The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC) is sponsoring a very special Fringe Festival event at the ICHSTM Conference in Manchester. (

On Tuesday 23 July, 4 pm in the Chemistry Building, Brunswick Street, Manchester, M13 9PL, Professor Andrea Sella, University College London, will be giving a demonstration and lecture entitled “Strange Ice.”

Though you will find it in every refrigerator in the world, water ice is a material so strange that it breaks almost every rule in our textbooks. Chemist Andrea Sella delves into the intriguing world of ice, inspecting its properties and how it compares to other ices. Along the way we’ll see how we came realize how little we really know about its structure, and wonder whether it may warn of a future much less certain than we imagine…

A publicity announcement may be found on the SHAC website, along with a downloadable flyer at

Although the event will be publicised through the usual channels, please spread the word amongst your colleagues. We hope this event will appeal to the general public, chemists, and historians of science and chemistry alike.

I would also like to thank Robert Anderson, Hasok Chang, Jamie Stark, Frank Mair, and the Chemistry Department at Manchester for their assistance with this event.