Festivals of Chemistry

The Salters’ Institute’s Festivals of Chemistry are aimed at 14-16 year olds. Our Festivals encourage learners to ‘Discover Chemistry’ and explore chemistry as a subject and as a pathway to many careers.

Our Festivals of Chemistry date from the early 1990s. They have a long history of engaging learners with hands-on practical chemistry delivered at universities across the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.


Festivals 2022

Festivals 2022 introduce a three-stage, blended approach that includes both online elements and the reintroduction of in-person events hosted at universities in the United Kingdom.








Stage 1 – Explore Chemistry Careers

Videos and Careers lesson plans with corresponding resources delving in to chemistry as a subject, its application in the real world and the career pathways it offers. The content for this will be released in April 2022 at festivalsofchemistry.org for delivery in classrooms throughout April and May.

Stage 2 – Discovery Days

(Please note that places at our Discovery Days are now full with a waiting list for school places)

10 x Regional Discovery Days taking place on-site at universities. The days consist of an inspiring speaker, a hands on practical chemistry experiment and a careers panel. On the day there will also be CPD provision for teachers attending. Applications for schools are now closed for 2022.

Stage 3 – Chemistry for Good Challenge

A nationwide challenge exploring using Chemistry for Good which launched this summer.


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  • 82

    universities and colleges have hosted a Salters' Festival of Chemistry since 1991 across the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

  • 58,864

    participants aged 11-14 years old have taken part in a Salters' Festival of Chemistry.

  • 1,037

    Salters' Festivals of Chemistry have been delivered for 11-14 year olds between 1991 and 2019.

Register your school for Stages 1 and 3 of Festivals 2022.

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Explore Festivals 2021

In 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we took our Festivals of Chemistry online. The content is still live and can be used for future teaching and learning. Go on virtual campus tours, work through pre-recorded experiments, enjoy insights into student experiences, engage in interactive shows and much more.

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