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Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2019

Timber Towers of Tomorrow

Explore the science and engineering of supertall timber from cells to skyscrapers at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

Did you know it takes just 4 hours to grow a 300 metre tall timber tower in the sustainable forests of Europe?

To find out many other interesting ideas, and know why these are important, come and visit us at our stand at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition from 1st to 7th July 2019 (10am to 6pm, The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG)

Come speak to architects, plant scientists, biochemists, chemists, materials scientists, physicists, mathematicians, and structural engineers who are all working together to develop new natural materials capable of providing sustainable alternatives.

Teachers' Resources

We have prepared an Education Pack for school teachers to use in class.

The information that you'll find in the pack will offer context to our exhibit, allowing teachers to plan ahead for a visit by introducing their students to the main themes and ideas behind our interdisciplinary research. Teachers may also want to use the pack to prepare educational materials and activities with their students in class.

Teachers may also find additional information in our Volunteer's reference document useful.

Video Resources

TedX Cambridge talk on 'Timber Towers of Tomorrow' by Dr Michael Ramage, Director of the Centre for Natural Material Innovation. 

The Economist video on our research ‘Wooden skyscrapers could be the future of our cities' 

MADE Undergraduate Course Student Survey

The University of Cambridge is looking to offer a new 4-year undergraduate course in 'Materials Architecture Design Engineering (MADE)'. 

By completing this short 10-minute online survey, students can help us gather feedback on the course, as well as the design of the course curriculum. 

Tell your friends to fill it in too, please!


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