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.


We are currently evaluating our Festivals of Chemistry from 2022 and will be releasing information about the programme for next year by early 2023. This will include details of our Discovery Days and what to expect across all three stages.
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Festivals 2022

Festivals 2022 introduced a three-stage, blended approach that included 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 was 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 consisted of an inspiring speaker, a hands on practical chemistry experiment and a careers panel. On the day there was also CPD provision for teachers attending.

Stage 3 – Chemistry for Good Challenge

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

Students aged 14-16 years old work in teams of up to 4 to create innovative solutions to make the world a greener place through improving or reducing waste. Ideas need to submitted by Friday 23rd September on the festivalsofchemistry.org website.


Download the Schools Booklet

  • 626

    students took part in a Discovery Day during 2022.

  • 67

    schools from all four home nations took part in our Discovery Days in 2022.

  • 1,721

    hours of practical work were completed in June 2022 by students attending Discovery Days.

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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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