FUTURES is a European Researchers’ Night event taking place on the last weekend in September since 2018. The festival has been an opportunity for people across the South West to discover more about the research that is shaping our future with researchers from the region’s universities funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.
FUTURES takes research directly to the people. Researchers from five of the region’s leading universities have been heading out across the South West into shopping centres, botanic gardens, museums, cathedrals, naval vessels, and the streets to share their work and develop their skill and expertise in public engagement.
Since 2018 we 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 that has seen over 1,000 researchers engaging 90,000 people with their work.
Check out what we’ve been doing in previous editions of FUTURES:
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 European Commission. 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 has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement numbers 818697 (FUTURES 2018 & 2019) 955253 (FUTURES2020) and 101036029 (FUTURES2021).