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Public Engagement with Research

Roadshow History

Sands of Time at the University of Southampton Science of the Ocean 2009
Sands of Time at Science of the Ocean 2009

The origin: Science of the Ocean 2009

The University of Southampton Roadshow was born in 2009 as the "Science of the Ocean" roadshow, a project developed and led by Dr Steve Dorney, currently our PERu Director, in collaboration with The National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

This first roadshow was a multidisciplinary effort from different schools across the University around the theme of ocean sciences and included the following stands:

You can watch a video summary of Science of the Ocean below.


Banner of the University of Southampton Spectrum of Science 2010
The banner of Spectrum of Science 2010

Spectrum of Science 2010

In 2010 the UoS Roadshow then developed into 'Spectrum of Science' roadshow, an itinerant show showcasing different type of science, including:

The Roadshow was then co-ordinated by Steve and Dr Tony Curran, currently the PERu Lead for Spectrum of Public Engagement.

Discover what 'Spectrum of Science' was about in the following video.

Original University of Southampton Bringing Research to Life 2012 banner
The original Bringing Research to Life banner

Bringing Research to Life | 2012 to present

In 2012, the UoS Roadshow took its final name 'Bringing Research to Life' to include the full spectrum of STEAM research spanning across all the faculties in the University.

The showcased activities included: Singing Bubbles, Hearing Music, 3D Colour Printing, The Life of Satellites, Brain and Rewards, 21st Century Traffic Control, Music and Technology, Carbon Footprinting, Robotics.  

You can find out more about some of the activities in 2012 in the following overview.

Since then, Bringing Research to Life Roadshow has reached tens of thousands of people at local and national events across the centre and south of the UK, and it is now a renown and sought stand in key regional and national events, including the South Dawns Green Fair and Glastonbury Festival.

The Bringing Research to Life Roadshow is currently co-ordinated by the PERu Operations Lead, Dr Silvia Lanati.   

To find our where the Roadshow went from 2013 to today, including more videos of the events, please visit the Roadshow Past events.    

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