Science Uncovered 2015


Discover over 1,000 specimens, meet more than 350 scientists, and join in with hundreds of activities including interactive science stations, debates and behind-the-scenes tours.

Part of European Researchers' Night, our annual festival of science is fun, free and gets better every year.

Science Uncovered is now finished for 2015, but see below for highlights of the activities that took place. Check back next year for details of Science Uncovered 2016.


  • Be one of the first people to see fossil casts from Homo naledi, a newly identified ancient human species
  • Discover specimens featured in the BBC Radio 4 series Natural Histories
  • Experience a live link to the European Space Agency, as scientist Jorge Vago discusses the mission to find signs of life on Mars
  • See the first public displays of two of the Museum’s most important recent acquisitions: the Ivuna meteorite and a complete Greenland shark
  • Hear Sir Mark Walport, the UK’s Government Chief Scientific Advisor, delivering a presentation on the future of energy in the UK


Chat to experts over a drink in the Science Bar and refuel in our other pop-up bars and restaurants. You can also join the festivities at the Natural History Museum in Tring, Hertfordshire and Manchester Museum. Activities taking place throughout this year's event include:

  • Science Stations: discover groundbreaking research, and hear stories about specimens from the people who study them
  • Tours: go behind the scenes to see some unique deep-sea specimens
  • Events: take part in Soapbox Science, the Science Bar and other activities
  • Tring: our museum in Hertfordshire plays host to its own special events, based on an Australian theme
  • Manchester: representatives from the Museum will be on hand at Science Uncovered: Manchester - Manchester Museum's own European Researchers' Night event

Spaces are limited for some activities at Science Uncovered, including Nature Live talks and events hosted in the Flett Theatre. Tickets will be available on the night on a first-come, first-served basis.

This European Researchers' Night project is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions.

  • 25 September 2015

  • South Kensington, London, with additional events in Tring and Manchester

  • Free admission

Download the Science Uncovered map

Discover details and locations for all of this year's Science Uncovered activities with our downloadable map.

Science Uncovered map PDF (1 MB)