Since 2018, for two days in the autumn, FUTURES: A Festival of Discovery has been an opportunity for people to discover more about the research that is shaping our future with researchers from the region’s universities. FUTURES received funding from the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions as part of European Researchers’ Night (2018-2021) and UK Research and Innovation as part of the Horizon Europe Guarantee (2022 & 2023).

FUTURES: A Festival of Discovery is a public engagement collaboration between the University of Bath, Bath Spa UniversityUniversity of BristolUniversity of Exeter and University of Plymouth.

The team of public engagement professionals from across the consortium have been working with researchers and partner organisations such as museums, libraries, sports centres and cultural venues to develop engagement activities.

The team have been pushing the boundaries of programming for public engagement with research, producing a range of experimental and innovative activity formats online and in-person. These have included participatory workshops, hands-on experiments, theatre performances, community radio, science shows, games, quizzes, talks, competitions, and exhibitions.

Previous editions





Project reports

Detailed descriptions of the work to develop and deliver FUTURES each year can be found in the reports produced as part of the reporting to the funders. These reports cover details and outcomes of the awareness-raising campaign, descriptions of the activities, and an evaluation and impact assessment of each edition of FUTURES.

FUTURES 2023 reports

FUTURES 2022 reports

FUTURES 2021 reports

FUTURES 2020 reports

FUTURES 2019 reports

FUTURES 2018 reports


What People Said

Between 2018 and 2023, 296,328 people participated in 174 FUTURES in-person and online activities, meeting over 1,761 researchers exploring diverse research topics including medieval manuscripts, artificial intelligence, climate change, microbial resistance and much more.

Here’s what they have said:

Great event, and it's free

“Great event, and even better that it is free so anyone can attend. Will look forward to next year”

Had a great time!

“Great range of research projects and enthused researchers who were able to discuss both with myself and my 8 year old son clearly. We had a great time”

Very engaging

“Very engaging team of researchers and intriguing activities to stimulate thought about the nature of research and break down some of its forbidding, “authoritative” image”

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