Event planning, resources and opportunities

Be Curious

Be Curious is the annual research open event for all disciplines of the University of Leeds, showcasing our research to the public in a hands-on, interactive and engaging way.

Be Curious 2021 will be held held Saturday 10th – Friday 16th July 2021.

Proposals for this year’s event are now closed. Thanks to our brilliant researchers, we’ve topped last year’s number of proposals for the 2021 instalment of Be Curious. This year’s event will spotlight the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and showcase how research at Leeds is ‘Making a World of Difference’. The Public Engagement team is busy reviewing submissions, so watch this space for details of a bumper programme.

Be Curious 2020

In October 2020, Be Curious went virtual and we pulled out all the stops to make it a not-to-be-missed, two-week, online extravaganza. With live family events, fun activities, challenges and inspiring evening talks, we made sure there was something for everyone to enjoy!

Over 100 researchers were involved in creating content – from 2-minute demonstrations to try at home activities, research-related digital jigsaws to cartoon strips – to help the public explore just some of the exciting things we get up to at the University of Leeds.

Catch up with all the content shared on the Be Curious padlet or check out the hashtag #BeCurious20 on Twitter.


In June 2020, Be Curious went virtual while the country was in lockdown.

We shared three weeks of exciting and inspiring family friendly resources and video content to help the public explore just some of the world-leading research happening at the University of Leeds.

Catch up with all the content from Demonstration Week, Arts and Crafts Week and Question Week on the Be Curious Virtual padlet. You can download the Be Curious activities designed by our researchers to try at home or check out the hashtag #BeCuriousGoesVirtual on Twitter.

Write up from 2109: Be Curious 2019

Engaged Research – home to all the latest opportunities and resources

The Engaged Research Microsoft Team is now home to a wide range of resources and guidance for planning and delivering your engagement event.

The team has an overview of local and national festivals and events. Opportunities to get involved in engagement activity are also promoted on Engaged Research regularly.

You can join using the code fc84jre

Borrow our resources

You can borrow A-frames, clipboards, clickers, etc. Book here (only accessible for UoL staff members).

Museums and University Public Engagement Programme (MUPEP)

Do you want to reach and engage a wider audience with your research? Do you want training from experts in the museum sector who do this on a daily basis? Do you want to develop an engagement activity based around your research area?

Aims of the programme
  • To allow researchers to engage with public audiences by either i) gaining experience in working with the public ii) developing and delivering dissemination activities to support researchers’ work or iii) recruiting a public audience to allow co-design and production of a research project.
  • To appropriately evaluate the activities delivered and report these back to the University, museum and funding body.
  • To work in a coordinated way with the University PE team and the museum sector to aid training of researchers in dissemination, co-design and production with the public audiences that museums attract.

Download further details or read about an example at EUREKA!

If you are seeking a research collaboration with a museum, contact the Cultural Institute.

Currently, the following museums are happy to work with us under this scheme:

  • Leeds Central Library
  • Leeds City Museum
  • Science and Media Museum, Bradford
  • Royal Armouries, Leeds
  • Eureka! The Children’s Museum, Halifax
  • Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds
  • National Railway Museum, York
  • Bradford Museums and Galleries
  • Our own: the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery and the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery