Christmas Lectures

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

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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?

Read more...

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?

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

Guest Blog: Stu Harris on directing the CHRISTMAS LECTURES with Carl Sagan

Posted by
Stu Harris
Date posted
12.07.2012
Carl Sagan with a model of the Viking lander

Two of my enduring passions are science and theatre. Since the CHRISTMAS LECTURES® bring an element of theatricality to science, how can I not love them?

Read more...

Are you thinking the same?

Posted by
Deborah Syrop
Date posted
29.12.2011
Bruce Hood

Your chance to try some of the demos from the third of this year's CHRISTMAS LECTURES®.

Read more...

Latest Posts