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Funzing Talks | The Future of 'Smart Materials'

Funzing Talks | The Future of 'Smart Materials'

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  • Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AU
  • (Exact address will be provided after booking)
Suitable for: Adults
Anna Ploszajski is a materials scientist, engineer and science communicator, and in 2017 was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Royal Academy of Engineering. She regularl... More Info »
This Funzing Experience:

You’ve heard of smart phones, smart meters, smart watches… Well now it’s the turn of smart materials.

In the future, solid objects will react, sense, change and move according to their surroundings. This won’t be a result of clever robotics or electronics, but rather the fundamental properties of the stuff itself. In years to come, we will be living in self-regulating houses, riding self-fixing bicycles, and driving on self-illuminating roads, all thanks to these so-called ‘smart materials’. These are metals, plastics, fabrics and fluids that react to the outside world without any human involvement, and they promise to change the way we live.

In this talk, award-winning materials scientist and engineer Dr Anna Ploszajski will be showing you the smart materials that will make the material world around us smarter. Expect to see matter doing things you’ve never seen it do before!


Anna Ploszajski is a materials scientist, engineer and science communicator, and in 2017 was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Royal Academy of Engineering. She regularly performs stand-up comedy about materials and making at venues from the local pub to the Cheltenham Science Festival, and was a UK finalist of FameLab 2017, the world’s biggest science communication competition.

Her public science demos are notorious, and she has demonstrated experiments such as her hand-built Rubens’ Tube to adult and family audiences at venues like the famous Faraday Lecture Theatre at The Royal Institution. Anna has appeared on numerous national radio and TV programs discussing materials engineering, and produces her own podcast called ‘rial talk. She is a regular contributor to Materials World magazine, and has written a chapter on smart materials for Jim Al-Khalili’s new popular science book, 'What’s Next?'.

Venue: LightHouse Bar, Shoreditch

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.

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Funzing Talks is a new concept which aims to re-invent your after work drinks. We've pulled together an impressive array of leading entrepreneurs, intellectuals, bright thinkers and incredible individuals to inspire your evenings.

Held in a hand picked range of bars across London, a Funzing Talks event makes the perfect after work activity.

Delve into a totally new subject and challenge your perspectives over a beer with like-minded Londoners. Funzing has always encouraged you to do something different with your free time, so we say do just that - you never know where it may lead you!

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You’ve heard of smart phones, smart meters, smart watches… Well now it’s the turn of smart materials. In the future, solid objects will react, sense, change and move according to their surroundings. This won’t be a result of clever robotics or e... Read More
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