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Curiosity Carnival is part of European Researchers’ Night. This is the first time that the University has taken part, and activities will be taking place across the city on 29 September.

Oxford's Curiosity Carnival will be one of hundreds of events across the UK and Europe aimed at celebrating and debating the way that research affects all our lives, and encouraging people to engage directly with researchers. Events will be springing into life in the Botanic Garden, Weston Library, Ashmolean Museum, Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum, Museum of the History of Science, Weston Library, Wytham Woods and on Broad Street.

Department of psychiatry at the curiosity carnival

Professor Phil Burnet will be taking part in a neuroscience event at the Museum of Natural History called 'Boost Your Brain'. Visitors will have a chance to visit different stations where they can pick up points on activities that contribute to brain health: 

  • Stories of Sleep
  • Facts about Food
  • Science of Sport
  • Concept of Confidence
  • Motivation and Mind
  • Magic of Maths

Professor Burnet will be running the 'Facts about Food' station, where he will be sharing his research on the benefits of prebiotics, and running a quiz 'I've got a gut feeling...:Gut bacteria and your brain!' Did you know... ? There are more bacteria in your gut than stars in the Milky Way!

Professor Liz Tunbridge will be mixing her popular neuro-cocktails in the Pitt Rivers Seminar Room between 8:50 and 9:50pm.

Clinical psychologist Andrea Reinecke will be talking about phobias in the lift and other potentially stressful locations around the Ashmolean Museum.

Professor Clare Mackay is taking part in a play about the history of neuroscience at the Museum of Natural History.

Dr Sana Suri will be in the Fairground of the Brain on Broad Street, where a range of fairground attractions will be illuminating the magic of our brains.

further highlights

Several hundred researchers from across all Divisions, and our partner organisations Oxford Brookes University and MRC Harwell will be delivering a range of activities from talks and hands-on stalls to performances and a “living library”. Other highlights from the Medical Sciences Division:

Biologist Alison Woollard will be part of a Living Library at the Weston. Browse the ‘bookshelves’ for an area of research that interests you, and then borrow a researcher to tell you more about it!

At the Mad Hatters Tea party at the Botanic Garden, Qian Wang will be talking about how we don’t just eat with the mouth, but with eyes, ears, nose, and hands as well.

Researchers from Epidemic diseases Research Group Oxford will be helping the public to play investigator at the Ashmolean, to discover the root of a mysterious disease outbreak and develop the best strategy to stop it from spreading further.

FLUX Dance have been working with researchers in the Radcliffe Department of Medicine to create a dance performance based on the research in to the many variations in our heart rhythms.

Listen to self-proclaimed ‘Geek Pop’ artist Johnny Berliner sing you into an understanding of the current research around vaping from researcher Jamie Hartmann Boyce – and why it really is better than smoking!  

The Curiosity Carnival will be spilling out into the streets of Oxford. Broad Street will come alive with acrobatics, bite-size talks at Curiosity Corner, curiously interesting demonstrations, walking tours, and live music. This event is 12 noon to 7pm on Broad Street, and is FREE - No ticket required.

Our 'Research Troubadour' will be touring the central city, with entertaining (and informative!) songs that bring research to life:

  • 1-2pm – Curiosity Corner at the Cornmarket end of Broad Street
  • 3-4pm – Outside the Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
  • 5-6pm– Outside the Weston Library, Broad Street
  • 7-8pm – the Museum of Natural History, Parks Road

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And don't miss out on the Night of Heritage Light - an illuminated spectacular happening in Oxford's city centre. Visit to find out more.


Please follow the link below to read the news on the NIHR BRC website.