Peter Gallivan

Family Programme Officer

  • Credit: Peter Gallivan


The Family Programme Officer is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the various family events and activities run here at the Ri. This includes our popular Family Fun Days and Summer Schools programme, along with other events and workshops throughout the year. He also contributes to the development of new activities specifically for families.


After growing up in Bedford, Peter studied Zoology at the University of Sheffield, graduating in 2012. Whilst at University, he helped run Science outreach activities, as well as teaching people Brazilian samba drumming. After graduating, Peter moved to Switzerland to work at Kandersteg International Scout Centre, planning and running a wide range of activities. He joined the Ri team in early 2016. 

Scientific inspiration

From a young age I loved nature and exploring: looking in rock pools, or going for long (wet) walks in the Peak District. It was watching David Attenborough on TV though that really inspired me to take an active interest in Biology at school, which is the reason I ended up studying Zoology at University and working at the Ri today.

Favourite demo

Putting out candles by pouring CO2 over them. This was the first demo I ever presented here at the Ri, so I won’t forget the amazed faces of the children watching it happen!

Best thing about the Ri

Being a part of helping inspire thousands of young people to take an interest in Science.

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