Christmas Lectures

Behind the scenes stories, extra features and insights into the creative process behind past and present CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

Tales from the lobster tank

Posted by
Alison Woollard Sophie Gilbert
Date posted
08.04.2014
Alison Woollard holding a lobster

Whatever happened to the 2013 CHRISTMAS LECTURES lobster...?

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I'm a scientist, get me out of the lab!

Posted by
Karolina Chocian
Date posted
06.03.2014
Karolina Chocian in biochemistry lab at Oxford

Should scientists be happy to say "I don't know" more often? Karolina Chocian reflects on her experience answering Life Fantastic questions with I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here!

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Of worms and (wo)men

Posted by
Alison Woollard
Date posted
28.02.2014
Alison Woollard presenting at the 2013 Life Fantastic CHRISTMAS LECTURES

Alison Woollard reflects on the whirlwind experience of presenting the ‘Life Fantastic’ 2013 CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

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I’m a scientist, get me in there

Posted by
John Robert Davis
Date posted
17.02.2014
smiling boy at a laptop

John Robert Davis, a developmental biologist from Kings College, reflects on his experience answering Life Fantastic questions with I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here! and asks if we need to do more to teach students about evolution.

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If only walls could talk

Posted by
Imogen, Oaklands Catholic School
Date posted
19.12.2013
Children on stage at the 2013 CHRISTMAS LECTURES

Ri-inspired student poetry from Oaklands Catholic School.

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The gyroscope, an engineer and the CHRISTMAS LECTURES

Posted by
Frank James
Date posted
10.12.2013
Eric Laithwaite delivering CHRISTMAS LECTURES

Eric Laithwaite was a British electrical engineer and presenter of the 1974 CHRISTMAS LECTURES who sparked a controversial debate with his unconventional views on the behaviour of gyroscopes.

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Do science lectures work?

Posted by
Dr Nathalia Gjersoe
Date posted
25.11.2013
Bruce Hood, Human Brain

Scientists go to great lengths to make their public lectures engaging and enjoyable, but how much does the audience actually learn and how long do they remember it for?

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What makes the #xmaslectures?

Posted by
Olympia Brown
Date posted
21.11.2013
Christmas Lectures

Which special elements capture the essence of a CHRISTMAS LECTURE?

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The best phone call of the year

Posted by
Olympia Brown
Date posted
06.10.2013
Alison Woollard Life Fantastic

How do we choose the Christmas Lecturer each year? There's more to it than meets the eye before making that all important call.

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24 Films for Advent

Posted by
Ed Prosser
Date posted
20.12.2012
Test tubes with coloured lights

The making of the Ri's online Advent Calendar 2012.

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