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 let’s start off with the virtual tour:

Did you visit the exhibition (or not)? Do you have any feedback on the resources on this webpage? We’d really like to understand your feelings about the exhibition – or what could have helped you attend, if you didn’t. Share your feedback in our quick survey here, it’s really helpful for us!

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.

Through hands-on activities, out-of-this-world VR experiences, and chats with the exhibition mediators, we took visitors on a journey to explore this current, local research into planetary climates, to see how it fits into the bigger picture here on Earth. Check out our gallery below!

Exhibition resources

We have loads of follow-up resources from the exhibition to help you learn more about climates and exoplanets in more detail. You can find all these resources here, and stay tuned for our 360 degree virtual tour where you can read the signage and explore the exhibition yourself – we’re busy preparing this at the moment!

Looking for our ‘Climate Action’ board (below)? You can find it on our Make an Impact page, along with more ideas for how to make a difference!

The team!

The ESC team (Ross, Alice and Natalie) worked hard from February 2023 to reimagine last year’s exhibition – every part of it was designed / built in-house*!

We were so lucky to have 27 fantastic volunteers throughout the exhibition week who helped set up, pack down and run our exhibition – we’re so grateful and couldn’t have done it without them.

Here are some of our photos of the team, including some of their climate pledges!

*quite literally – we work from home, and Ross’ living room and shed were dedicated to exhibit-making for many weeks, as you can see in the photos!

thank you

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! We’re delighted that this work has been summarised in the ASDC Valuing Inclusion Report, on pages 17-18 here.

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

As a British Science Festival Partner, we worked with the British Science Association team to run the Community Grants Programme.

To find out more behind-the-scenes info on how we improved the exhibition, and the feedback from visitors, check out our impact report below: