Brookes researchers to inspire at Oxford’s Curiosity Carnival

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

European Researcher's Night

This Friday (29 September) Oxford will join hundreds of other European cities simultaneously in celebrating European Researchers’ Night.

The initiative is a Europe-wide event dedicated to explaining research through fun, interactive learning, and ‘Curiosity Carnival’ is the first one ever to be held in Oxford.

Led by the University of Oxford working together with Oxford Brookes and MRC Harwell the Curiosity Carnival will feature a huge variety of free activities and events for all ages.

Oxford Brookes researchers will be taking part in the Carnival, with activities across multiple venues on the night. Here  is  just a taster of what some will be doing…

Broad Street
From 12 noon to 7.00pm the Carnival will be spilling out onto Broad Street and bringing it to life! There will be acrobatics and live music along with bite-size talks at Curiosity Corner, demonstrations and walking tours. Look out for researchers from Oxford Brookes’ School of Arts holding workshops and an exhibition on their latest project exploring refugees and displacement with the Contemporary Arts ReSearch Unit (CARU). 

Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum
Lecturers Clare Martin from the Department of Computing and Communication Technologies and Marion Waite from the Department of Nursing  will be discussing an  EU-funded project they are leading on to develop an app to help people with type 1 diabetes self-manage their condition

What else?
Teams from Sport and Health Sciences will be exploring co-ordination and fitness. 

Ashmolean Museum
Professor Anna Barnett and colleagues from the Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development will demonstrate key areas of research including development psychology, where visitors will try out writing in different conditions so they can see how each affects their performance.

PhD student Salem Al Qudwa, among others from School of Architecture, will be showcasing the importance of space planning and design and addressing issues such as the housing crisis.

What else?
Dr Patrick Alexander and colleagues from the School of Education will discuss research exploring the life aspirations of young people from the UK and America. Find out more about this research in a previous news story.

Our researchers at Oxford Brookes are looking forward to bringing their work to a mass audience and engaging visitors in what they do

Professor Linda King, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Global Partnerships, Oxford Brookes Universiy

Botanic Garden
Dr Alysa Levene from the School of History, Philosophy and Culture will give a talk related to her book Cake: the short, surprising history of our favourite bakes. She will have an array of ‘surprising’ cakes from different eras for visitors to try and will be judging the Great Research Bake off.

What else?
Indroneel Chatterjee and colleagues from Oxford Brookes Business School will discuss research into addressing food shortages with edible insects like crickets and ways we might overcome our inhibitions about eating them.

Curiosity Carnival map

Weston Library
For one night only the Library is replacing books with a living library of researchers to take out on loan and chat about their work! Dr Lindsay Steenberg will be part of the Living Library and on hand to talk about film studies and the entertainment value of cinematic fighting. Read more about her research on our news pages.

Wytham Woods
Fine Art lecturer Dr Clair Chinnery will construct a giant nest sculpture in the woods. It is the fourth in a  series of human scale 'nest' structures produced since 2013 as part of a research project; they are built with around 30 materials used by 15 species of bird common to Europe and North America.

Professor Linda King, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Global Partnerships at Oxford Brookes University said: “We are excited to be taking part in Oxford’s Curiosity Carnival and joining hundreds of other European cities on the same night celebrating research and its impact. 

“The event has involved an enormous amount of development and planning led by the University of Oxford and we have enjoyed working with them and MRC Harwell to put on a range of activities across the city.  

“Our researchers at Oxford Brookes are looking forward to bringing their work to a mass audience and engaging visitors in what they do, from research into a new app to help manage diabetes to edible insects that could solve global food shortages.” 

*Please  note tickets for the majority of these free events are now sold out. Visitors do not need tickets to attend the Broad Street activities. Find out more about  what’s on and availability at

Visitors can also enjoy seeing some of Oxford’s most beautiful buildings lit up like never before as part of the Night of Heritage Light 2017 which celebrates the art and science of light. Find out more at

This European Researcher's Night project is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, which is an EU funding programme to support research careers.