The Ytterbium Zone was a general science zone funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry. At least five members of the Royal Society of Chemistry take part in different general science zones throughout the year. In these zones the participating scientists come from a variety of backgrounds. For instance, in the Ytterbium Zone there were scientists spanning linguistics, bacterial proteins, parasitology, supercomputing and radioactive waste disposal.
This wide range of subjects gave the students a chance to ask questions across many areas of science. The scientists in this zone were notable for excellent attendance in live chats, with the majority of chats involving 3 or more scientists.