Be Curious with Leeds University

Be Curious is Leeds 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.

Launching on Monday (5 July 2021) this year’s Be Curious promises to be an online extravaganza! Join us across the 10-day festival as we ‘go live’ with a jam-packed programme of family events and activities that you can join in with from home.

We’re also introducing 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. So, get ready to find out, explore, investigate and join us for Be Curious 2021!

All events are free to attend. Check out our programmes for full details of our events and how to register at:

This year, Be Curious will 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.

Family events include a day at the Space Shed with space scientists, oceanographers, earthquake experts, Antarctic explorers, and all-round climate champions for a fun-filled day of activities; make your own stethoscope and listen to your heart; help plan a sustainable city with My Future Leeds; and why we use inherited or adopted ‘family words’.