1001 Inventions: Journeys from Alchemy to Chemistry

Raising awareness about chemistry and its applications in daily lives

“1001 Inventions: Journeys from Alchemy to Chemistry” is a global public engagement with science initiative produced by 1001 Inventions in partnership with UNESCO to spark young people’s interest in science and raise awareness about chemistry and its applications while promoting diversity and intercultural appreciation. It brings to life stories from the history of science by remarkable pioneers from different backgrounds and cultures with a focus on the work of the pioneering polymath Jabir ibn Hayyan, also known as Geber, in the 8th century.

The global educational initiative was launched at UNESCO HQ in Paris in January 2019 in celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019). The initiative then rolled out on a global tour including events at the China Science Festival, All-Russian Science Festival, the Berlin Science Week, the Royal Society of Chemistry in London and the Maker Faire in Cairo.

Short Film

Short Film

Fascinating stories from the history of science 

Live show

Live show

Immersive on-stage experiments weaved in theatrical performances


Online Exhibit

Join early chemists on exciting journeys of discovery from Alchemy to Chemistry

This global initiative continues its global tour in partnership with museums, science centres, festivals, schools, and libraries to raise awareness of the importance of chemistry and its applications and inspire a future generation of scientists while promoting diversity.

Celebrate science and chemistry and bring “1001 Inventions: Journeys from Alchemy to Chemistry” to your venues and events to offer audiences a wondrous journey full of fun and learning through a range of engaging science and cultural experiences.

For enquiries and bookings, please contact us!