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Think scientists are boring boffins that don’t leave the lab? Think again! The brainiacs of history spent hundreds of years breaking the rules, blowing things up and performing dangerous experiments. 

Now it’s your turn to get stuck in. Discover what they did and how they did it with Dan Green, author of Rebel Science, shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize. Take part in some rebellious science, and ask Dan your questions about the some of the most famous faces in the book – what did they invent? where did they go wrong, and who did they argue with?


  • Tycho Brahe, the astronomer with the metal nose and pet moose!
  • Find out how the original rebel scientist Galileo Galilei dodged being burned alive!
  • It's the wurst – Rudolph Virchow fights a duel with sausages!
  • Get down and dirty with the discovery of DNA's structure

Come and celebrate 400 years of rebel antics. Expect plenty of silly wigs and terrible jokes. Dress up as a scientist and be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Rebel Science. 

This event is part of a series of Royal Society events taking place at the Northern Ireland Science Festival

Attending this event

  • This event is fully booked
  • Register to be notified if additional tickets are made available to the event on the Northern Ireland Science Festival website
  • Ticket is required
  • Free to attend
  • Suitability: under 14s 

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