From the tiniest amoeba, to the most massive stars, science is everywhere, and we are bringing together its wonders under one roof to celebrate European Researchers’ Night 2017.

Whether you are a brilliant scientist yourself, an enthusiastic amateur or admittedly slightly baffled by this vast subject, Science Uncovered is sure to enthral, surprise and inspire you.

We'll be joined by local scientific researchers from organisations including Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University and The Open University, and you can get hands-on with their research at our ‘Science Stations’ or witness their 10-minutes of fame, and test your own comprehension skills, with our ‘Science Snippets’.

The full programme is currently under development, so watch this space for revelations as we approach the big night, but expect to encounter everything from seaweed to Spitfires....

A full bar is available at the event, so enjoy the museum by night with a drink in hand.

Download our full programme and plan your evening (PDF).

Booking Information:

  • This is a free event however advance booking is essential.
  • Please note that this is an event for the over 18s.
  • For further information please contact Ulster Museum Reception on 028 9044 0000 or email
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 722950 in the framework of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions.

Ground Floor

Welcome Area

Setting the scene with science and our very own museum collections

  • Secrets of the museum stores – what lurks behind closed doors?
  • What does a museum conservator do? Your chance to ask!
  • A Tale of Two Spitfires – using science to locate crash sites
  • A limpet’s eye view of sea level change
  • ‘Dynamite with a laser beam’ – laser research
  • Ch-ch-ch-changes – finding a balance with molecular research

Window on Our World

A snapshot of some of the brilliant EU funded research being carried out here in Northern Ireland.

  • Into the volcano – the PANTHER project
  • Keeping tabs on pollution
  • Marvellous materials – computer support for chemical technologies
  • Look into my eyes – saving sight, with real eyeballs
  • Landscapes of the past
  • The Cryptographic Factor

Learning Zone

Get Wet, Wet, Wet, as we travel above and below the waves.

  • Mending broken bones with marine organisms
  • A whale of a time – discover whales and dolphins
  • Experience the power of waves
  • Food-chained up – seaweed as food for animals

Level 1/2

Modern History

  • ‘The Internet of Things’ – a global infrastructure for data gathering
  • Don’t fear the sums!
  • Time detectives – radio carbon dating

Level 3


  • Breathe again – test your lung function
  • Give your body an MOT
  • Radiation all around?
  • New strategies to treat MS Origins In a gallery about the vastness of the Universe:
  • Ventilate and investigate – preventing lung damage with algorithms

Discover Nature

  • Species records with CEDaR – nothing to do with vinyl!
  • What is the point of wasps? – find out from our Natural History Museum expert

Science Snippets

Lecture Theatre

(Ground Floor)

  • 7.10pm – 7.20pm: The Pit and the Pedestal: Unexpected Tales from the West of Ireland with Dr Mike Simms
  • 7.30pm – 7.40pm: What would it be like to Holiday on Mars? With Rhian Chapman
  • 8.00pm – 8.10pm: Live Fast, Die Young: The Ancestors of Black Holes with Erin Higgins
  • 8.30pm – 8.40pm: How to fill your Car from your Bin with Ahmed Ibrahim
  • 8.40pm – 8.50pm: From Clouds to Crystals: Finding the Balance with Dr Leila Moura
  • 8.50pm – 9.00pm: It’s Dinner Slime – Feeding Farm Animals with Microalgae with Dr Daniel McDowell
  • 9.00pm – 9.10pm: ‘Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your ‘lungs’ down!’ with Dr Murali Shyamsundar
  • 9.10pm – 9.20pm: So you Trust your Computer? With Gavin McWilliams

Belfast Room

(Ground Floor)

  • 7.20pm – 7.30pm: PANTHER – Where Fire meets the Sea with Dr Sara Benetti
  • 7.40pm – 7.50pm: Designs from the Deep: Marine Organisms for Bone Repair with Dr Susan Clarke
  • 7.50pm – 8.00pm: ENACT: State-of-the-Art Research, European Funding, and the Benefits of International Co-Operation with Professor Jorge Kohanoff
  • 8.10pm – 8.20pm: Shelled Micro-organisms – What Body Shape can Reveal about Water Quality in Lakes with Dr Helen Roe
  • 8.20pm – 8.30pm: Dirty Old Town / Heavy Metal City with Dr Rory Doherty
  • 8.40pm – 8.50pm: Tackling COPD – Big Plans for a Big Problem with Dr Lorcan McGarvey
  • 9.00pm – 9.10pm: Enabling the Internet-of-Things: Revolution through Energy Efficient Microservers with Dr George Karakonstansis
  • 9.20pm – 9.30pm: How to find Wildlife in the Heart of Belfast with Dr Fiona Aiken