Date & time

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
11:00 - 16:00


University of Salford
The Crescent
Salford, M5 4PD

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About this day

Chemists have all the fun…

Join us in autumn 2017 for an incredible day of chemistry! 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

Gods, devils and alcohol Peter Wothers, University of Cambridge

What connects a urinating camel to a spiral fossil? In which brands of shampoo can you find “Fooles Bolloxe” and “beaver testicles?” Peter guarantees you will never look at a bottle of shampoo in the same way again!

Peter Wothers

About Peter Wothers

Dr Peter Wothers is a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St Catharine’s College.

A is for Arsenic Kathryn Harkup, Chemist and author

Many compounds we now consider to be poisons were once found on pharmacy shelves. Kathryn will examine the chemistry behind former medicines and their effects on the body with some killer case studies.

Kathryn Harkup

About Kathryn Harkup

Kathryn is a chemist and science communicator specialising in delivering talks and workshops on the quirky side of science.

Indestructible energy! Jamie Gallagher, University of Glasgow

What does one unit of energy look and feel like? Explore how chemists are working to turn humans into walking batteries to power our daily life and the energy bound inside a molecule of food.

Jamie Gallagher

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.

Nature's robots Mark Lorch, University of Hull

Proteins are the micro-machines that control living organisms. Mark will take a look at the amazing and still mysterious processes that proteins use to self assemble and what happens when proteins go rogue.

Mark Lorch

About Mark Lorch

Mark Lorch is Professor of Science Communication at the University of Hull, but he’s a biochemist at heart. 

The magic of oxygen Mike Batham and Rob Janes, Open University

Expect a few flashes and bangs as some explosive mixtures are conjured up by Mike and Rob. We will look at the work of scientists such as Boyle, Newton and Priestley, and recreate some of their experiments in unusual ways.

Mike Batham and Rob Janes

About Mike Batham and Rob Janes

Mike is the lab manager for Open Science on campus  and Rob is a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry and Staff Tutor at the Open University.