Bristol Bright Night 2015: A Free Fun Celebration of Scientific Research

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Bristol Bright Night returns to the streets of Bristol on the evening of Friday 25 September 2015 for a free fun celebration of local scientific research.

UWE Bristol, Bristol Natural History Consortium and the University of Bristol have come together to present Bristol Bright Night, a unique opportunity for children and adults to meet the people behind the projects, explore hands-on exhibits and enjoy a Friday night out with a difference.

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From an interactive Research Fair for school children during the day to a researcher takeover of At-Bristol in the evening, Bristol’s Harbourside will host a range of free, hands-on, learning activities for people of all ages.

There will be stand-up comedy, science poetry, street theatre, lots of hands-on activities and even some cooking.

Highlights include:

Glowing Bacteria Give New Ways of Treating Cancer
Don’t forget to visit the BugBooth, a blackout tent where visitors can see for themselves how bioluminescence or glowing bacteria can help scientists devise tests. The challenge for the research team is to use the glowing bacteria in a single blood test to predict leukaemia patients’ response to a range of chemotherapy drugs, this rapid test will allow the best treatment for each patient to be selected.

Researchers have been investigating how to improve the audiences’ experience during performances with digital musical instruments. Visitors will be able to experience a new augmented reality display that allows them to explore 3D augmentations of digital musical performances in order to improve their understanding of electronic musicians’ engagement.

Credit - At-Bristol After HoursBite-sized talks
7 minutes for researchers to give you a whirlwind tour on topics ranging from engineering to arts to biology! The talks will go on throughout the evening in At-Bristol and will encompass an incredible diversity of research, not one to be missed. Topics include: Proteins as tools and building blocks; consequences of picky eating in children; “United we fall: Multiplicity in Lucan’s Civil War”; Aerospace Engineering “Folding the Future”; and “When fire meets ice – Volcanic Ace”.

Bristol Bright Night takes place on Friday 25 September 2015. All events are free to enter, though some activities need to be pre-booked.

To see the full line-up of free activities at Bristol Bright Night 2015 visit