Climate Exhibition 2023

Our Climate Exhibition 2023 was part of the British Science Festival this year!

It was re-designed with input from local communities to make an even more awesome and accessible experience, packed with new content and research.

The exhibition was centred around climate modelling – which not only helps us to understand our own climate and how it is changing, but also the climates on other planets…

Check out the exhibition resources below, and stay tuned for the virtual tour coming soon!

The Exhibition

Image Credit: “A Portrait of Global Winds” – William Putman/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Exeter is renowned as a global centre for climate research, with the largest number of meteorologists and climate change specialists in the UK – many of whom are based at the Met Office and the University of Exeter’s Global Systems Institute.

The city is also home to a world-leading astrophysics research department at the University of Exeter, with a specialism in exoplanet climates – the climates of planets outside of our solar system. Check out the videos from the recent Exoclimes event to meet some of these local exoplanet experts!

Through hands-on activities, out-of-this-world VR experiences, and chats with the exhibition Mediators, our exhibition aims to take you on a journey to explore current, local research into planetary climates, and to see how it fits into the bigger picture here on Earth.

That’s where you come in, as an honorary interplanetary explorer: we want to understand your feelings about this pale blue dot called Earth.

What makes it special?

How can we better protect its inhabitants?

In this exhibition, we’re going to take you on a journey… home.

Exhibition Resources

We have loads of follow-up resources from the exhibition to help you learn more about climates and exoplanets in more detail. Find them all here, and stay tuned for our virtual tour – we’re busy preparing this at the moment!

It was fantastic to have the British Science Festival in Exeter this year – and we were delighted to be a Festival Partner!

We worked with the British Science Association on delivering their Community Grants scheme, and supporting the grant recipients on their projects.

Image credit: Alexas_Fotos via Unsplash

We’re grateful to students from West Exe School and Ellen Tinkham College, along with members of The Pelican Project, Colab Exeter and SPACE Youth Services for helping us improve the exhibition and make it more accessible for this year – and to the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) for supporting our work with these communities, via the STFC Impact Project!

The improvements and running costs for this year’s exhibition have been generously funded by the STFC and the University of Exeter’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Global Systems Institute – we are so grateful for their support.