Discovery Night


Back by popular demand, Discovery Night opens the University’s laboratories and lecture theatres to the public for an evening of science for the whole family. There’ll be talks, exciting demonstrations and hands on activities for visitors of all ages.

Find out about everything from astronomy to zoology, from dentistry to zebrafish. Tour the facilities, put on a lab coat and have a go yourself. Everyone is welcome and the event is free – no booking required.

Recommended age 5+

Discovery Night is based at Firth Court and the Alfred Denny Building, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN.

Getting around

Contact: Michael Goudreault
T: +44 (0)114 222 5076

Firth Hall Exhibition

From useful algae to strawberry DNA, let our researchers take you on a journey of discovery, with stalls including:

  • Bloomin' useful algae
  • Why do we have two eyes? Discover orthoptics
  • Not Just Teeth: Research from the School of Clinical Dentistry
  • Edible Experiments
  • Synthetic Slime
  • Strawberry DNA Mashup
  • How can you fit an intestine or kidney in a plastic plate... and why would you do that?

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Student Showcase

Firth Court, Council Room

Students from our MSc Science Communication course have prepared a range of hands-on activities for you to explore, based on some of the University’s most exciting, influential and interesting research.

Bateson Centre

  • Zebrafish Tales: Exploring the anatomy of our favourite fish
  • Super cilia
  • What can fruit flies tell us about life?

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Animal and Plant Sciences

Cabinet of Curiosities: Alfred Denny Museum
Explore the hidden secrets of our fascinating zoological museum and have a go at our treasure trail for children of all ages. We'll be on hand to answer your questions. Meet in Animal and Plant Sciences department foyer.

Animal and Plant Science Labs
Join us in the Animal and Plant Sciences Labs to find out about our latest research, meet our insects and learn something new. Lots of activities on offer so grab a lab coat and join in the fun!

Tropical Forest Ecology
Come explore one of the richest habitats this planet has to offer: Tropical rainforests! Learn about the unique features of a rainforest, the extraordinary creatures that live there and the current threats to these beautiful areas. Discover how scientists are helping to save these important habitats and what you can do at home to help.

Alfred Denny Conference Room

Physics and Food
Is it possible to measure the speed of light with chocolate? Can I really walk in custard? Which foods are the most radioactive? We explore the physics of food with demonstrations and some potentially messy hands-on demos.

Racing Boats with Molecular Motors
The world around us is made of tiny molecules that constantly move around, but most of the time we can't see this happen. By 'sailing' tiny molecular powered boats across the surface of water using the power of light, you can see Nobel Prize winning Chemistry in action.


Alfred Denny Lecture Theatres

  • 4.30pm-5pm: Seeing the Invisible
  • 5.30pm-6pm: Isn’t it Cold?
  • 6.30pm-7pm: Investigating Space Using Light
  • 7.30pm-8pm: From egg to baby: Modern science and its role in the process

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