Be Curious 2020 programme announced

Be Curious moves online for 2020 with a jam-packed programme aiming to showcase our world-leading research to the wider public.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy as part of Be Curious 2020

Be Curious 2020 programme preview. September 2020

Launching on Saturday 10 October with a full day of live events, the fifth annual instalment of the hugely popular Be Curious showcase runs until Friday 23 October. With fun activities, challenges and inspiring evening talks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Free family-friendly fun is the order of the day for the launch date, with online activities running from 10am to 5pm. Take a trip to the deep ocean, see some unusual uses for ultrasound, tour the earth from space and let music sooth your mind… all from the comfort of your own home!

Among the highlights is the Deep Ocean Lab – a voyage of discovery with Greg Foot, YouTuber and BBC TV and radio presenter. Rescheduled from his highly anticipated appearance at Be Curious in March, Greg will be taking us on an interactive and virtual dive into the deep, dark ocean.

Join Greg for the story of his scientific adventure at 11am on Saturday 10 October. Greg will show you the high-tech submersibles that took him down a crazy 1,000ft into the twilight zone. He’ll explain the importance of our oceans and – thanks to Greg’s work with the Blue Planet II team – uncover the effect we’re having on them.

Be Curious 2020 programme preview. September 2020

TV presenter Greg Foot will take you on a virtual dive into the deep, dark ocean

Tickets for all live events are free but places are limited, so make sure you register via the Be Curious website as soon as possible.

Head of Public Engagement with Research, Dr Alexa Ruppersberg, said: “After our successful trial of going online in June with Be Curious Goes Virtual, we have now added a day of live events to the two-week programme.

“Staff have told us that more than ever they find it important to engage with people. Unfortunately, we still cannot have the face-to-face interaction our researchers love and that’s so hugely valued by our Be Curious visitors. But every big journey starts with the first step and taking things online also has advantages!”

Fortnight of fun!

It’s not just about live events though: staff from across the University have been busy preparing a huge range of fantastic submissions, which allows us to bring you a whole fortnight of Be Curious fun! Every day during the event, we’ll be sharing two-minute wow-demonstrations – tackle at-home activities and amazing research-related digital jigsaws to give you an idea of just some of the exciting things we get up to at Leeds.

Be Curious 2020 programme preview. September 2020

Curio the fish, the Be Curious mascot, is the subject matter for one of the amazing research-related digital jigsaws

Try your hand at placenta-inspired printing, see if you have the nerve to conduct keyhole surgery, take part in a DNA decoding challenge and much more! And whilst we can’t be on campus for this year’s event, our colleagues from Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forest (LEAF) Centre and the United Bank of Carbon will be showing you how you can explore campus from home using their interactive tree map.

We’ve also got a menu of talks, podcasts and evening events for adults and older children. We’ll be celebrating the research of our PGRs with a special virtual edition of the Doctoral College’s Research Nights, joining Quantum Sauce for two fascinating Be Curious vid-casts, and getting climate-conscious with The Climate Press panel event and an exclusive episode of the Climactic podcast.

View the full programme on the Be Curious website. All events are free but some require registration.

Follow along with the fun on the @UniLeedsEngage Twitter account and by using #BeCurious20.

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