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Eleven years ago Professor Martyn Poliakoff and a group of colleagues began collaborating with the film-maker Brady Haran to make videos about each of the 118 elements of the Periodic Table.

Now, with over 200 million views on YouTube and nearly 1.2 million subscribers, it is clear that their videos are popular all over the world and show people of all ages that chemistry is interesting, fun and exciting.

Join Professor Poliakoff to explore how something that began as a quick summer project has become an on-going activity that has taken him and his team to the far reaches of the globe, meeting extraordinary people and learning so much about the chemistry of the elements along the way.

And, with 2019 being the International Year of the Periodic Table, this is an unmissable chance to join people across the world in celebrating Mendeleev’s first publication of his version of the table with one of the world’s most renowned chemists.

Running times

This event will run at 4.45pm and last approximately 30 minutes.

Talk – admittance for our talks is first-come, first-served. Please ensure you arrive early for talks as we can get busy at the weekends and you may need to queue to get into the building.

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required
  • Limited spaces, admittance based on venue capacity
  • Seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Doors open 15 minutes before start of event
  • Suitable for ages 7+
  • Travel and accessibility information - contact us directly to arrange any specific accessibility requirements
  • Food and drink will be available for purchase at our onsite café

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