Find out about ORCA's public outreach events.

Edinburgh Science Festival 2020

Unfortunately due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Science Festival has been cancelled. However, we are taking part in the digital Edinburgh Science Festival by providing downloadable online resources to help the public learn about our work.


We will be participating in this year's Edinburgh Science Festival at the National Museum of Scotland over the Easter weekend.

Dr. Alistair McConnell (University of Edinburgh) will be leading the 'Seeing the Hidden Environment' exhibit in the Hawthornden Court at the Museum on 11th and 12th April as part of a joint ORCA Hub and Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious: "Robosense" initiative.

Visitors will be able to interact, program and play with our Cozmo robots in a hands-on arena and then see how our Husky robot compares doing real-life tasks. Find out how the "Robosense" project is helping local school pupils learn to code and explore their surroundings using our extreme environmental sensors.

Find out more.

ORCA Hub robots

ORCA at Subsea Expo 2020

From 11 to 13 February 2020 ORCA Hub Manager, Dr. Lindsay Wilson and Business Development Executive, David Wavell exhibited at Subsea Expo in Aberdeen.

They were joined on Day 1 by Hub Research Associate, Dr. Rahul Mourya who was talking to visitors about the Subsea Internet of Things. Specialist in the Hub's Smart 3D Underwater Vision research, Dr. Tomasz Luczynski also joined the team on for Day 2.

Subsea Expo 2020

ORCA at Offshore Europe 2019

From 3 to 6 September we exhibited at Offshore Europe 2019 in Aberdeen. Find out more about the research we showcased.

On Wednesday 4 September we also ran a "Workshop on Verification and Validation for Offshore Robotics" at the event.

Images from Offshore Europe 2019

ORCA at The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

ORCA exhibited at The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in London from Monday 1 July to Sunday 7 July 2019!

Find out more about our exhibit, "Robots in the Danger Zone" and meet the team.

We also participated in the 2020 Exhibition as part of an online "What are they up to now?" session.

What is the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition all about?

Cozmo robot

Science Saturday - National Museums Scotland

Dr. Katrin Lohan, Prof. Lynne Baillie and their team from the Department of Maths & Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University took part in the National Museums Scotland 'Science Saturday' on 19 January 2019. The aim of the exhibit was to get young visitors engaged with robots by getting them to drive Anki's 'Cozmo' robots around a racecourse. Designed as the ultimate robot for children Cozmo introduces them to basic coding.

Science Saturday

ORCA Hub Open Day

In October 2018 we hosted our first ORCA Hub Open Day at Heriot-Watt University. The day was an opportunity for those interested in the Hub to come along and find out more about our activities during the first year of the project and our plans for the future. The event also featured a robotics showcase with exhibits from our partner institutions and research groups. Find out more about our Open Day...

ORCA Open Day