Be Curious 2021

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The University’s annual research open event

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Be Curious 2021

Be Curious 2021

Be Curious is the University’s annual research open event, which aims to showcase how research here at Leeds is making a world of difference to people’s lives.

Held online in July 2021, Be Curious 2021 saw us ‘go live’ with a jam-packed programme of family events and activities that audiences could join in with at home!  

We also introduced a brand-new series of Be Curious LATES: exclusive events for grown-ups to get to grips with everything from the world-leading to the wondrous research that goes on inside a University. 

Find out, explore, and investigate by watching Be Curious 2021 events back now!

What's on?

Making a world of difference

Be Curious 2021 aimed to spotlight the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and showcase how research at Leeds is “making a world of difference”.

The SDGs make up a global framework to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. 

We've grouped them into four themes:

1. Caring for health
2. Enabling sustainable lives
3. Inspired innovation and discovery
4. Supporting society

You'll spot these themes throughout the Be Curious live programme and in the amazing 2-minute wow-demonstrations, experiments, demos, and explainer videos that our contributors have created, just for you.

You can read more about the SDGs and just some of the ways we're making an impact on our Sustainability website.

Be Curious themes

  • Caring for health

    From designing the healthcare technology of the future by working with patients, to getting to know your guts and what keeps them happy and healthy, we’re caring for health.

    Nurse and patient
  • Enabling sustainable lives

    From monitoring local air pollution with the help of school children, to measuring climate change from space with world-leading Earth Observation scientists, we’re enabling sustainable lives.

    Students gardening in the sustainable garden
  • Inspired innovation and discovery

    From searching for signs of life on distant planets, to enhancing life on Earth by engineering artificial cells and developing advanced materials, we have inspired innovation and discovery covered.

  • Supporting society

    From using cutting-edge technology to crack criminal cases, to creating community connections to answer local, national and international questions and challenges, we’re supporting society.

    A visitor admires artwork at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery at the University of Leeds

Contact us

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