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Each year over 14,000 members of the public, including 2,500 school students, visit the Summer Science Exhibition. Many more are reached through coverage on TV, in the media and online.

The 2020 exhibition will take place 6-12 July 2020.

The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to raise the profile of your research and institution with key influencers, including potential funders, government and the public. We welcome proposals from researchers in academia, industry and in between, as long as the project lead is UK-based.  

This year three groups from the University (Physics, Earth Sciences and Neuroscience) are involved in exhibitions.

Learn more about the process and benefits of exhibiting at the Summer Science Exhibition.

Key dates

  • Opening date for proposals: 7 May 2019
  • Closing date for proposals: 3pm on 10 September 2019
  • Proposal results announced: Early November 2019
  • Planning Day: Early December 2019
  • Exhibition set-up: 4 - 5 July 2020
  • Exhibition: 6 - 12 July 2020
  • Exhibition break-down: 13 July 2020

Writing your proposal

Selection criteria

The Summer Science Exhibition Committee will invite 21 research exhibits to take part in the 2020 Summer Science Exhibition. 

They aim to select exhibits that cover a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines. Three groups will also be selected as reserves. 

Selection will be based on:

  1. Quality and cutting edge science
    The most important component: the science on show should be novel, robust and ground-breaking
  2. Interactive and hands-on elements
    Wherever possible, exhibits should contain elements that visitors can touch and try out to understand the scientific concepts behind the research
  3. Interest to a broad audience
    The most successful exhibits are those that are relevant to visitors or their experiences

Top tips

It's wise to have some idea of where your funding will come from before you apply, as timescales after notification and when you'll need to start undertaking work will be tight. Running and creating these exhibitions are also fairly expensive, and you will need to have around £20,000 to enable it.

If in doubt or if you need some support, can advise.

I'd also strongly advise that you speak to those who have previously been.


For full details and to apply, visit the Royal Society's website.