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Curiosity Carnival is part of European Researchers’ Night, a European Commission funded event that takes place on the last Friday of September every year. This is the first time that the University has taken part, and activities will be taking place across the city on 29 September.

Oxford's Curiosity Carnival will be one of hundreds of events across the UK and Europe aimed at celebrating and debating the way that research affects all our lives, and encouraging people to engage directly with researchers. Events will be springing into life in the Botanic Garden, Weston Library, Ashmolean Museum, Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum, Museum of the History of Science, Weston Library, Wytham Woods and on Broad Street.

Several hundred researchers from across all Divisions, and our partner organisations Oxford Brookes University and MRC Harwell will be delivering a range of activities from talks and hands-on stalls to performances and a “living library”. Don't miss these highlights from the Medical Sciences Division:

Biologist Alison Woollard will be part of a Living Library at the Weston. Browse the ‘bookshelves’ for an area of research that interests you, and then borrow a researcher to tell you more about it!

Clinical psychologist Andrea Reinecke will be talking about phobias in the lift and other potentially stressful locations around the Ashmolean Museum.

At the Mad Hatters Tea party at the Botanic Garden, Qian Wang will be talking about how we don’t just eat with the mouth, but with eyes, ears, nose, and hands as well.

Researchers from Epidemic diseases Research Group Oxford will be helping the public to play investigator at the Ashmolean, to discover the root of a mysterious disease outbreak and develop the best strategy to stop it from spreading further.

FLUX Dance have been working with researchers in the Radcliffe Department of Medicine to create a dance performance based on the research in to the many variations in our heart rhythms.

Listen to self-proclaimed ‘Geek Pop’ artist Johnny Berliner sing you into an understanding of the current research around vaping from researcher Jamie Hartmann Boyce – and why it really is better than smoking!  

For more information about the event and to register for a free ticket, visit

And don't miss out on the Night of Heritage Light - an illuminated spectacular happening in Oxford's city centre. Visit to find out more.