Science Uncovered 2016

A group of visitors and scientists at Science Uncovered

Discover rare items from the Museum's collections, meet hundreds of experts and take part in interactive science stations, debates and behind-the-scenes tours.

Part of European Researchers' Night, our annual festival of science is free and offers you the chance to uncover the hidden worlds of nature - from the depths of the oceans to planets beyond our own.

Activities include:

  • Science Stations: meet hundreds of scientists and discover their groundbreaking research at these themed stations exploring the hidden worlds around us.
  • Events: join the Intergalactic Council of Intelligent Life Forms as Museum scientists make their case for our planet, help judge the world's biggest science communication competition, and take part in interactive talks.
  • Storytelling: listen to our researchers' tales of life in the field, from first-hand accounts of working on a volcano to recollections of life in the rainforest.
  • Tours: go behind the scenes to see our captivating spirit collection, discover the history and architecture of the Museum, and visit our world-leading Conservation Unit.
  • Food and drink: chat to experts over a drink in the Science Bar and refuel in our other pop-up bars and restaurants.

Everything is free to attend, but spaces will be limited for some activities. Tickets will be available on the night on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • 30 September 2016
    16.00 - 22.00

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

  • Free admission

Science Uncovered at Tring

Discover the startling stories behind the collections of the Natural History Museum at Tring, meet world-class scientists and experience the historic galleries by night.

You can also join the festivities at the Natural History Museum at Tring, Manchester Museum, the Great North Museum in Newcastle, and the Ulster Museum in Belfast.

Science stations

Meet hundreds of scientists at these themed stations, and discover how their research is helping us face future challenges to our planet and telling us more about the history of life on Earth.

  • Beyond our shores: find out about bloodworm venom's importance to the fishing industry, discover the surprising role of algae in the ecosystem, and watch our conservators at work on our blue whale skeleton.
  • Under our skin: see two ancient human casts on public display for the first time, find out what they can tell us about the effects of our environment on human evolution, and meet a range of parasites that thrive under our skin.
  • Beneath our feet: discover how the world beneath our feet is crucial to our survival, from earthworms processing soil and protecting us from environmental hazards, to the elements we mine for use in transportation and technology.
  • Beyond our sight: using the latest technology, scientists can reveal the natural world in more detail than ever before. From bacteria to bioacoustics, learn how microscopic details are helping us understand our future challenges.
  • Life in the dark: discover how scientific research is shedding light on organisms that thrive in the dark, from specialised adaptations to strange and unexpected relationships.
  • Hidden relationships: find out about the secret relationships between moths and bats, how parasitoid wasps can be used for biocontrol, and the connections between our everyday foodstuff and their relatives growing in the wild.
  • Lost worlds: see the fossilised remains of ancient woolly rhinos, bears and hyenas, and discover what they could tell us about the changing climate on our planet today.
  • EU corner: take a seat at our interactive 'talkaoke' table and discuss the natural world's most pressing issues with our researchers. Plus, contribute to science by helping Museum researchers transcribe real data from our collections.

Science Uncovered trailer


This European Researchers' Night 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.

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 (1.5 MB)

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