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The March 2020 Chemistry Open Day has been cancelled

You can find further information about the cancellation here.

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.

Open Day activities

During the day scientists aged from five to 95 can try hands-on activities that explore the endless fascination of chemistry. Experience the thrill of chemistry, and its importance throughout our lives, by taking part in experiments and demonstrations organised and run by chemistry students and researchers here in the department.  We offer numerous activities suitable for children aged 5+.  

Open Day lecture 2020:  The Chemistry of Light

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! This year Dr Wothers' lecture "The Chemistry of Light" will explore humankind's quest to light our way.  Find out more about The Chemistry of Light and how to sign up

You can browse these pages to 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.

Watch a short video about our Chemistry Open Day 2018, and discover why we are so excited to call ourselves chemists!