
  • Health: Towards a healthier Yorkshire
There is no need to book, just come along to our free event and become immersed in the vast array of work that goes on at the University. 

You can download a poster for Be Curious here and you can find out more about last year’s event here


If you have any questions, you can email the Be Curious organisers or phone on 0113 3431149.

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