Date & time

Wed, 1 Mar 2017
11:00 - 16:00


UCL Institute of Education, London
20 Bedford Way
London, WC1H 0AL

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About this day

Chemists have all the fun…

Five sessions from leading chemists in academia and industry will inspire the scientists of the future. From the elements to energy, poisons to perfume, this programme is engaging, challenging and entertaining. 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 Dr Peter Wothers

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

Nanoinvasion! Jamie Gallagher, Science Presenter

Materials Scientist Jamie Gallagher will be your guide as we shrink down and get hands on with the tiny tech that is changing everything. Discover a world where robots build themselves, metal becomes transparent and pencils become stronger than steel.

Jamie Gallagher

About Dr Jamie Gallagher

Jamie is an award winning science communicator with a PhD in chemistry and electrical engineering. 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.

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 four former medicines and their effects on the body with some killer case studies.

Kathryn Harkup

About Dr Kathryn Harkup

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

The science of scent Will Andrews, Proctor & Gamble

Perfumes are typically a blend of natural essential oils and single aromachemicals. Will will share the fundamentals of perfumery (a combination of artistic design and chemistry) and will explore the fascinating processes involved.

Will Andrews

About Will Andrews

Will Andrews is Principal Scientist at Procter & Gamble, where he guides the team in designing the next generation of perfumes for the P&G Prestige brand portfolio.

Mercury - window on the invisible Andrea Sella, Chemist and broadcaster, University College London

Mercury is the most beautiful element in the periodic table and the most reviled. Andrea will explore the world of mercury, ending with the question, can we bring it to life?

Andrea Sella

About Professor Andrea Sella

Andrea is a synthetic chemist and broadcaster who is interested in the structure and bonding in the rare earths. He has been involved in numerous radio and television projects.