Science spectacular (matinee)

2.00pm to 3.00pm, Wednesday 25 August


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

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  • A person smiles, over a bucket producing clouds of water vapour.

    Liquid nitrogen creates some amazing sciencific fun!

    Credit: Ri
  • Type

    Family theatre event, Ages 7+
  • Speakers

    • Jemma Naumann
    • Dani Zelli


Standard: £16
Concession: £10
Ri Member, Young Member, Patron: £7

Event description

Join us as we showcase a range of exciting and explosive science demonstrations around the Periodic Table of the elements and the history of the Royal Institution in an amazing science spectacular to remember!

This event is particularly suitable for ages 7+

Important event info

Children under 12 must be with an accompanying adult. Children aged 12+ attending without an adult will not be directly supervised, and will be allowed to leave at the end of the show. By booking tickets, you are confirming you are happy with these conditions.

The safety of our guests and staff is always our main priority, and so we are still keeping some COVID-19 safety measures in place this summer. To keep everyone safe, we are:

  • Asking everyone to wear a face covering when in the building and seated in the theatre, unless you are exempt or a child under 11
  • Running an enhanced cleaning schedule, and providing sanitation points throughout the building
  • Asking people to maintain their distance from other people where possible
  • Operating at a lower capacity, to allow groups to sit socially distanced in the theatre

Limited on-the-door sales will be availble, so please book ahead if plan to attend.

About the speakers

Jemma Naumann is a science communicator, experiment designer and award winning science demo presenter. She is L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre Facilitator at the Ri. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, she completed a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) with a double major in Chemistry in 2013 and achieved a first-class Honours in Organic Chemistry, in 2014, both at the University of Adelaide. From there she travelled to Canberra, in 2015, to study a Master of Science Communication Outreach at The Australian National University. During this time, she was a part of the Shell Questacon Science Circus and travelled around regional and rural Australia performing science shows to schools and the public.

In 2015 she moved to London to take up the position of L'Orèal Young Scientist Centre Workshop Facilitator at the Royal Institution. Her day to day role includes presenting engaging science workshops to young people in the L'Orèal Young Scientist Centre, designing interactive science experiments for Royal Institution family events, and performing exciting science demonstrations. Her work also includes devising and building demonstrations for the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, shown every year on BBC4. Career highlights of her work on the 2019 Christmas Lectures, with Hannah Fry, include creating an explosive potassium metal and water volcano and performing a liquid nitrogen cloud. 

Dani Zelli has professionally presented science to the public for 10 years across New York and London, including the American Museum of Natural History where she taught about live arachnids and lepidoptera, at the Science Museum doing explosive shows, and now the Royal Institution where she has been leading workshops for school groups encouraging scientific skills and fun for the last 2 years.

With her BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Kent she has worked in microbiology studying circadian rhythms in cyanobacteria at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and in neuroscience finding novel treatments for depression at The Rockefeller University in New York, with multiple published papers showing the positive epigenetic effects of L-acetyl carnitine.

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