Peter Gallivan

Family Programme Manager

  • Credit: Peter Gallivan


The Family Programme Manager 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. The role also contributes to the development of new activities specifically for families.


Peter grew up in Bedford, spending most of his holidays as a child outside hiking or visiting just about every National Trust property that exists in the UK. Peter studied Zoology at the University of Sheffield, graduating in 2012. Whilst at University, he helped run science outreach activities, worked in the lab of Prof Tim Birkhead, and also taught people Brazilian samba drumming. After graduating, Peter swapped the Peak District for the Swiss Alps, moving to Switzerland to work at Kandersteg International Scout Centre. Here he planned and ran a wide range of activities, including but not limited to trips over glaciers and running alongside a train waving at the King of Sweden. He joined the Ri team in early 2016 and only slightly misses the mountains!

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, alongside excellent teachers like Mrs Klarich, Mrs Gabri and Mr Spyropoulos. Somehow assessed titrations at A Level chemistry weren’t enough to put me off studying science and so I ended up studying Zoology at University (not having flicking through the whole prospectus, and ending up on Z!).

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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