Voyage of Discovery

Join us on a voyage of discovery at an exciting research showcase for all the family!

Uncover the immersive world of science, technology and art in this interactive showcase for all ages. Families are invited to meet the people behind the research with hands-on activities, talks and to learn more about robotics, history, the environment and even dentistry.

All are welcome to join us at the historic Plymouth Guildhall, whether dropping in or staying all day.

The event is free to attend. Please book in advance if possible so we can do our best to make sure there are enough activity supplies for every child.


Throughout the day drop-in on some activities with researchers from the University of Plymouth

  • Robot friends with the team from eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (EPIC). Dogs and cats make great companions, even when they are robots! Play with these furry friends and learn how they are helping people living in care homes and with dementia who may otherwise experience loneliness and isolation.
  • Plant science: talk and activities with Chloe Betts, PhD student in the School of Biological and Marine Sciences. Learn all about plants including how the develop and survive by planting a seed, looking at cacti and succulents under a microscope and seeing what happens to plants in a drought.
  • How do we find our way?’ Virtual reality experience exploring the psychology behind how our brains navigate us through the world.
  • Happy teeth, happy smiles with Dr Jo Erwin, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Public Health Dentistry. Looking after your teeth can be fun! Try our interactive games, quizzes, apps and activities for top tips for mouth-care. We’ll have dental goody bags with everything you need to maintain a happy and healthy mouth too!  Grownups can also find out about how our research is helping to improve the dental experience and wider dental services, plus our outreach work with schools and vulnerable populations including refugees and those experiencing homelessness.
  • Sustainability Hub: Low Carbon Devon
  • ‘Bringing digital worlds to life’ with 3D virtual and augmented reality immersive experiences from the Digital Fabrication and Immersive Media Laboratories (DFIML)
  • Baby marine animals in a warming world with Oli Tills, Senior Research Fellow. 20 baby animals – who’s who? Can you find the heartbeat? See baby fish and other sea life in a new way with a close-up look at marine embryos. Learn about their early life stages and how different environments change the way they grow.
  • Plastic or not? with Eve Gadd, Research Assistant for INdIGO. Take a look under the microscope and use a special device to spot the difference between plastic and other materials. Learn how plastic affects the environment and see how plastic fishing nets can be given a new life – and avoid ending up as litter in the sea – by recycling them into new products.

11:00 Talk and demonstration: ‘How composers think and write music’ with Dr Robert Taub, Director of Music at The Arts Institute

There are 88 keys on the piano. When composing music, how do you know which ones to choose first, and which ones come next? Concert pianist Robert Taub will show you how composers think and work. You’ll also get to see how a Steinway piano works and try out playing it.  Throughout the day, there will also be a showcase of SpeechMatch, an innovative research-informed app co-designed by Dr Robert Taub. The app has been created to help improve speech for people on the autism spectrum and people in speech therapy, using visual feedback. See how it works in action!

Event Details

Plymouth Guildhall
Guildhall Square

Date: 01/10/2022
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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