Festivals of Chemistry

The Salters’ Institute’s Festivals of Chemistry are aimed at 14-16 year olds. Our Festivals encourage learners to ‘Discover Chemistry’, explore the subject and see how it can be 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 of Chemistry 2024

The Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry have introduced a three-stagehybrid approach that includes videos, classroom activities, day trips to universities and a team challenge.

Stage 1 – Discover Chemistry Careers

Videos and classroom activities embedded into short lesson plans which delve into chemistry as a subject, its applications in the real world and the career pathways it offers. Great to use as starters or plenaries which align with Gatsby Benchmark 4.

Stage 2 – Discovery Days

Discovery Days take place regionally at universities with an inspiring programme including a hands-on practical chemistry experiment within the university laboratory. Also included is CPD provision for teachers in attendance. Applications for schools are now open for 2024.

Discovery Days this year will be located at: Queen Mary University of London, University of Leeds, University of East Anglia, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Glasgow, Swansea University, and University of Nottingham.

Stage 3 – Chemistry for Good Challenge

A nationwide challenge that encourages students to develop their independent research skills and teamwork through the creation of innovative solutions for our futures.


For more information, on the different elements of the programme and further details on the format of the Discovery Days:

Download the School Booklet

  • 2,765

    students aged 14-16 year olds have taken part in the Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry since 2021.

  • 90%

    of teachers felt that their students had increased confidence in their chemistry practical skills after attending a Discovery Day.

Register your school for Festivals of Chemistry 2024

Applications for Discovery Days will close on Monday 5 February 2024.

Head to the Festivals of Chemistry Website

We launched our new format in 2022 creating a hybrid model for learners, teachers and schools. Check out where you can find the careers lesson plan and other classroom activities!

If you have any queries about Festivals of Chemistry, please email [email protected].