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The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Meet some of the scientists and science funded by the Royal Society at this activity-filled hub of wonder.

Meet scientists funded by the Royal Society at Discovery hub. Credit:

You’ll get the chance to chat with the researchers and get a glimpse into their world of work. From chemists who make droplets dance, to physicists who make objects disappear, the Royal Society funds a plethora of top quality researchers who invite you to dabble in their scientific adventures. Could you make a molecule out of a balloon? Could you control water with only your voice? Come along and give it a go!

This event is part of our Summer Science Exhibition Lates evening. 

Drop-in activity – these activities run continuously and you can drop in at any time. Please note if the venue is at capacity you may have to wait.

Attending the event

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Discovery hub

Meet some of the scientists and science funded by the Royal Society at this activity-filled hub of wonder.

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK

Hacking a virus

Dr Stephanie Schorge and her team explore the ins and outs of gene therapy and show you how to hack a virus yourself.

6pm – 10pm

Man with yellow protective clothing and a gas mask looking into petri dish
Hands building a plastic model of a molecular structure

Make your own molecule

Join Professor Mark Smales to find out how innovative protein based medicines are being made, and what we need to consider during the drug development process.

6pm – 10pm

Now you see me, now you don’t 

Bend light with this demonstration into the properties of light and find out how you can manipulate light to make the visible invisible.

6pm – 10pm

Bending light makes a scientist's hand invisible when seen through a lens
Graphic of the solar system with orbiting planets

Particles to planets

Whether it’s the Higgs Boson that piques your interest, or your head is more among the stars, there’s something for everyone at Dr Maria Ubiali’s Particles to planets.

6pm – 10pm

Sing til you drop

Think of water in a new way as we show how you can change the way droplets behave using just sound and light.

6pm – 10pm

Microphone under water. Credit: 101cats
Photo of a dark blue ocean with light blue swirling patterns. This image is of a phytoplankton bloom captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on August 1, 2004.

The sweet world of microbes

Microbial DNA holds the answer to life’s fundamental questions, including why our planet is the way it is. Delve into the secret world of microbes and discover why their DNA is important for life on Earth.

6pm – 10pm

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