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Explorathon 16

This Friday Scotland will join with Europe in a celebration of research! In Scotland we celebrate this through Explorathon, a 24 hour festival of curiosity. Each week City of Science has been going behind the scenes giving you a peek at what is coming up. This week we’ll be looking at the Research Cinema and Pokémon Go tour, both happening this Friday the 30th of September.

Research Cinema

Join us for a night at the movies with a difference as we show critically acclaimed films and follow the screening with a question and answer session with our experts.

SCREENING ONE: Causes and consequences of inequality

THE DIVIDE (5.30pm)

The Divide movie posterThe Divide tells the story of 7 individuals striving for a better life in the modern day US and UK – where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%. By plotting these tales together, we uncover how virtually every aspect of our lives is controlled by one factor: the size of the gap between rich and poor. View the trailer here.

We follow the film with a panel discussion looking at the causes and consequences of inequality. Joining us for the panel will be:

  • Professor Nicole Busby, Head of the Law School, University of Strathclyde, @lawstrath
  • Ann Henderson, Assistant Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), @ScottishTUC
  • Dr Angela O’Hagan, Acting Director of WiSE, Glasgow Caledonian University, @WISEResearch; @angelao44; @gcutoday
  • Professor Alexandra Shepard, Director of the Centre for Gender History, University of Glasgow, @GUGENDERHISTORY

SCREENING TWO: The occult and its influence on popular culture


Night of the Demon movie posterIn 1957 classic “Night of the Demon,” based on M.R. James’ landmark horror tale “Casting the Runes” (1911), a sceptical psychologist investigates a sinister occultist whose previous enemies have all come to mysterious ends. The following Q+A will focus on our contemporary fascination with the occult and its influence on popular culture. View the trailer here. This is part of the “Popular Occulture in Britain 1875-1947” project, @PopularOccult

Joining us for the discussion will be:

  • Dr David Rolinson, lecturer in Communications, media and culture at University of Stirling
  • Dr Christine Ferguson, lecturer in English literature at the University of Glasgow, @DrStiggins

Choose which of the screenings you’d like to see and book your trip to the Research Cinema today!

Pokemon Go Tour

Pokémon Go

Take a guided tour of The University of Glasgow with a difference. Have your pokéballs at the ready as we explore the iconic Gilbert Scott building; via its 10 poké-stops and gym; hunting for Squirtles, Charmanders and Pikachus.

The free tour will take you on a fascinating journey around some of the university’s most significant spots - from philosopher Thomas Reid’s tombstone and the atmospheric cloisters, to the very same staircase Lord Kelvin would take from his house to his laboratory - whilst discovering the connections of James Watt, Adam Smith and Isabella Elder whose names are inscribed on the university’s Memorial Gates.

Please note that this is an outdoor walking tour, please dress for the weather! Poké-fans should catch their ticket today!

Explorathon 16

Visit the Explorathon website for more information about how you can get involved in events in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and St. Andrews visit our or follow us on social media (@ernscot #explorathon16). Booking for events may be required.


*EXPLORATHON (European Researchers’ Night Scotland) is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Actions programme. Grant agreement No 722967

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