Futures Zone Report – November-December 2020

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The FUTURES Zone ran from 16 November to 11 December 2020.

The Zone was funded by FUTURES2020, a public engagement collaboration between the University of Bath, Bath Spa University, University of Bristol, University of Exeter and University of Plymouth. FUTURES2020 is part of European Researchers’ Night (ERN), a Europe-wide event dedicated to explaining research through fun and interactive learning. ERN is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.

The Zone was open to school students and researchers from the South West of England.


  • 13 researchers from the University of Bristol created profiles in the Zone.
  • 8 researchers engaged with students through live Chats and/or Ask questions.
  • Researchers from a broad range of fields and career stages took part. For example:
    • Eugenia Geddes Da Filicaia – PhD researcher in conservation between the University of Bristol and the National Gallery
    • Fernando Alvira Iraizoz – Specialist Research Technician in animal physiology at the University of Bristol
    • Eliza Hunt – Chemical Synthesis PhD student at the University of Bristol


  • 54 students from 3 schools from SW England logged into the Zone.
  • 2 schools were target schools: 1 Widening Participation (WP) and 1 Underserved (U).

Live Chats & Questions

  • 4 live Chats took place took place during the activity.
  • 5 live Chats were booked but 1 was a ‘school no show’.
  • On average, 4 scientists attended each live Chat session.
  • 1 teacher typed questions in a live Chat on behalf of their students, so the number of
    students engaged may be higher by up to 15.
  • 12 student questions were approved. Researchers responded with 10 answers.
Posted on February 11, 2021 by modtom in News, Zone Reports. Comments Off on Futures Zone Report – November-December 2020