Summer School: Dem Bones

10.00am to 4.00pm, Thursday 6 August

Sunley Room

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Balancing hip joints

    Femur and pelvis model

    Credit: Tim Mitchell / Ri
  • Type

    Summer School workshop for 16-18 year-olds
  • Speakers

    • Dr Andrew Phillips


Standard £50

Faraday members £45

Event description

In this workshop, Andrew Phillips will take students on a journey into the world of biomechanics, exploring the forces, moments, stresses and strains involved in how we move and the latest research on replacing our joints. Students will build and test life–sized artificial hip joints to discover the science behind replicating our skeleton.

About the speaker

Andrew Phillips is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London, having gained a first class MEng degree in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Orthopaedic Engineering from the University of Edinburgh. Leading the Structural Biomechanics Group in his department, his research focuses on orthopaedic and biomedical engineering. His most recent research was to create models of the pelvis and femur, including the effects of muscles and ligaments on the bone.

Please note

This workshop is strictly for 16–18 year–olds and will include a 45 minute unsupervised lunch break. Students should bring lunch and a drink, pens, pencils and a calculator.

This workshop is based on an Ri Engineering Masterclass. Students who have attended a Masterclass series which included a session on a similar topic may have already seen some of the content in this workshop. Please contact us on with any questions.

Refunds can only be issued for tickets cancelled at least one week (seven calendar days) in advance of the event date. Please note that this supersedes our normal event terms and conditions.

Financial assistance

The Potential Trust may be able to offer financial assistance to enable children to participate in Ri events and activities if this would otherwise be difficult. Please contact Anna Comino–James on 01844 351666 or email her at

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