Date & time

Thu, 29 Feb 2024
10:45 - 15:45


Emmanuel Centre, London
9 - 23 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 3DW

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About this day

For A level and IB students

Join us for an amazing day of exhilarating chemistry which will take students from key concepts learnt in the classroom to the latest advancements in chemical research! Through five engaging sessions students will meet experienced scientists from academia and industry and be inspired to become the scientists of the future.

Each day also includes a special session on examination success that will ensure students are equipped with the tools they need to excel. There will be plenty of interactivity throughout the day, with polls, quizzes and (of course) your chance to question the scientists – join us at Chemistry in Action!

“Great variety of talks and good interactive elements!”

Chemistry Teacher, March 2023

Programme & speakers

Amazing Atoms: Nuclear Science Can Change the World Tim Gregory, Nuclear Scientist

Nuclear science has the power to solve some of the greatest challenges, from achieving net zero, to curing cancers in new ways, to exploring outer space. Atoms may be small, but they can change the world.

Tim Gregory

About Dr Tim Gregory

Tim is a nuclear chemist whose lab work takes him to the forefront of clean energy production, nuclear medicine research, and space exploration. With a PhD in meteorite science he has appeared on BBC4’s The Sky at Night and the BBC2 series Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?


The Accidental Materials Scientist Anna Ploszajski, Materials Scientist, Writer and Storyteller

This is the story of an accidental materials scientist; accidentally studying materials science instead of physics at university, accidentally breaking stuff, accidentally leaving a microscope slide on a shelf for nine months and making a huge accidental discovery. My dad always tells me ‘you make your own luck’, but what if it all just happened by accident?

Anna Ploszajski

About Dr Anna Ploszajski

Anna Ploszajski is a materials scientist, author, presenter and science comedian who is on a mission to get people fascinated by the ordinary stuff which makes up the world around us. Her book Handmade tells the story of materials through their use in arts and crafts.

Emerging Minds in Chemistry Greg Foot, Science Presenter and Communicator

Our host for the day, Greg Foot will engage in captivating conversations with chemistry professionals in this inspiring, career-focussed panel session. These scientists are at the start of their careers and keen to share their passion for science with your students.

Greg Foot

About Greg Foot

Greg is a Science Journalist who has been writing, hosting & producing science content for 15+ years across TV, Radio, YouTube, Podcast, & Stage. He currently writes & hosts his popular BBC 4 show and podcast Sliced Bread and is a regular on BBC Morning live.

Batteries for a greener tomorrow Heather Au, Materials Chemist, Imperial College London

Globally, only 11.4% of our energy comes from renewable sources. To increase wind and solar power, we need batteries, and lots of them! However, the batteries we use today cannot support our long-term energy growth without damaging our planet. We will explore new battery technologies that will help us meet our energy demands as we transition towards a future without fossil fuels.

Heather Au

About Dr Heather Au

Heather is a materials chemist at Imperial College London who studies new materials for green energy. In particular, she is interested in how we can make use of everyday waste for energy storage technologies.

From Enemies of Eden to Neglected Tropical Disease - New Approaches for Snake Bite Diagnosis Alex Baker, University of Warwick

Every 5 minutes, 50 people are bitten by a snake worldwide. 4 will be permanently disabled. 1 will die. Snake envenomation is a neglected tropical disease that requires urgent attention. Explore the relationship between humans and snakes, discover the influence this has had on the modern medicine cabinet and how chemistry can help fight against tropical diseases.

Alex Baker

About Dr Alex Baker

Alex is an organic chemist with a particular interest in carbohydrates, polymers and nanoparticles. His work is used to design medical diagnostics with a particular focus on the developing world and fighting health inequalities.