For Your Inspiration: the elements of success

6.00pm to 9.00pm, Friday 15 November

The Theatre

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

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  • Credit: Paul Wilkinson
  • Type

  • Audience

    Ages 12+

  • Speakers

    • Saiful Islam


Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri / RSC Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

 This autumn we are excited to launch a new series of events for ages 12+. ‘For your inspiration’ will give young people a hands-on look at different areas of science, and talk directly to people working in them. This season, in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry, we are celebrating 150 years of the periodic table by looking at the exciting world of chemistry. Hear from former Christmas Lecturer Saiful Islam, and try out exciting activities exploring this diverse topic.

This event is for ages 12+. 

This event is free for Ri Young Members 12 and over. For those young than this, please see our Family Fun Days.

About the speaker

Saiful Islam is Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath and presented the 80th anniversary CHRISTMAS LECTURES (2016) on the theme of energy.

He grew up in Crouch End, London and completed a chemistry degree and PhD at University College London under Richard Catlow FRS, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Eastman Kodak Labs in New York, USA, and a lectureship at the University of Surrey. His research interests include computer modelling of new materials for lithium and sodium batteries, solid oxide fuel cells and perovskite solar cells.

Saiful is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and has received several research awards including the RSC Peter Day Award for Materials Chemistry (2017) and Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2013). He sits on the Public Engagement Committee of the Royal Society and is a Patron of Humanists UK. When he is not exploring new materials, he enjoys family breaks, indie music (the Smiths et al), football, and the chemicals gin & tonic.


The doors will open at approximately 5.30pm, with a prompt start at 6.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk. After the talk finishes at 7.15pm there will be hands on activities around the building until 9.00pm

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