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.
Contact: Michael Goudreault
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.
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.
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
Animal and Plant Science Labs
Tropical Forest Ecology
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.
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