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Christmas Lectures from the Royal Institution start 28th December 2020 on BBC4 at 8pm

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On the 28th December 2020, BBC4 is showing the first of three Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.

The Royal Institution is an independent charity.  It is dedicated to connecting people with the world of science.

Their vision is “a word where everyone is inspired to think more deeply about science and its place in our lives” and the Christmas Lectures are a great way to encourage us all to think about science and how it affects us.  They were started back in 1825, believe it or not, by Michael Faraday, and they are now on national television every year.  You can see past lectures here.

Michael Faraday started the Christmas Lectures back in 1825!
Michael Faraday started the Christmas Lectures back in 1825!
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The 2020 programmes themed around Planet Earth – A User’s Guide and they are are:

Tuesday 28th December 2020 at 8pm

Professor Chris Jackson’s focus is on earth’s climate over time.  He takes a look at the radical swings in temperature that our planet has been through and what’s driving the changes.  He also looks at the role people play.

Wednesday 29th December 2020 at 8pm

Dr Helen Czerski shows the surprising role whale poo plays in ocean heating and plumping. The programme also looks at submarine waterfalls – this Christmas lectures gives you an appreciation for the waters on earth.

Thursday 30th December 2020 at 8pm

Dr Tara Shine tells us about the miracle of air that we breathe.  She looks at the creation of oxygen and the impact carbon dioxide has.  There’s also a look at how hydrogen could shape the future of transport and heating.

Become a Member!

The Royal Institution does have a gift membership scheme, so why not take a look at it and buy the science lover in your life a membership?   Their building is currently closed due to COVID-19 but they are bringing science to all of us instead!  There's also the opportunity for young people to have a Ri Young Member which is great for youngsters who are fascinated with science - we need good scientists.  Take a look at the membership information here.

They also have an incredible library of videos on You Tube, great for anyone stuck in lockdown who wants to keep their mind active and dig deeper into the mysteries of science!

Head to the Royal Institution’s website here.



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