Panel discussions

During the exhibition there will be several evening panel discussions. Hear leading experts discuss developments in sports science (Tuesday), use of forensic science in the criminal justice system (Friday) and the psychology and evolution of physical attraction (Saturday).

Café Scientifiques

We will be hosting a Café Scientifique event on each day of the exhibition, based on the theme of 'the senses'. These events provide a forum for the debate and discussion of ideas, with audience participation being actively encouraged.

The events are on Food for thought?Can computers see our world?What happens when our senses overlap?Why do we feel pain?How well do insects smell? and What do the stars sound like?

The Café Scientifique events are held in the Terrace Café, which unfortunately is not wheelchair accessible.

Interactive talks and public lectures

On Tuesday and Friday evening, our exclusive schools talks will be repeated for our public visitors. The wonder of chemistry will be discussed on Tuesday, and the mysteries hidden in fossilised faeces will be unlocked on Friday.

On Sunday evening, there will be a lecture by British astronaut, Helen Sharman, and former Soviet Cosmonaut, Anatoly Artsebarsky entitled  Rocket Science! UK & Russia in orbit.

Other exhibits

Alongside the scientific exhibits, the exhibition will feature other exhibits, including:

  • Sovereign Science: The most significant discoveries during the sixty years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.
  • Science and sport: The Fellowship's ties with sport, highlighting some of the passions they have outside of their work in science.
  • Story of the Royal Society: The history of the Royal Society since its inception in 1660, the work of the Society in the present day and the aims of the Society for the future.

Family activities

On Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July there will be several activities for families. 

See inside inventions
How did an untidy doctor change the world? Who really invented the radio? And what on earth inspired the engineers to try and build a space rocket? Join us on a trip to discover the amazing and funny stories behind some of the world's most ground-breaking inventions! See inside inventions by Alex Frith is one of six shortlisted books for the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2012. Find out more about the prize, other 2012 shortlisted books and previous winners here.
Show time: Saturday 2.40pm - 3.20pm

Sir Isaac Newton
Professional entertainer David Hall transforms himself into Sir Isaac Newton, one of the Royal Society's most famous Presidents. Take part in some of Newton's most exciting experiments and demonstrations in this high-energy, educational show.
Show times on Saturday and Sunday: 11.30am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm - 2.30pm and 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Slime workshop
Take a dollop of PVA, better known as glue, add some Borax with a little food colouring, and bingo - you have a stretchy, slippery, slobbery slime. Mixing the chemicals together makes the standalone polymers in PVA join together into long molecular strands. Children will be able to take home a pot of their own hand-made slime.
Show times on Saturday and Sunday: 11.00am - 12.00pm and 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Plasma Ball workshop
Children will come face-to-face with miniature lightning! The Boffins will show you how electricity can burn through paper or light a match, and some volunteers will be selected for a "live" experiment where the discharge is passed through your body so you light up a fluorescent tube in your hand. Those who are brave enough can even experience a mini electric shock.
Show times on Saturday and Sunday: 12.30pm - 1.30pm and 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Physics in the Field
Create a mini tornado, learn how to pierce a balloon without making it burst and witness the amazing waterproof handkerchief.
Show times: all weekend

Please note that at the family activities children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times and no adults will be admitted without an accompanying child.