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Briar Chemicals are proud to have sponsored a brilliant and spectacular Chemistry Day at Norwich Science Festival.

The 3rd Norwich Science Festival kicked off on Friday 19th October with a speech from one of this year’s patrons, evolutionary biologist and broadcaster, Dr Ben Garrod. The Forum’s atrium in Norwich City centre was transformed into “The Explorium!”, seeing an average  7,000 visitors each day exploring the world of science through free, hands-on experiments.

The Forum’s atrium buzzing on Chemistry Day

This year the festival had 130+ events, with a star-studded line-up of scientists and inspirational speakers including Chris Packham, Alice Roberts, and Mark Thomson. The science festival also hosted a “Women in Science Panel” featuring electrical engineer and IET’s Young Engineer of the year, Dr Ozak Esu alongside other inspirational female panelists.


Norwich Science Festival patron Dr Ben Garrod  (Photo: Norwich Science Festival)

Briar Chemicals are proud to have sponsored a brilliant and successful Chemistry Day on Thursday 25th October, inside the Forum’s atrium. The forum was jam-packed with stands from The Royal Society of Chemistry, University of East Anglia, John Innes Centre and many more, with engaging activities for all.

On the Briar stand, our employees and Mad Science Norfolk made polymer bouncy balls using the chemical reaction between crystals, washing-up liquid and warm water in a special mould. Within a few hours of the event, with the help of the children, 150 polymer bouncy balls were made, depleting our stores of ingredients!

Briar Chemical’s polymer bouncy ball making

During the day in the Forum’s auditorium, Dr Dee Enay (aka ‘Laura Bird’!) from Mad Science Norfolk performed a family event “Here Comes the Sun!” discussing how, without the Sun, our planet would be a dark frozen world with no life, presented a (mini!) Sun explosion and distributed pairs of amazing light-bending glasses to uncover all of the hidden colours of the rainbow.

Overall, Chemistry Day and Norwich Science Festival have been spectacular, encompassing a wide variety of science and technology to people of all ages, on our doorstep. Briar would like to extend a big thank you to Mad Science Norfolk for making Chemistry Day an amazing success.