School of Chemistry

Schools Outreach and Public Engagement

The School of Chemistry at The University of Nottingham has been involved in science outreach for a number of years, from the spectacular Thunder and Lightning demonstration lectures given by the late Colonel B. D. Shaw, through to the present day with participation in the Royal Society Summer Exhibitions and a variety of high-profile public engagement events, such as Wonder 2019.

A Chemistry lecture at Wonder 2019

Wonder 2019 event

Primary Schools

A-Level students at Summer School

Secondary Schools and Colleges



Periodic Table event at Wonder 2019

Public Events

Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff with Nottingham's Periodic Table

Nottingham Periodic Table


Outreach in the Faculty of Science

Plant scientists examine crops on Sutton Bonington campus

School of Biosciences

A science student engages in their work

Cross faculty outreach

Students code in a computer science seminar

School of Computer Science

A student delivers a talk in a maths seminar

School of Mathematical Sciences

A pharmacy student conducts research

School of Pharmacy

A physics student examines a molecular beam

School of Physics and Astronomy

A psychology student wears an EEG cap

School of Psychology


Public Awareness Scientist

The creation of the post of Public Awareness Scientist in 2004 was the first of its kind in a UK university, and as a result a number of new outreach activities and collaborations have been added to the list of annual events.

Dr Samantha Tang was appointed Public Awareness Scientist at the University of Nottingham in July 2004. Her philosophy has been to show how science is actually carried out rather than to convey stark facts.

Together with colleagues from the School of Chemistry, she appears in the award-winning Periodic Table of Videos, a series of online videos that aim to promote chemistry to the public.

Periodic Table of Videos

Dr Samantha Tang and the previous Vice Chancellor, Sir David Greenaway, at a Chemistry outreach event


As a Public Awareness Scientist, Dr Samantha Tang's projects have included:

  • developing and delivering new PE activities outside the university.
  • organizing a wide range of activities for children within the School of Chemistry.
  • attracting Nottingham chemistry students and staff into PE activities and providing training in science communication to postgraduates.

Email Dr. Samantha Tang



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