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Existential physics: Answering life’s biggest questions

  • Friday 19th August, 2022 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Do we have free will? Is the universe compatible with God? Do we live in a computer simulation? Does the universe think? Join theoretical physicist Sabine Hossenfelder as she draws on the latest re...

How rewilding transforms the world

  • Tuesday 23rd August, 2022 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Rewilding is a radical new approach to wildlife conservation, seeking to restore entire ecosystems. Join wildlife journalist Millie Kerr as she explores the return of jaguars to an Argentinian nati...

An introduction to plasma physics

  • Thursday 25th August, 2022 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Plasma is one of the four fundamental states of matter, and the most abundant form of ordinary matter in the universe. It is mostly associated with stars, including the sun. As plasma physics rese...

Explosive food

  • Friday 26th August, 2022 – 6pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

See food in a whole new light. Find out about the incredible amount of energy contained in the food you eat, in this show packed with exciting chemistry and physics demonstrations. From fountains o...

Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science

  • Tuesday 30th August, 2022 – 11am
  • Anywhere

Are you interested in forensic science? Join us for the 6th Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science Annual Lecture. This year we are joined by Linzi Wilson-Wilde OAM, a renowned Professor of ...

Superspy science: The world of James Bond

  • Thursday 1st September, 2022 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Science and technology have always been central to the plots that make up the exciting world of James Bond, from the first book published in 1953 to the present day. Join Kathryn Harkup as she expl...

What is dark matter?

  • Tuesday 6th September, 2022 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

What exactly is dark matter? We can’t see it, but we can observe its ghostly gravitational effects on the behaviour and evolution of galaxies. Join particle physicist Peter Fisher as he explores cu...

The science of middle earth

  • Thursday 8th September, 2022 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

This great writer, creator of worlds and unforgettable character, and inventor of language was also a scientific autodidact. He was a botanist, paleontologist and geologist. Join Jean Sebastian an...

Everything you know about minibeasts is wrong!

  • Saturday 10th September, 2022 – 2pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Did you know that the fact that all bees die when they sting you is wrong? Or the fact that centipedes have 100 legs and cockroaches are indestructible is also WRONG? But don’t worry, there are so man...

The art and science of cloudspotting

  • Tuesday 13th September, 2022 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Join Gavin Pretor-Pinney, as he demonstrates how to recognise many of the varied and beautiful cloud formations. Learn about clouds big and small, from the fair-weather cotton tufts of Cumulus clou...

How and why the icy moons of Jupiter became a goal for space exploration

  • Thursday 15th September, 2022 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

In 2024 the European Space Agency will launch a mission 'JUICE' to explore the icy moons of Jupiter. What does it aim to discover? Join space scientist David John Southwood to learn more about the mys...

I'm in Space - Space Zone

  • Monday 19th September, 2022
  • Online

This autumn, bring space to the classroom with I’m in Space, Get me out of here! Help your students gain a deeper understanding of how we collect and use data from space, and show them the diverse ...

Particle physics made easy: from past successes to remaining challenges

  • Monday 26th September, 2022 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

What are the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and its huge detectors used for and how do they work? How do we know that dark matter exists? Could we be at the dawn of a huge revolution in our concept...

Interpreting the Ryedale Hoard

  • Tuesday 27th September, 2022 – 2:30pm
  • Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum, York

In May 2020, two metal detectorists made an amazing discovery in a field near Ampleforth, North Yorkshire. Four spectacular yet diverse objects that were buried together some 1,800 years ago. The Ryed...

The Turing Lectures: A future with autonomous vehicles

  • Tuesday 27th September, 2022 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Driverless cars have been a topic of debate for many years now, and up until recently, seemed like a vision from the long-term future. However, they are steadily becoming a reality, with trials beginn...

On the origin of time

  • Wednesday 28th September, 2022 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Join Thomas Hertog in exploring how he and Stephen Hawking published this final theory together, proposing their radical new Darwinian perspective on the origins of our universe. In doing so, Thomas o...

What is the next global threat?

  • Tuesday 4th October, 2022 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Now we are learning to live with COVID-19, it is time to look to the future. What will be the next big threat? Join our chair Ravi Gupta, and a panel of experts, as they discuss anti-microbial resi...

The biggest ideas in the Universe

  • Thursday 6th October, 2022 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Discover the ideas that revolutionised our view of nature and helped us gain a deeper insight into the workings of the Universe. Join Sean M Carroll as he explores deep questions about the cosmos, ...

Strange science with Dr Karl

  • Saturday 8th October, 2022 – 6pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Join us for a entertaining evening of adventurous anecdotes, terrific tales and some all-round scintillating science with our favourite Australian science presenter. Dr Karl is famous the world ove...

The Huxleys: Revolutionising science, nature and culture

  • Monday 10th October, 2022 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

In the 19th and 20th centuries, the Huxley family profoundly reshaped how humans think about themselves and their effect on this planet. Join Alison Bashford, in conversation with Adam Rutherford, ...

Searching for new physics with low-energy techniques

  • Wednesday 12th October, 2022 – 7pm
  • The Royal Institution, London

Join Danielle Speller as she discusses exciting experiments at the intersection of nuclear, particle, and astrophysics that use low-background, cryogenic detection techniques to look for tiny signals ...

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