What real-life research discoveries will you make?

Want to find out what discoveries are being made in universities right now? Bringing Research to Life is where you can explore awesome projects and scientific secrets. Take a look at what’s happening on the seabed. See what the scientists are doing with bugs and germs. It’s so much fun!

Experts and students at the University of Southampton and Surrey University have created this area with us. They've got lots of brilliant research and projects to share with you. Come and be part of our exciting experiments and epic displays.

Are you ready to explore?

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Interactive science exhibition photo showing two children engaging with an exhibit
The Beneath the Blue exhibit

Let's explore Beneath the Blue

Ever wondered what’s going on under the sea? Come on an amazing voyage that shows you why we need to care for our oceans. Want to see what’s in the seabed and how can we keep fish safe? Let’s find out. This adventure was made by Professor Martin Solan, Professor of Marine Ecology with Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton's National Oceanography Centre and it’s awesome!

Accessibility info

Accessibility information for Bringing Research to Life

This area is accessible for everyone to enjoy. It's great sensory fun. You can see all the displays. You can hear them. They’re low down so you can touch them too. If you need a sensory backpack or a wheelchair, just book one before you visit.

Some of the exhibits are in a darker environment. Give your eyes time to get used to the dark. If you use British Sign Language, it might be difficult. Don’t like noisy or dark or smelly places? We’ve got a special map to show you where they are. You can borrow ear defenders from the Welcome area, Bio:Space, Science Theatre and Science Live too. 

Ask us for anything you need. We’re here to help you have fun.

Read all about accessibility here
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Join the Curiosity Club

Spend the next 12 months making new discoveries with an annual membership. Get free entry, discounted tickets to The Planetarium and lots of special extras!

Join us with an annual membership
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Trick or treat this October half term!

Calling all mini monsters, witches and werewolves! Come and join us for some fiendish science fun this October half term. Take on the trick or treat trail. Join the mini monster disco. Watch the Potions Science Lab live show. Plus so much more! 

Find out what's going on
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Fiesta fun this summer

Olympic and Paralympic fever is taking over both inside and out! Beat the bugs in the Bug Olympics. Create an epic opening ceremony inspired by nature. Find out about the science of us. And discover what happens to our bodies during exercise. 

Join in the fun