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Science Open Day attracts record numbers

Posted on 27/02/2012

Kai Horimoto enjoys experiments in the wizard lab

Thousands of visitors of all ages were left captivated by this year’s Pills and Potions themed Science Open Day at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Saturday’s event attracted almost 4,000 visitors, making it the most successful Science Open Day to date.

Hosted by staff and students from all departments within the Faculty of Science, visitors enjoyed free talks, workshops and hands-on sessions including the chance to see how medicines are made and have a go at making your own, Artist Flora Parrott’s specially commissioned art installation inspired by the College's founder Thomas Holloway’s fortune-making pills and ointment, and exciting demonstrations on the magic of chemistry.

The day allowed visitors to explore the latest developments in science across the campus and to meet the academics behind the research.

Professor Mary Fowler, Dean of Science at Royal Holloway, said: “This has been the most successful open day ever with almost twice as many people attending as the year before. It was so good to see visitors of all ages having such a good time participating in the hands-on experiments and enjoying the lectures and displays. We hope we have inspired visitors and demonstrated that as well as being vital, science is fun.”

Click here to view a selection of photographs from the day.



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