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Science and Nature in and for the 21st century

Story added 24th Sep 2020

Often with ancient origins outside Europe, many of the scientific disciplines we know today have intimate histories with the European and American imperial projects from the 19th century onwards. Many of us probably have some sense of the links between empire and, for example, botany, genetics, and geology. Other disciplines less so. