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NERC's Summer of Science

Map of UK regionsScotland Northern Ireland North West North East Midlands Wales South West South East & London To mark its 50th anniversary in 2015, NERC supported a series of interactive events and activities to engage the public with its research. The Summer of Science took place across the UK, from Orkney International Science Festival to Bournemouth Beach, with dozens of activities showcasing the wide range of research NERC supports. There were exhibitions on volcanic activity, deep sea vents, wildlife in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, and dancing dinosaurs.

For more information on NERC's public engagement, please contact Hannah King, public engagement manager.

Please click on the map to view Summer of Science activities that took place in your region.

montage of photos of Summer of Science events


List of events by region

7 Jun 2015
11:00-15:00

Soapbox Science - external link

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow

Science busking on the street.


21 Aug 2015
15:00

Keeping Carbon Cool: Why Arctic soils are best kept frozen

'Stand in the Square', Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Explore the causes and effects of climate change on the Arctic with 'Skating on Thin Ice' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a show from the Keeping Carbon Cool team.


5 Sep 2015

Keeping Carbon Cool: Why Arctic soils are best kept frozen

Orkney

Explore the causes and effects of climate change on the Arctic. Part of the Orkney International Science Festival - external link.


19 Sep 2015

Keeping Carbon Cool: Why Arctic soils are best kept frozen

St Mary's School, Melrose

Explore the causes and effects of climate change on the Arctic. Part of the Bang goes the Borders science festival.


13-16 Dec 2015

Sex & Bugs & Rock n Roll - external link

Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Hands-on roadshow celebrating all things ecological at the British Ecological Society annual meeting.

13 Jun 2015
10:30-16:00

Canned Ecology: A ready meal of food webs and fun

Queens University, Belfast

Interactive rock pool, pond and soil roadshow at the Queen's University Marine Lab, part of Strangford Lough Festival.


20 Jun 2015
14:00-17:00

Soapbox Science - external link

Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast

Science busking on the street.


26 Jul 2015

Canned Ecology: A ready meal of food webs and fun

Kearney

Interactive rock pool, pond and soil roadshow. Part of the National Trust Rock Pool Ramble.

8-9 May 2015
10:00-17:00

Manchester Environment Roadshow

Manchester University

Four interactive activities celebrating environmental science all in one place at Manchester University's Life Sciences Open Day.


11 Jun 2015
18:00-20:00

Manchester Environment Roadshow

Manchester Museum

The Manchester Environment Roadshow presents Secrets of the Natural World - external link - at the Manchester Museum. Four interactive activities celebrating environmental science all in one place.


11 Jul 2015
10:30-15:30

Alienated Life? The Chernobyl exclusion zone 30 years on

Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), Manchester

Discover how you track wild animals in the uninhabited Chernobyl exclusion zone.


17 Jul 2015
08:00-17:00

Driving Air Quality

Manchester Airport

The Driving Air Quality team will be monitoring the air quality surrounding Manchester Airport. Unfortunately this event is only open to airport staff, however, you can help the research team with their important work by taking this short survey - external link.


5 Sep 2015
11:00-16:00

Manchester Environment Roadshow

Manchester

The Manchester Environment Roadshow presents their four interactive environmental science activities at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Manchester.


22 Oct - 29 Oct 2015
10:00 - 16:00

Alienated Life? The Chernobyl exclusion zone 30 years on

Manchester

Ever wondered how the wildlife is coping in the uninhabited Chernobyl exclusion zone? Discover how the animals have made this area their home and how they've adapted to the remaining radioactive contamination in this virtual reality experience. Part of the Manchester Science Festival - external link.

27 Jun 2015
13:00-16:00

Soapbox Science - external link

Monument area, Newcastle city centre

Science busking on the street.


7 Sep 2015
11:30-13:00

Exploring the Deep - external link

Bradford

Ever wanted to know what the view is like from the ocean floor? Discover what life is like in the deep ocean with scientists from the University of Southampton. Part of the British Festival Science Fair (Deep sea) - external link.


7-10 Sep 2015
13:00-16:00

Monitoring The Hydrological Cycle

Bradford

Discover how water moves beneath our feet with this interactive exhibition. Part of the British Science Festival - external link.


8 Sep 2015
16:30-17:30

The Air in Saltaire - external link

Bradford

Ever wondered what's in the air you breathe? Join scientists from the University of Leeds and discover the tiny airborne particles that can have a large impact on our health. Part of the British Festival Science Fair (Saltaire) - external link.


