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We are asking the public to help create a "library of future materials". 

What animate materials do you think could exist in the future? Are there any materials with lifelike properties that you think could have a positive impact on society? Do you think there are any down sides to this technology and, if so, what are they?

You can submit your ideas to Anyone can take part, and all ideas are welcome, whether they're practical in the here and now, or impossibly futuristic.

Read more about animate materials.



The opening date for submissions is Thursday 18 February 2021 and the closing date is Wednesday 21 July 2021. 

If attaching a file to your submission, formats accepted are: png, jpeg, pptx, and docx. External links will not be accepted as submissions.

You must be 18 years or older to submit. Parent(s) or legal guardian(s) may submit on behalf of those under 18. UK teachers may also submit on behalf of their students who are aged under 19 and in full time education. 

Please note, for all submissions created by children and young people below the age of 19 and in full time education the submission(s) must not include any personal information about the young person(s) involved, other than a first name and age (for submissions from teachers).

A resource pack for teachers will be available soon. For more information please email

Data protection and publicity

The Royal Society is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy and will only use your personal information in accordance with these Terms and Conditions and the Royal Society's Privacy Policy which is available on our website:

By sending a submission you agree that your submission and any personal information provided by you with your entry may be held and used by the Royal Society insofar as they relate to the "library of future materials" submission. 

A selection of submissions may be published on the Royal Society's website and social media pages to showcase the "library of future materials". By sending a submission, you agree that your personal data may be used for this purpose (not applicable to under 18's nor under 19s in full time education).

Ownership of submissions

Entries provided in this submission cannot be returned.

Any entry must be the entrant's original work and it must not infringe the rights of third parties including copyright, trade mark, trade secrets, privacy, publicity, personal or proprietary rights. You agree to indemnify the Royal Society against any claim from any third party for any breach of this clause.

Full copyright title shall be retained by the author of any entry. By submitting images and any accompanying material (including any text, photographs, graphics, video or audio), you agree that the Royal Society may, but is not required to, make your entries available on its website and any other media (including social media such as Twitter or YouTube) in connection with any publicity of the Animate Materials submission. You agree to grant the Royal Society a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable licence, for the full period of any intellectual property rights in the survey entry and any accompanying materials, to use, display, publish, transmit, copy, edit, alter, store, re-format and sub-licence the submission and any accompanying materials for any legitimate purposes, including, but not limited to, marketing, publicity, advertising, fundraising and presentations.

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