About the event

In the Curiosity Zone I’m a Researcher gave secondary school students in Oxfordshire the chance to connect with 22 researchers from a range of disciplines at University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University and MRC Harwell between 11th–29th September 2017.

Go to the Curiosity Zone

By reading profiles, questioning, and taking part in live chats, school students see that researchers are people like them and find out about the huge breadth and potential of academic research happening in their local area. Students also gain an understanding of how the subjects they are studying fit in with current research and future careers. 

The first I’m a Researcher event helped widen engagement with the Curiosity Carnival taking place for European Researchers Night on the 29th of September. Following the online event, students could attend the Curiosity Carnival at the University of Oxford and meet the researchers in person.

Read the Curiosity Zone report

The Curiosity Carnival

Five researchers, selected with help from the students votes, went through to the live final on the night of the Carnival itself. There, they faced questions from the audience and competed for their votes to decide who was  crowned the winner of I’m a Researcher, Get me out of here!
Find out more about I’m a Researcher – Live!

How do you turn orange into grapefruit? What is digital wildfire? Is love real? Find out on Friday 29th September at Oxford’s Curiosity Carnival.

The Curiosity Carnival is your chance to find out what research is really all about, meet some of these mysterious creatures called ‘researchers’ (who aren’t that mysterious after all, it turns out) and discover how research affects and changes all our lives.

The night is a huge festival of curiosity – a city-wide programme of activities across the University’s four museums, Bodleian Libraries, Botanic Gardens and Wytham Woods, including interactive stalls, games, live experiments, busking, debates, a pub-style quiz, music and dance.

So if you’re curious about the world and what makes it tick, make sure you do your research at the Curiosity Carnival 2017; joining hundreds of other European cities in celebrating European Researchers’ Night.


This European Researchers’ Night project is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, which is an EU funding programme to support research careers.