About this day
Chemists have all the fun…
Join us for an incredible day of chemistry, taking students from their studies to cutting-edge research and future applications in great style! Five sessions from leading chemists in academia and industry will inspire the scientists of the future. A special session on examination success will ensure students are equipped with the tools to excel.
Programme & speakers
How to discover a new element Kit Chapman, Author and chemist
Ever wanted your name on the periodic table? Kit will reveal the secrets of creating a new chemical element, exploring a world where atoms are so unstable they exist for the blink of an eye.
About Kit Chapman
Kit Chapman is an award-winning science journalist who currently writes for Chemistry World. His book on element discovery, Superheavy was published in 2019.
Making the monster Kathryn Harkup, Chemist and author
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was published 200 years ago this year when science, especially chemistry, was the hot topic. What science fact might have influenced this amazing work of science fiction? How might a real-life Victor Frankenstein have built and reanimated his creature?
About Kathryn Harkup
Kathryn is a chemist and science communicator specialising in delivering talks and workshops on the quirky side of science.
Plastic fantastic? Jamie Gallagher, University of Glasgow
It can be any shape, colour, property and lasts 500 years! Despite the damage plastic does to the environment demand has never been higher. Join Jamie to discover the amazing properties of plastic and how to tackle the plastic problem.
About Jamie Gallagher
Dr Jamie Gallagher is a scientist and science communicator. He was recognised as one of the UK’s “100 Leading Practising Scientists” by the Science Council.
Lights, Crystals, Action! Claire Murray, Diamond Light Source
Crystals are incredibly tiny things that contain a huge amount of knowledge. They form from repeating units of atoms and molecules and these can be identified via diffraction. Join Claire to discover how powerful one miniscule crystal can be!
About Claire Murray
Claire works at the UK’s national synchrotron, Diamond Light Source. She studies little and large molecules, mainly using X-ray diffraction to understand their shape and their properties.
Peter Wothers' tales from the periodic table Peter Wothers, University of Cambridge
About Peter Wothers
Dr Peter Wothers is a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St Catharine’s College.