Voyage of Discovery
  • Plymouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Plymouth PL1 2BJ

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  • How do plants grow?
  • Can we use artificial intelligence to write music? 
  • Can immersive technologies take us back in time?
Uncover the immersive world of science, technology and art in this interactive showcase for all ages. 
You’ll have the chance to meet the people behind the research in topics like robotics, virtual reality, music, history, environmental sciences, dentistry and psychology, with hands-on activities and talks suitable for all ages. 
Join us at the historic Plymouth Guildhall to have a go at the free activities – we look forward to welcoming your family whether dropping in or staying all day.
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Activities

  • Talk and demonstration (start time 11:00): 'How composers think and write music' with Dr Robert Taub , Director of Music at The Arts Institute
    There are 88 keys on the piano. When composing music, how do you know which ones to choose first, and which ones come next? Concert pianist Robert Taub will show you how composers think and work. You'll also get to see how a Steinway piano works and try out playing it.
    Throughout the day, there will also be a showcase of SpeechMatch, an innovative research-informed app co-designed by Dr Robert Taub. The app has been created to help improve speech for people on the autism spectrum and people in speech therapy, using visual feedback. 
     
  • Robot friends with the team from eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (EPIC)
    Dogs and cats make great companions, even when they are robots! Play with these furry friends and learn how they are helping people living in care homes and with dementia who may otherwise experience loneliness and isolation. 
     
  • Plant science with Chloe Betts , PhD student in the School of Biological and Marine Sciences  
    What do plants need to grow? What happens if plants don’t have enough water? How do plants defend themselves against drought? 
    Learn all about plants including how they develop and survive by planting a seed, looking at cacti and succulents under a microscope and seeing what happens to plants in a drought. 
     
  • Plastic or not? with Eve Gadd , Research Assistant for INdIGO  
    Take a look under the microscope and use a special device to spot the difference between plastic and other materials. Learn how plastic affects the environment and see how plastic fishing nets can be given a new life – and avoid ending up as litter in the sea – by recycling them into new products. 


  • Baby marine animals in a warming world with Dr Oliver Tills , Senior Research Fellow
    Twenty baby animals – who’s who? Can you find the heartbeat? See baby fish and other sea life in a new way with a close-up look at marine embryos. Learn about their early life stages and how different environments change the way they grow.
     
  • Happy teeth, happy smiles with Dr Jo Erwin , Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Public Health Dentistry
    Looking after your teeth can be fun! Try our interactive games, quizzes, apps and activities for top tips for mouth-care. We’ll have dental goody bags with everything you need to maintain a happy and healthy mouth too! 
    Grownups can also find out about how our research is helping to improve the dental experience and wider dental services, plus our outreach work with schools and vulnerable populations including refugees and those experiencing homelessness. 
     
  • 'How do we find our way?' Virtual reality experience exploring the psychology behind how our brains navigate us through the world.
     
  • Sustainability Hub: Low Carbon Devon

  • 'Bringing digital worlds to life' with 3D virtual and augmented reality immersive experiences from the Digital Fabrication and Immersive Media Laboratories (DFIML)  

FUTURES2022

30 September – 1 October
Explore the past, create the present and imagine the future.
FUTURES2022 brings research to life in new and exciting ways online and in-person, with events from storytelling to panel discussions, tours, talks, quizzes, broadcasts and more. People of all ages are invited to join researchers from the world-class Universities of Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol, Bath and Bath Spa University to explore topics such as history, health, marine, robotics and the arts.

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