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Regional Engagement

Futures 2023

FUTURES2023 is a festival of discovery that celebrates the research and innovation across the South West with an exciting programme of events and activities.

The event is a collaboration between Bath Spa University, University of Bath, University of Bristol, University of Exeter and University of Plymouth.

Happening in Cornwall this year, there will be a Pop-Up shop, lunchtime talks and guided walks, with researchers from the University of Exeter bringing their research to life in an exciting array of locations.

What's on this year?

Students who took part in Futures 2022

Head to The Cornish Bank in Falmouth for talks, walks and workshops on Futures Weekend!

The Cornish Bank, Falmouth

30 Sep & 1 Oct 2023

This is a celebration of fascinating discovery and intriguing culture right in the centre of Falmouth. We’ll be bringing to life the brilliant work that happens at the University of Exeter with music, demonstrations, talks, workshops, and even robots!

It will be a chance for curious minds to meet scientists, historians, doctors, mathematicians, and more. There will also be musicians and artists working with researchers to bring their work to life for all ages and backgrounds.

View the full programme for each day below:

Various locations across Falmouth

30 Sept & 1 Oct 2023 

Academics from the University of Exeter and beyond, at varied career stages, will guide walks and reveal varied research and in an exciting array of locations. This engaging format is the ultimate ‘show and tell’, powerfully bringing research to life, demonstrating findings, and taking the public right into the inspiring places where vital work happens.

Walks include:

Book your spot and come along for a different kind of stroll!

The Cornish Bank, Falmouth

30 Sep & 1 Oct 2023

There will be an exciting talks programme for those of you ‘popping in’. From young researchers to discipline experts, these 15 minute talks will range from orchestras of the future, to an audience with the other monarch, Artificial Intelligence and lunchtime poetry. Our researchers will be sparking everyone’s curiosity and engage you in current and relevant discussions!

Find out more by browsing through Saturday and Sunday's Lunchtime Talks schedule.

The Cornish Bank, Falmouth

30 Sep & 1 October

Are you passionate about nature? Do you love learning in interactive and creative ways? Look no further as we have two workshops that will not only immerse you in the arts and crafts but will also engage you in recent conservation work.

Together with Prof. Corinna Wagner, you will make cyanotype and then use your work to stretch your imagination to write narratives in prose and poetry in Cyanotype and Prose.

Exeter Phoenix, Gandy St, Exeter EX4 3LS

6:30pm, Wednesday 4 October 2023

Once they were a fringe interest, now conspiracy theories seem to hit the headlines every year – from QAnon to Flat Earthers. Why are they more popular and is this dangerous?

This event runs the gauntlet through the scary world of conspiracy theories – their psychology, history, and philosophy. Find out the best ways to talk to believers and what conspiracies tell us about society today and ultimately ourselves.

We’re delighted to welcome world-leading thinkers on the topic. Come along to make questions and comments and join the conversation – or just sit and listen!

Entry is free! Book here >>