BGS Open Day, Edinburgh | 27 Sept 2014

'Lego tsunami

Murchison House, the BGS office in Edinburgh, will hold its annual Open Day on Saturday 27 September 2014 as part of Edinburgh's Doors Open Day.

The Open Day is always packed with earth science demonstrations, talks, experiments and displays of our work at home and abroad, with lots of hands-on activities for even the youngest hands.

This year our interactive exhibits include an augmented reality sandbox, making your own earthquake, tsunami safety demonstrations and a 2700-gallon pool where you can pilot an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV).

Our passionate scientists and staff want to share their knowledge and inspire excitement for science, so whether you’re bringing a reporter's pad, student notebook, academic paper and/or the kids, your questions and enthusiasm will be welcomed.

You’ll also meet lot of our colleagues and good friends from around Scotland, including the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) team who have installed a 9-metre-long exhibit, especially for kids, as well as many other interactive displays.

Contact Ted Harris for further information.

For information on other events, see our online Diary.

National Science and Engineering Week

The BGS has celebrated National Science and Engineering Week since it began in 1994. In 2014, we held two events at our Keyworth headquarters: the Fossil and Rock Show for primary school children between the 19–21 March, and a Family Fun Day for everyone interested in fossils, dinosaurs, volcanoes, earthquakes and other kinds of ‘rocky science’ on Saturday 22 March.

Fossil & Rock Roadshow

The BGS annual Fossil and Rock Show will be held in our conference venue at Keyworth between 19 and 21 March 2014.

The Fossil and Rock Show is aimed at primary schools teaching Key Stage 2 and is particularly suitable for years 5 and 6. If you would like to book for next year's event or need further information, email or call Katie Tietjen on 0115 936 3424.

Check out our 2014 Facebook gallery or view the gallery below, which shows some highlights from the 2012 schools event.

Family Fun Day

The BGS celebrated National Science & Engineering Week on Saturday 22 March 2014 in our conference venue at Keyworth.

There were displays, demonstrations and talks, with lots to see, plenty of hands-on activities and tours for children and adults.

A number of science organisations helped us out, along with Rockwatch, the national club for young geologists.

For more information about National Science & Engineering Week, including other events around the UK, visit the British Science Association website.

Explore Your Archives: Open archive day

From time to time BGS has held open days to support the National Archives 'Archive Awareness' and 'Explore Your Archives' campaigns.

We last held an open archive day for the public at Keyworth on Saturday 1 December 2012. This event was in support of the national Archive Awareness Campaign 2012. The national theme for AAC was 'Sports, Games and the Olympics' in 2012, and we explored the links between fun, leisure, sporting achievement and the earth sciences.

Read more about the 2012 event.