12 Sep 2015

The Air in Saltaire - external link

Roberts Park, Saltaire, Shipley, West Yorkshire

Monitor air pollution in this citizen science activity. Part of the Saltaire Festival Science Fair.


12-13 Sep 2015
11:00-15:00

Game Changer for Wildlife

British Science Festival Fringe, Bradford

Learn how to record the wildlife in your local area with giant games and homemade technology that will turn your smartphone or webcam into a microscope, and free apps that will allow you to contribute to real scientific research (for example, the iRecord Grasshopper app - external link). Part of the British Science Festival Fringe - external link.


14 Nov 2015
10:00-16:00

The Air in Saltaire - external link

Otley Courthouse, Otley, West Yorkshire

Monitor air pollution in this citizen science activity. Part of the Otley Science Festival - external link.

27 Jun 2015
10:00-16:00

Climate Through Time Giant Floor Map - external link

British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottinghamshire

Use the giant floor map to discover how past environments have left different rock types under our feet. Part of the BGS Keyworth Open Day.

Dancing Dinosaurs - external link

British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottinghamshire

Find out how dinosaurs moved with this interactive display where your body movements control the dinosaur (using an Xbox Kinect sensor). Part of the BGS Keyworth Open Day.

The Energy Balance

British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottinghamshire

Can you balance the UK's energy needs when taking into account carbon emissions and renewable energy? Part of the BGS Keyworth Open Day.

Game Changer for Wildlife

British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottinghamshire

Find out more about wildlife with giant games and homemade technology. Part of the BGS Keyworth Open Day.

Modelling the Hydrological Cycle

British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottinghamshire

Discover how water moves beneath our feet with this interactive exhibition. Part of the BGS Keyworth Open Day.

Volcano! - external link

British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottinghamshire

Explore volcanic activity with the 3m tall and 5m wide 'London Volcano', including recreations of the 1902 eruption on St Vincent. Part of the BGS Keyworth Open Day.


30 Jun 2015
10:00-16:00

Climate Through Time Giant Floor Map - external link

The Roundhouse, Derby

Use the giant floor map to discover how past environments have left different rock types under our feet. Part of the Big Bang Fair.


31 Jul - 2 Aug 2015

The Energy Balance

Nottingham

Can you balance the UK's energy needs when taking into account carbon emissions and renewable energy? Part of the Riverside Summer Festival.

6 Jun 2015
12:00-16:00

Soapbox Science - external link

360 Beach & Watersports Cafe, Swansea

Science busking on the street.


20-23 Jul 2015

Modelling the Hydrological Cycle

Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Powys

Discover how water moves beneath our feet with this interactive exhibition. Part of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show - external link.


20-23 Aug 2015

Volcano! - external link

Brecon Beacons

Explore volcanic activity with the 3m tall and 5m wide 'London Volcano', including recreations of the 1902 eruption on St Vincent. Part of the Einstein's Garden - external link science stalls at the Green Man Festival - external link.


25-27 Sep 2015

Climate Through Time Giant Floor Map - external link

National Museum Wales, Cardiff

Use the giant floor map to discover how past environments have left different rock types under our feet. Part of the Earth Science Teachers Association Conference.

1-3 May 2015
10:00-16:00

Climate Through Time Giant Floor Map - external link

Lyme Regis

Use the giant floor map to discover how past environments have left different rock types under our feet. Part of the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival.


29-31 May 2015
09:30-23:00

Sex & Bugs & Rock n Roll - external link

Cheltenham Racecourse

Hands-on roadshow celebrating all things ecological at the Wychwood Festival - external link.


2-7 Jun 2015

Dancing Dinosaurs - external link

Cheltenham

Find out how dinosaurs moved with this interactive display where your body movements control the dinosaur (using an Xbox Kinect sensor). Part of the Cheltenham Science Festival - external link.


7 Jun 2015
14:00-17:00

Soapbox Science - external link

Millennium Square, Bristol

Science busking on the street.


13 Jun 2015
13:00-16:00

Soapbox Science - external link

Princesshay Square, Exeter

Science busking on the street.


24-28 Jun 2015

Sex & Bugs & Rock n Roll - external link

Glastonbury

Hands-on roadshow celebrating all things ecological at the Glastonbury Festival - external link.


4-5 Jul 2015
10:00-17:00

Footprints in the Sand: Participatory science on the beach - external link

Just west of Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth

Collect evidence of how people move on Bournemouth Beach in this citizen science activity.


