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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 chemistry 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

Please note: Due to continued UCU industrial action, minor changes to the published programme may take place on the night.

Firth Hall Exhibition

From psychology to colourful sweets, let our researchers take you on a journey of discovery. With a range of exciting exhibits there's lots of opportunities to get hands-on and learn new things.

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Student Showcase

Firth Court, Council Room

Our students have prepared a range of hands-on activities for you to explore, based on some of the University’s most exciting research. Yorkshire dinosaurs, mysteries of the sun and much, much more.

Bateson Centre

What can fruit flies tell us about life?

Research on the humble fruit fly has yielded some of the most important  discoveries in biology. Discover how we are using fruit flies to understand how the brain works, the body develops, why we age and how to treat cancer.

Animal and Plant Sciences Department

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
Explore one of the richest habitats this planet has to offer: Tropical rainforests! 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

From chilli peppers to maths, meet scientists and engineers who are solving big problems and try a range of hands-on demos to get you thinking. 

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Alfred Denny Lecture Theatres

All talks are 30 minutes and suitable for children 5+.

  • 4.30pm-5pm: Isn't it Cold? Exploring low temperatures with liquid nitrogen demonstrations
  • 5.30pm-6pm: Anything from the trolley? - The chemistry of magical sweets
  • 6.30pm-7pm: Isn't it Cold? Exploring low temperatures with liquid nitrogen demonstrations
  • 7.30pm-8pm: Exploring the Deep Sea

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