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The Great Exhibition Road Festival 2019: Designing the Future at CERN

29 June 2019 | 2pm – 2.45pm

Flett Lecture Theatre, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, South Kensington SW7 5BD

This event is free but booking is available to guarantee a place. Booking will open in June.

Find out how a trip to the world's largest physics laboratory inspired Royal College of Art students to tackle critical problems through science and design.

When the worlds of science and design converge to address global challenges they reveal their power of advancing boundaries of human knowledge that enable the creation of innovation for society. A good example was a recent new collaboration between the RCA and CERN, which saw the first-year students of the School of Design, visit the home of the Large Hadron Collider and the World Wide Web. Utilising the latest design approaches, and inspired by technologies developed at CERN, the RCA students set about creating innovations and disruptive technologies to tackle problems facing our world. The results included counterfeit drug scanners and nanotechnology water filters to homes built from recycled plastic. 

'The connection between RCA and CERN enables this immense source of knowledge to become accessible for our students so they feel that as designers they can play an important role in shaping both the present and the future.' says Savina Torrisi, Senior Tutor and second-year IDE Programme Leader at the RCA. Savina will explore the intersection of science and design, and will be joined by some of the most innovative students from the project reporting on their unique trip to the largest laboratory on the planet. Part of The Great Exhibition Road Festival


This event is part of The Great Exhibition Road Festival 2019. Festival activities will take place on and around Exhibition Road on Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 June, 11am – 5pm. There will also be a range of events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings; please see the festival programme for full details.