Applications open for the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition 2020

From the event website:

The Summer Science Exhibition is a free, week-long festival celebrating the cutting edge of UK science. Over the course of the exhibition we welcome around 14,000 visitors. As a rough breakdown, this includes around 10,000 members of the public; 2,200 school students and teachers from all over the UK; and 1,500 invited guests as part of our Soiree evenings, including representatives from media, government and policy influencers.

As the Royal Society’s longest standing and largest public event, exhibiting is an excellent opportunity to engage a variety of audiences with your research.

We welcome applications from academic institutions and industry who have innovative and exciting research to showcase which can form the basis of a fun, interactive and hands-on exhibition stand. Applications can be made indiviually or in collaboration. The lead applicant must be a senior researcher based in the UK. Exhibitors may wish to jointly submit proposals with their collaborators and other research groups, and may also recruit undergraduates and students to build your exhibit team.

Your exhibit should be engaging for a visitor who doesn’t have a scientific background, and include interactive activities. All exhibit spaces are a standard size of 3m x 3m, or 4m x 2m. If successful in your application to exhibit in 2020, representatives of your exhibit group will be invited to the Planning Day at the Royal Society in early December. At this event the Society provides guidance on designing exhibits and you will get a chance to tour the exhibition space. Some exhibitors from the previous year also attend to share their experiences. During the lead-up to the exhibition in July 2020, our Public Engagement team will be on hand to support you through the stages of your exhibit development. In addition we provide media and communication skills training for members of each exhibit, along with resources you can take back to train your whole team.

Exhibitors are expected to approach their own institution, industrial partners, research councils or other relevant bodies that support public engagement with science and engineering to fund the costs associated with exhibiting. The Royal Society can give advice about funding and can provide post-exhibition evaluation data which is often required by funding bodies. A limited ‘support fund’ is available for exhibitors to apply for additional funds.

Find out how to apply

If you have any questions, email or call on +44 20 7451 2582