Periodic Table of Fireworks


See the chemistry behind fireworks and then watch the periodic table explode in the sky over Hobart!

Start Date

21st Sep 2019 6:00pm

End Date

21st Sep 2019 8:15pm


Main Lecture Theatre, Chemistry Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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Get ready to ooooh and aaaaah at “The Periodic Table of Fireworks”!

Fireworks are integral to many cultural celebrations such as Chinese New Year, Guy Fawkes night in the UK, Cracker Night in Tasmania, and in the many iconic images of the Sydney Harbour Bridge ablaze on New Year’s Eve. But very few people understand and appreciate the fundamental chemical principles at play in each pyrotechnic. Come along to one of the two seminars and learn some fun chemistry, and then see elements of the periodic table in action in the sky above Hobart!

Tickets are available for the two seminars sessions held around the single fireworks firing at 7pm.

The seminars will be held in the Main Lecture Theatre, Chemistry Building, Dobson Road, Sandy Bay Tasmania 7005.

The firework venue is a short walk away on sloping but wheelchair and pram accessible ground.

The fireworks will be held outdoors, and will go ahead with clear skies or rain, so please dress appropriately for cold, wind or rain!

Seminar Times

Please Choose one of the Sessions Below to attend

  • Seminar Session 1 - 6:00-6:45pm
    First group: Please arrive at the Chemistry Building before 6pm for a prompt start.
  • Seminar Session 2 - 7:30-8:15pm
    Second group: Please arrive at the Chemistry Building at 6:45pm to be guided to the fireworks location.

Cost: $7.70

Please be punctual to avoid delays and disappointment!

This is a non-profit event, supported by Inspiring Australia, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, and the University of Tasmania.

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