Sheffield joins global night experiment

Dr Joanna Buckley from our Department of Chemistry.
Dr Joanna Buckley from our Department of Chemistry.
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The Sheffield dialect - and all its unique linguistic features - will be explored at a special night when a city university throws opens its doors to the public to bring science alive.

Evening experiments, pop-in lectures, science buskers and over 80 academics are part of global event Researchers’ Night at the University of Sheffield on Friday, September 28.

Turning Marmite white and archaeological digs are just two of the quirky events lined up while 800 universities in Europe hold their own nights simultaneously.

Dr Jane Hodson will help people learn all about the Sheffield dialect while visitors can find out if they have criminal ancestors, query black holes and have their hearts tested.

Dr Joanna Buckley, pictured, will examine the strange things that happen to everyday objects in extreme cold.

Meanwhile, Dr Milton Wainwright, who specialises in astrobiology and science history, will give a talk on the oldest ever documented use of penicillin in Sheffield, which saved babies from blindness.

He said: “This is a really exciting opportunity.

“The idea of taking part in a simultaneous, worldwide exchange of knowledge is an incredible thought.

“It’s a great chance for us to share some of the amazing research going on here at the university.

“We’re working with teams across the world and some of the advancements we’re making will have an impact globally – so it’s fitting we are able to demonstrate it to people at an event like this, in a way that makes it so accessible.”

The University of Sheffield is the sixth institution in the UK to have taken part in Researchers’ Night, funded by the European Commission.

It forms part of the first Festival of the Mind, from September 20 to 30, a collaboration to showcase cultural strengths of the university.

Visitors will also learn about the history of hanging and wander around the university’s historic buildings.

Visit for more details about everything happening on the night.