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2019 Chemistry Open Day: Saturday 16 March, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The University of Cambridge Science Festival is a two-week celebration of science in March each year. This year, as every year, we'll be opening our doors to the public on the middle Saturday of the Festival for our very popular Chemistry Open Day.

Here scientists aged from five to 95 can try hands-on activities that explore the endless fascination of chemistry, and find out why we are so excited to call ourselves chemists.  

On Open Day, our Teaching Fellow Dr Peter Wothers also gives a series of popular lectures about the basic concepts of chemistry - which include lots of bangs and explosions to help explain! In 2019, Dr Wothers' lecture Table Talk celebrates 150 years of the Periodic Table.

At our Open Day, visitors can experience the thrill of chemistry, and its importance throughout our lives, by taking part in experiments and demonstrations which are all organised and run by chemistry students and researchers here in the department. We offer numerous activities suitable for children aged 5+.  You can browse these pages to find out more about our Open Day, read and see images of previous Open Days, and access resources and information for schools.​ 

We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Walters Kundert Charitable Trust which makes this event possible.

Here you can watch a short video about our Chemistry Open Day 2018.