It’s a night of stars, spitfires and science as the Ulster Museum invites visitors to Science Uncovered on Friday 29 September, a special adult event to mark European Researchers’ Night. Funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, meet the scientists and researchers that are shaping the world of scientific research. Whether you are a brilliant scientist, an enthusiastic amateur or a curious researcher come along to a night at the museum, full of exciting discoveries around each corner. For one night only visitors can be wowed by hands-on demonstrations and experiments, and discuss scientific findings with local scientists and experts from organisations including, Queens University Belfast, Ulster University, and the Open University. Explore specimens from our stored collections, give your body an MOT, discover the wonders of wasps with National History Museum entomologist Gavin Broad, or soak up the atmosphere with live music and drinks being served throughout the night.
Visitors can also take part in ‘Science Snippets,’ a series of ten minute lectures by some of Northern Ireland’s leading scientists showcasing some of the latest scientific discoveries, from ‘What it Would be Like to Holiday on Mars,’ to ‘How to Fill Your Car From Your Bin.’ Hannah Crowdy, Head of Curatorial, National Museums NI, said, “This is a special night at the Ulster Museum as we invite people to engage and discover the world of scientific research, but in a fun and relaxed environment. The topics explored in the evening’s talks and demonstrations highlight the creative and analytical minds behind life-changing discoveries and we are also grateful for the support of the Natural History Museum and funding provided by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 to make this event possible.”
For the first time this year, Science Uncovered reaches out to the next generation of young scientists by providing exclusive school workshops at the Ulster Museum for year 13 and 14 pupils during the day. Science Uncovered runs from 7pm – 10pm on Friday 29th September. The event is free of charge and booking is recommended, for over 18s only. For further information, visit nmni.com/um.