Public Engagement


Globe Road Festival: World Poetry in East London

A festival of east London poetry featuring a wide range of activities over five days in autumn 2015. The festival looks to celebrate, share and develop the range of poetry represented locally and the international networks it represents.


A flock of resting butterflies will be recreated using technology and ‘smart materials’. Captured in a glass display, artificial ‘butterflies’ made of rubber and plastic will mimic the movements of nature through electrical stimulation, prompting viewers’ curiosity about what created them.

The Bioengineering Experience

Queen Mary researchers will invite school groups into bioengineering labs to experience the true nature of the subject. Interactive, hands-on activities will give children a chance to experience the work that Bioengineers do and how it affects them. The activities will be integrated into an online virtual lab as a teaching resource.

Engaging Older Adults with Bioengineering

Researchers in SEMS will hold interactive sessions for older audiences on bioengineering and medical implants. As well as a main event at Queen Mary in December, smaller scale talks will take place off-campus and at events held by partners, such as the University of the Third Age.

Sound Out “The Sound of Discovery” at Inside Out festival

An evening of contemporary music and immersive theatre. The concert will use locations across campus to perform pieces showcasing contemporary musical innovations at Queen Mary, including the C4DM magnetic resonance piano and a trumpet for one handed players.

Resident Artists Workshops

Through workshops on campus and in local schools, two artists in residence will explore contemporary developments from traditional Bangladeshi and Brazilian musical styles with local residents. The projects will allow culture and traditions to be shared between countries and communities, culminating in joint ‘showcase’ performances.

Science-led Turtle Conservation in Cape Verde

Combining state-of-the-art technology with high level, hands-on, education the project engages local communities and students at Cape Verde Universities, with the local students taught to act as ambassadors to raise awareness of the consequences of small turtle populations.


This interactive exhibition will bring neuroscience and art together to engage new audiences. Artworks created through three month collaborations between scientists and artists will be on display alongside neuroscience-themed activities such as screen-printing and knitting workshops, with researchers on hand to explain the science behind the art.

How we Read

An exhibition of assistive technologies designed to help blind people read, displayed in November at ‘Being Human’, the UK’s first national festival of the humanities. Historic artefacts and tactile reproductions will be on show, while activities, workshops and live performances will encourage the public to try alternative ways of reading with their eyes, ears, and fingers.