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Bristol Bright Night lit up the Harbourside on Friday the 25th September. At-Bristol, the Green Capital Lab Space and the Watershed opened their doors to aspiring scientists and the simply curious, for an awe-inspiring free evening of cutting-edge research.

Researchers from UWE and the University of Bristol took over all three floors of At-Bristol to showcase their work with an entertaining selection of hands-on activities. Being a Friday night – a clear favourite was the Science Cocktails, where chemistry researchers offered up DNA Daiquiris from a haze of dry ice.

There were engaging talks, debates and comedy taking place throughout the building; and the Planetarium was full to the brim as the Flavour and the Mind Show, from the Understory team, delighted audiences with drones, a brain scanner, edible bugs and the world’s rarest chocolate.

We were also joined by a pop-up theatre group who roamed the city of Bristol with a series of weird and wonderful performances, before completing their journey at At-Bristol to the amazement of visitors.

At the Green Capital Lab, there was a series of interactive debates on the complex topic of resuscitation; whilst the Watershed hosted a moving film and panel discussion from UWE’s Centre for Appearance Research.

The event was a huge success, in total we were joined by over 1,500 members of the public, who we hope left inspired by the fantastic research going on in their own city.

We’d like to thank all the researchers, volunteers and staff from UWE, University of Bristol, At-Bristol, Bristol 2015 Lab Space, the Watershed and of course the public who joined us – you all made it a fantastic evening!


A collaboration between Festival of Nature, University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, the event is part of the prestigious annual Europe-wide Researchers’ Night programme. European Researchers’ Night is funded by the EU Commission.


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