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I am delighted to welcome you to LiGHTS Expo 2018. The University of Lincoln is proud of its reputation for providing a high-quality student experience underpinned by a research culture that seeks to contribute to the development of society. LiGHTS Expo 2018 offers anyone and everyone the chance to explore the university and enjoy being intrigued, inspired, informed and amazed by the discoveries that are being made here in science, technology, engineering, maths and the arts.

LiGHTS is Lincoln’s contribution to a Europe-wide celebration of discovery in which universities across the continent open their doors to wider publics and put science in the spotlight. Here in Lincoln you will find interactive displays, demonstrations, talks, films, quizzes, tours and exhibitions along with opportunities to talk to experts, try out equipment and take part in research. Whether you want to challenge a robot, use eye-tracking equipment to see if you are safe to text while walking, find out how your dog sees the world or learn how and why to get a good night’s sleep – or much, much more – there really is something here for everyone. I am sure you will have a memorable day, and I wish you a very enjoyable visit to LiGHTS Expo 2018 at the University of Lincoln.

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln

Welcome to the website for LiGHTS 2017! LiGHTS stands for “Lincoln: Get Hold of Technology and Science”, and that’s what LiGHTS in 2017 is all about – giving anyone and everyone a chance to find out about research and discovery at the University of Lincoln by trying out equipment, exploring the university, taking part in experiments, hearing about the latest discoveries and seeing how research can affect all our lives. The range of activities on offer at LiGHTS 2017 is very broad and I know there is something here for everyone, of all ages and interests. This website has details of all the activities, so do have a look and put Friday 29th September 2017 into your diary for a visit to a world of discovery here in Lincoln! I look forward to seeing you here.
Carenza Lewis, Professor for the Public Understanding of Research, The University of Lincoln


Are you interested in new discoveries, technology and science? Let LiGHTS enlighten you!

Join us at the University of Lincoln for an illuminating one-day expo and see how research undertaken at the university affects modern day life.

Free to attend, LiGHTS features a wide range of hands-on activities designed to capture the imagination of people of all ages.

Find out more about LiGHTS’ free demonstrations, exhibitions, workshops, talks and tours here.



We will be making a series of announcements between now and 29th September. Keep checking this site regularly for the latest news or register here for email updates.

LiGHTS 2020

The next Lights Expo is being planned for summer 2020, giving schools and members of the public the chance to explore the university and find out about the new discoveries being made by its researchers. The date for Lights in summer 2020 will be announced soon on this...

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One thousand Lincolnshire school pupils have signed up for Lincoln: Get Hold of Technology and Science (LiGHTS)! Lincoln University Technical College (UTC) is bringing a group of students to the one-day expo on Friday 29th September at the University of Lincoln. The...

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Play a game of Noughts & Crosses against a robot; learn about the 3D scanning of the 2000-year-old Terracotta Army; see the world through a dog’s eyes; visit the Happiness Lab; and take a chance to trick a passport controller are just some of the activities on...

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LiGHTS will feature a sparkling array of activities, from exploring laboratories, watching films and demonstrations, trying out equipment, listening to lectures, quizzing experts, visiting exhibitions and much, much more – all bringing learning to life by putting the spotlight on technology and science.

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Just like the first LiGHTS event, this year’s expo will feature a wide range of interactive events which show the cutting edge research and innovation taking place at the University of Lincoln.


The University of Lincoln is conveniently located in the centre of Lincoln. Should you need them, a variety of maps can be downloaded from the University of Lincoln website.


Road access is via the A1 with intersections at Newark (A46) from the South and near Retford (A57) from the North. The city is 40 miles east of Nottingham on the A46 and 40 miles south of the Humber Bridge on the A15 Lincoln is less than an hour’s drive fro the M1.

Parking guide at Visit Lincoln.


Lincoln railway station is in the city centre, just a few minutes’ walk from the Brayford Pool campus. Direct trains to London Kings Cross take just under two hours.

There are also frequent rail connections to other major cities, including Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester and Leeds.

Book train tickets on the National Rail website. See information on Lincoln Central Train Station on the East Midlands Trains website.


Traveline can plan journeys to and from the university, display timetables and show next departures for services and stops serving the university.

Traveline provides impartial, comprehensive information for all bus, rail and coach services in the East Midlands and the South of England and is operated by a partnership of local authorities and bus operators.

Visit the Traveline East Midlands website and plan your journey.

Route map

City cente map