1 Aug 2015
10:00-16:00

FossilBlitz

Lyme Regis

Take part in the UK's first ever FossilBlitz event - help palaeontologists from the Natural History Museum hunt fossils in a race against the tide. Just like a real scientific expedition, everything that you find will be identified, documented and added to their fossil records to help build up a picture of how the Jurassic seas changed through time. Taking place on the Jurassic Coast at the Undercliffs National Nature Reserve, Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis.

19-23 May 2015
08:00-20:00 (17:30 close on 23 May)

Modelling the Hydrological Cycle

Chelsea

Discover how water moves beneath our feet with this interactive exhibition at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Sex & Bugs & Rock n Roll - external link

Chelsea

Hands-on roadshow celebrating all things ecological at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.


30 May 2015
14:00-17:00

Soapbox Science - external link

Southbank, London

Science busking on the street.


7 Jun 2015

Open Farm Sunday Pollinator Survey

Oxfordshire

Take part in a pollinator survey and contribute to real science data as part of Open Farm Sunday. The survey is taking place at the two farms below, but other farms are open across the UK where you can take part in trailer rides, farm tours and meet the animals:

  • White Pond Farm, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 6HG, 12:00-15:30.
  • Orchard View Farm, Aylesbury, Oxfordshire, HP17 9UG, 10:00-16:00.

Please visit the Open Farm Sunday website - external link - to find a farm near you.


13 Jun 2015
10:00-16:00

Game Changer for Wildlife

Oxford

Find out more about wildlife with giant games and homemade technology. Part of the Oxford Festival of Nature.


30 Jun - 5 Jul 2015
10:00-varied closing times

The Origin of Life

The Royal Society, London

Uncover how life started on Earth, and whether there could be life outside our planet at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition - external link.

Vanishing Glaciers of Everest

The Royal Society, London

Discover how fast the glaciers in the Himalaya are melting with this interactive exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition - external link.


11 Jul 2015
09:30-17:30

Volcano! - external link

Harwell, Oxfordshire

Explore volcanic activity with the 3m tall and 5m wide 'London Volcano', including recreations of the 1902 eruption on St Vincent at the Harwell Campus Open Day - external link.


18-19 Jul 2015
12:00-20:00

Sex & Bugs & Rock n Roll - external link

Brockwell Park, Lambeth, London

Hands-on roadshow celebrating all things ecological at the Lambeth Country Show - external link in Brockwell Park.


5-6 Sep 2015
12:00-18:00

Game Changer for Wildlife

Wallingford

Could you be a wildlife recorder? Discover how you can record wildlife in your local area with giant games and homemade technology, including how to transform your smartphone or a simple webcam into a microscope. Part of BunkFest - external link. Also, check out the new iRecord Grasshopper app - external link), allowing anyone the ability to record sightings and contribute to ongoing research and conservation.


11-20 Sep 2015
10:00-18:30

Exploring the Deep - external link

Southampton

Ever wanted to know what the view is like from the ocean floor? Discover what life is like in the deep ocean with scientists from the University of Southampton. Find the team in the Southampton Boat Show aquarium section.


25 Sep 2015
15:00-22:30

Exploring the Deep - external link

Natural History Museum, London

Ever wanted to know what the view is like from the ocean floor? Discover what life is like in the deep ocean with scientists from the University of Southampton. Part of the Natural History Museum's Science Uncovered 2015.


9-10 Oct 2015
11:30-14:30 (Fri), 11:00-17:00 (Sat)

Science busking

Near RRS Discovery, in Potters Field Park, London

Our science buskers will be out and about and ready to answer any questions you might have about the RRS Discovery, the ship's visit to London, NERC science or our 50th celebrations. Look out for these environmental scientists by their branded T-shirts.


27-30 Oct 2015
10:00-17:00

Volcano! - external link

Oxford

Explore volcanic activity with the 3m tall and 5m wide 'London Volcano', including recreations of the 1902 eruption on St Vincent at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History - external link.


19-21 Dec 2015
12:00-18:00

Data as Art

Marylebone, London

Can scientific data be considered as art? Digital art installation, created by the British Antarctic Survey - external link, based on climate science data from the Antarctic. It will at the P3 Gallery - external link in London.

On the internet

In addition, YouTube channel ClimateAdam - external link - will be creating fun videos throughout the year which aim to dispel common misconceptions surrounding climate science.