The Summer Science Exhibition is an annual display of the most exciting cutting-edge science and technology in the UK.
You can visit on 1—6 July 2014 in London.
It's free entry and open to everyone.
The week-long science festival features 22 exhibits from the forefront of British innovation. You can meet the scientists behind cutting edge science and technology exploring everything from antibiotics to x-rays.
With hands-on experiments, panel discussions and family activities throughout the week, there’s something for everyone. Find out more about the week’s events and exhibits.
Click here for all Exhibitions
Just a small selection of the exhibitions
Heart of the Sun
Energy from the nuclear fusion reactions which power stars is turned into electromagnetic radiation (a form of light) in the heart of the Sun. There is no way to directly see this light, and previously we could only indirectly work out how it moves through the Sun, deep under the surface. By recreating the conditions inside the Sun in a laboratory, we can directly find out how the radiation carries the energy to the surface.
The bright, bold wing patterns of Heliconius butterflies tell predators that these butterflies are distasteful prey. This was a dramatic example of natural selection for early naturalists such as Henry Walter Bates and Charles Darwin. We now use these patterns to understand how genes control the diversity of animal patterning. We show that small changes in DNA sequences can translate into dramatic differences in colour patterns between butterfly species.
High-energy physics aims to understand how Nature works at a fundamental level described by elementary particles. Our current theory, the Standard Model of particle physics, is remarkably successful: with its predictions confirmed by experiment to exceptional precision. However, a key piece, the 'Higgs boson', remained elusive until two years ago. Finding this new particle was just the start. Today we have gone beyond to clarify its nature, earning Peter Higgs and François Englert the Nobel Prize for Physics last year. We are also only just beginning to learn what the Higgs Boson can tell us of what new physics might be beyond the Standard Model.
Limits of Perception
Biomedical imaging has undergone phenomenal developments in the last hundred years, from Roentgen’s revolutionary discovery of X-rays, to the modern day brain scan. Our exhibit explores imaging techniques of the future and how they will allow us to see inside the body.
We've seen phenomenal developments in biomedical imaging in the last hundred years, including a new technique that can make the body 'light up'! Explore the imaging techniques of the future and how they will allow us to see inside the body.
The next generation of imaging tools have taken ideas from nature, such as bioluminescence from fireflies and fluorescence from jellyfish, to illuminate cellular and molecular events deep inside living tissues.
Catch a Comet
Comets have origins and compositions that are shrouded in mystery. The Rosetta spacecraft will land on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014, delivering a scientific laboratory to unveil Solar System secrets that span 4.6 billion years. This exhibit will spotlight how our teams engineered the technology to explore the comet and the scientific instruments to analyse it.
11.30am - Meet in the Royal Society Cafe - move on at 12pm, so please arrive before then.
12pm - Exhibition time
1.30pm - Close Encounters of the 3D Mind (Talk)
3D vision is an excellent tool for predators and tool users like us. Through combination of the images in our two eyes, we experience a detailed, 3-dimensional world, with which we successfully interact. With Dr Kristine Krug, you will test your 3D vision and explore how 3D cinema works. You will find out how flat images on the cinema screen create the deceptive impression of depth we enjoy in 3D movies. What does this construction tell us about how the brain works when we see in 3D? Can we use this knowledge to reveal how our brain gives rise to visual perception?
3pm - Privacy with Technology (Talk)
Recent revelations surrounding internet privacy have garnered global attention. As people live more of their lives online, and with growing ‘always on’ and wearable technology, the amount of data available for observation and analysis is growing faster than ever. Are current technologies robust enough to keep us protected, and what is being developed to better manage and protect our identities and privacy? Join our panel of experts as they discuss the implications and challenges of the changing technological landscape.
See all Talks and Events here.
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4pm - Inn the Park - for afternoon tea or a glass of wine.
Inn the Park is a cafe-restaurant in St James's Park, just 5 minutes walk away.
If you lose us, meet us there.
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