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A unique opportunity to showcase your research at the UK’s most prestigious science exhibition. The call for proposals for the 2013 Summer Science Exhibition is now closed, the call for proposals for 2014 will open in Summer 2013.
Each year over 10,000 members of the public and 2,000 school students visit the Summer Science Exhibition. Many more are reached through coverage on TV, in the media and online.
The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to raise the profile of your research and institution with key influencers, including potential funders, government and the public.
Exhibitors are responsible for designing their exhibition stand. The exhibit should be engaging for a non-scientific visitor and include associated interactive activities. Most exhibits are a standard size of 3m x 3m, or 4m x 2m. The Society can advise and help with basic equipment hire (poster boards, tables and chairs).
Representatives of each exhibit should attend the Planning Day at the Society in late January. At this event the Society provides guidance on designing exhibits and gives a guided tour of the exhibition space. Some exhibitors from the previous year also attend.
Exhibitors are expected to approach their own institution, research council or other relevant bodies to fund the costs associated with exhibiting. The Society can give advice about funding and can provide post-exhibition evaluation data which is often required by funding bodies. A very limited 'hardship fund' is available for exhibitors to apply for additional funds.
Exhibitors may wish to jointly submit proposals with their collaborators and other research groups. You may also recruit undergraduates and students to build your exhibit team.
At least four members of the exhibition team should be in attendance during the public opening times for the exhibition and at the two additional evening events. We recommend having at least 8 members of staff to man each stand per day. Visitors expect to interact with the scientists behind the research and to ask them questions about their work.
After the exhibition, the exhibitors may consider presenting the exhibit elsewhere, such as local science centres or science museums, local visitor attractions or public venues, local secondary school fairs or open days at research institutions.
The Society provides the venue and manages and co-ordinates the exhibition. We run an extensive promotional campaign to attract visitors.
During the run-up we help exhibitors to plan their exhibits. We also provide media and communication skills training for members of each exhibit, along with resources they can take back to train their team.
At the exhibition the Society’s staff are on hand to support the exhibitors. We provide food and drink for exhibitors during the exhibition opening times, basic equipment such as tables and poster boards and Wi-Fi access.
The Summer Science Exhibition Committee selects exhibits based on:
The Committee endeavours to select a range of exhibits that cover a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines.
The call for proposals is now closed.
Each year, around 25 exhibits are chosen. To make a proposal:
Please contact Rachel Francis on 0207 451 2244 or at if you would like to discuss your proposal before submitting.
'No one who appreciates science and can get to London should miss the Summer Science Exhibition.'Bill Bryson, author of 'A Short History of Nearly Everything'
'The exhibition gave us a huge sense of achievement and of public endorsement for our work. Do it.'Andrew Cunningham, Institute of Zoology
'The press coverage was excellent and very well organised by the Royal Society. We have had lots of follow up, so it's been a really excellent way to raise the profile of our research.'Sarah Baillie, Royal Veterinary College
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