We will be opening our doors for an incredible Exploration Weekend with a series of sea themed free family friendly, hands on lab visits, cultural events, exhibitions and lectures, plus the opportunity to learn about our world-class, global research.

Starts -  Friday, 18 May 2018 17:30 
Ends -   Saturday, 19 May 2018 16:00 
Venue - Edinburgh Campus 


The weekend kicks off with the Annual Stakeholder Meeting on Friday 18th May 17:30 – 20:15 at the James Watt Centre. We’ll be welcoming alumni, students, supporters, family, friends and our local community to explore our Edinburgh campus.

Please come along to the Annual Stakeholder Meeting to:
  • Hear more about the life and work of Heriot-Watt University
  • Meet our governors, students, staff (and robot!)
  • Ask us questions
  • See some of the exciting projects that define our distinctive university
For more information and to register for the meeting, click here.

On Saturday 19th May 10:00 – 16:00, celebrations of the Year of the Sea continue in exciting Exploration Zones on campus with a range of hands on activities and demonstrations.
 

Explore the Year of the Sea

Come along if you want to know what it feels like stand on a wind turbine in the middle of the North Sea, operate the controls of an underwater robot or journey to the sea bed using 3D visualisation!

You’ll be able to explore how oceans can provide energy, what changes in sea temperature, acidity and composition does to sea creatures, both at depth and on the shore and how we can all play a greater part in reducing the amount of microplastics in the environment. 

Heriot-Watt University Year Of The Sea 2018
Exploration Trail
Families can get hands on and win prizes during the science ‘Exploration Trail’ with hands on robotics demonstrations and microscopes mysteries to solve.

Explore Sport

Oriam, Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre, will be hosting an Open Day on Saturday 19th May from 10am-4pm with a variety of fun filled activities for young families.

Youngsters can get involved in a range of sports, from inflatables in one of the Centre’s impressive sports halls through to team football activities on the facility’s synthetic pitch, used for training by Scotland’s national football and rugby teams!

There will also be the Year of the Sea themed face-painting in an outdoor marquee, so families can enjoy the spring weather.
 

Explore World-Class Global Research

For those interested in delving deeper in to our research, an intimate ‘Spotlight On Science’ series will allow visitors to hear short presentations from leading scientists, followed by Q&A sessions in small groups. 
 

Explore History

Professor Sir Geoff Palmer OBE will hold a special lecture on the University’s relationship with the Gibson-Craig family and Scotland’s role in the abolition of the slavery.

To find out more about the abolition of slavery, don’t forget to check out the University’s Museum and Archive which will open its doors to display a new exhibition: Edinburgh and Emancipation. Although the transatlantic slave trade was abolished in 1807, slavery was still legal in the West Indies until 1838.

This exhibition will give you the chance to explore the history and impact of slavery on Scotland’s economy and Edinburgh’s role in the abolition movement. Using unique archives, the exhibition reveals the vital part played by Sir William Gibson-Craig in the crucial vote to abolish slavery in the West Indies. Book now  via Heriot-Watt University.

Explore Edinburgh Business School

Visitors can also learn more about postgraduate business education at the world leading Edinburgh Business School (EBS), and the exciting plans for Panmure House, the last home of the Father of Economics, Adam Smith, which EBS will be opening later this year in the Canongate.

See you there!
 

Event programme:

Friday 18th May 2018
  •     Heriot-Watt University Annual Stakeholder Meeting, 17:30-20:15 at the James Watt Centre. An opportunity to hear more about the life and work of the University and its exciting projects as well as meeting Heriot-Watt’s governors, staff, students and robot! Ticket reservations here
Saturday 19th May 2018 – 10:00-16:00
  •     The Year of the Sea Exhibitions. Exhibitions on campus themed around Year of the Sea to give visitors the chance to explore; sustainable energy, reducing volume of micro and marine plastics in our water supply, native oyster population restoration, 3D visualisation techniques which train apprentices working at height and many more
  • 'Spotlight On Science' Series. Thirty-minute sessions throughout the day with some of Heriot-Watt’s leading scientists, and a chance to delve deeper into their innovative research across a variety of fields
  • Exploration of the University’s incredible Visualisation Centre. A sub-sea visualisation showcase of 3D earth body scans
  • Family friendly Exploration Trail. Exploration trail around campus including hands on robotics demonstrations and microscopes mysteries to solve
  • Oriam Sports Performance Centre. Youngsters can get involved in a range of sports, from inflatables in one of the Centre’s impressive sports halls through to team football activities on the facility’s synthetic pitch, used for training by Scotland’s national football and rugby teams!
  • There will also be the Year of the Sea themed face-painting in an outdoor marquee, so families can enjoy the spring weather.
  • A lecture by Professor Sir Geoff Palmer OBE. Professor Palmer will explore Scotland’s pivotal role in the abolition of the slavery.
  • Edinburgh Business School. Learn more about postgraduate business education at the world leading Edinburgh Business School (EBS), and the exciting plans for Panmure House, the last home of the Father of Economics, Adam Smith, which EBS will be opening later this year in the Canongate.

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