About this day
For A level and IB students
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. Join us for a day of scientific discovery!
Programme & speakers
A is for Arsenic Kathryn Harkup, Chemist and author
Many poisons were once found on pharmacy shelves. Kathryn will examine the chemistry behind four former medicines and their effects on the body with some killer case studies.
About Kathryn Harkup
Kathryn is a chemist and science communicator specialising in delivering talks and workshops on the quirky side of science.
How Chemistry can Save You after an Apocalypse...! Lewis Dartnell, University of Westminster
Imagine you wake up tomorrow and the world as we know it has collapsed… How could you use your knowledge to survive in the post-apocalyptic wasteland? What simple chemistry would be most crucial for helping you reboot civilisation from scratch?
About Lewis Dartnell
Lewis is an astrobiologist studying how microbial life might persist on the surface of Mars. He appears regularly on the BBC, National Geographic and Discovery channels.
Materials for the 21st century Mark Miodownik, University College London
Bionic people with synthetic organs, bones and even brains will soon be the norm. Just as we are becoming more synthetic, our man-made environment is changing to become more lifelike – discover the future of materials.
About Mark Miodownik
Prof Miodownik is a materials engineer. His book Stuff Matters won the Royal Society Winton Prize.
Do you smell almonds? Jamie Gallagher, University of Glasgow
Chemistry lets us understand flavour. Discover what pushes our taste buds to the limit and how very small differences can lead to dramatically different tastes as we open the chemist’s kitchen cabinet.
About Jamie Gallagher
Jamie is an award winning science communicator. With a PhD in chemistry and electrical engineering, Jamie’s interests lie in interdisciplinary materials science. He has appeared on TV, radio, and stages around the world and was recognised as one of the 100 leading practicing scientists in the UK by the Science Council.
Energy storage for a sustainable future Serena Corr, University of Sheffield
Renewable energy resources will allow us to move to a more sustainable society. However, the wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine. Serena takes us on a journey through batteries to power our future.
About Serena Corr
Serena’s research focuses on the design, synthesis and characterization of functional nanomaterials in particular for applications in energy storage, with an emphasis on understanding their intimate structure-property interplay.