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Salters Festival of Chemistry

What Is It

Please note that this event is no longer running. This page is maintained for archival purposes.

The Salters Festival at the School of Chemistry in UCC is one of twenty five such festivals which take place between March and June in the UK and Ireland. Each year, the UK based Salters Company invites secondary schools to participate in Salters Festival by sending a team of four students to represent their school at their regional Salters centre. Students from first and second year are the target audience. The aim of the Festival is to enable young students to explore the fun of chemistry and help plant the seed long term interest in the chemistry and its applications.

About The Day

A day of activities and challenges designed to inspire budding young scientists. Students will experience:

  • Exciting hands-on practical Chemistry challenges in university/college labs
  • Carrying out investigations ‘like a real Chemist’
  • Team working and independent problem solving
  • Amazing chemical demonstrations
  • Prizegiving ceremony with prizes for winning schools
  • Fun prizes and certificates for all participants


Salters Festival of Chemistry Winners 2019, Scoil Mhuire (Ballincollig)

Who Can Participate

A school may enter one team of four students from:

Primary 6 and/or Secondary Year 1 in the Republic of Ireland.

All students are encouraged to come and take part in a Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry. If you have any questions regarding a specific student’s needs please do not hesitate to get in touch with The Salters’ Institute,

For Teachers

  • Come and meet your local RSC Education Co-ordinator
  • A chance to network with like-minded colleagues
  • Participate in interactive CPD opportunities from our partner organisations.


The 2020 Salters Festival of Chemistry at UCC will take place on Wednesday April 29th.


Only £30 (€35) per team (non-refundable).

How to Apply

Apply for a place at

Further Information

Students and teachers interested in participating in future Salters Festivals should apply directly to the Salters Company and not through UCC. Further details are available from the Salters Festival of Chemistry website.

Photos | Salters Festival of Chemistry

School of Chemistry

Scoil na Ceimic

Second Floor, Kane Building, University College Cork, T12 YN60