The Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition returns in July

Free for all ages and with lots of hands-on exhibits and talks, the location is the Royal Society’s HQ, which is off the The Mall (6 – 9 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5AG, to be precise).

The kind of topics covered? Well, for example, you’ll be able to discover how easily solar cells can be made with low-cost sustainable materials and be powered by everyday substances.

Or find out why llama farms are becoming more important in treating human illness.

And learn how researchers are injecting stem cells into the body, steering them to a specific location and remotely activating them.

Or discover the elements to be found inside the “Winchcombe” meteorite, recently recovered from a driveway in Gloucestershire, and the list goes on. You can read more here.

The organisers write:

“Join us at the weekend to explore our drop-in workshops, or visit during the week to meet the budding scientists at our Young Researchers Zone, where students from the Partnership Grants scheme will be exhibiting their research. Families can explore the exhibition at their own pace during the weekend with workshops for all ages and interests, as well as a dedicated children’s area, child-friendly menu, and buggy parking available.”


The Royal Society – which was founded on 28 November 1660 and was granted a royal charter by King Charles II – highlights that the exhibition’s history dates back to 1778. The President at the time, Joseph Banks, apparently started ‘conversaziones’ (later known as the Soirees) and they were an opportunity for Fellows of the Royal Society to show their latest research.

It was this that developed into the now-familiar public Summer Science Exhibition.

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