The CHRISTMAS LECTURES at the Royal Institution have been inspiring generations of budding scientists since the first lectures in 1825. This year, Professor Sophie Scott takes us on a fascinating journey through one of the fundamentals of human and animal life: the unstoppable urge to communicate.
“I don’t know a successful scientist today who wasn’t inspired as a child by the Royal Institution’s CHRISTMAS LECTURES. I grew up watching them with my parents and I now continue the tradition with my son. They’re fun and engaging and a great family-focused way to stimulate an interest in science.”
– Sophie Scott
In the past four years, I’m a Scientist, I’m an Engineer, and I’m an Astronaut have joined forces with the Ri to give school students and the public the chance to ask questions inspired by the lectures. This year, once again, it’s the turn of I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here!
The CHRISTMAS LECTURES and I’m a Scientist
The lectures will be aired on BBC FOUR over the festive period and will then be available to watch on BBC iPlayer and then on the Ri Channel from January 2018.
From December through to the end of January 2018 students and the public will be able to log in to ask any questions inspired by the The language of life lectures. We’ll have a team of scientists, researchers, and experts, including Sophie, online answering questions, and taking part in live chats with schools all over the UK.
School classes will also receive a free debate resource kit to help them run a debate about the issue of privacy in smartphones before their live chat.
Take part in the CHRISTMAS LECTURES Zone
Teachers — Deliver a debate lesson about privacy and take part in a live chat with your students: If you’ve applied to take part in any of the I’m a Scientist, I’m an Engineer, or I’m an Astronaut events, you’ll get an email in November asking if you’d like to register your students for the 2017 CHRISTMAS LECTURES Zone. Find out more about how to use the CHRISTMAS LECTURES zone with your class…
Help answer questions from school students and the public: Does your work or research relate to the themes of communication or privacy? If you’d like to join the team of experts answering questions from school students and the public, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, with your details and a couple of sentences describing your work and how it relates to the themes. Find out more about taking part…