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Royal Academy of Science


London, UK




12.5-metre dome

Royal Academy of Science : Ocean Drifters

In 2011 we provided the venue for Ocean Drifters, an immersive 360° film that transports viewers to the secret underwater world of marine plankton. It was part of the Science Live exhibition at the Royal Society in London and gave visitors an opportunity to interact with the science that shapes our world.

The Royal Society used a 12.5-metre Igloo dome with a capacity of up to 150 people to show the film. The dome also housed microscopes for visitors to see live plankton and algae, as well as the equipment used by scientists to sample the plankton, so visitors could get up close and personal with the exhibition.

The film itself was the brainchild of Dr Richard Kirby, a.k.a The Plankton Pundit, and was narrated by Sir David Attenborough. It combined astonishing images and a specially commissioned musical score which took advantage of the Igloo’s ultra-high-definition projection and studio-quality sound. The film highlighted the essential role of plankton in the global ecosystem and the impact of climate change on these tiny creatures.

You can read more about the exhibition and watch the Ocean Drifters film.