University to showcase top research work

Glowing zebrafish embryos, a sculpture of ice and fire and the world’s first robotic plant will be on show tonight as Sheffield University offers a glimpse into its groundbreaking research.

The university will open its doors from 5pm to 8pm, with more than 120 researchers and students hosting nighttime experiments, talks, tours and demonstrations covering topics from archaeology to dentistry and languages to psychology.

Roboplant, an artificial human-sized plant designed to demonstrate the fundamental steps of photosynthesis, will greet visitors to the Alfred Denny Building.

A giant computer game will be projected on to a wall of Firth Court, where visitors can create and destroy cells as they learn about the role of chemotherapy and antibiotics in the fight against cancer.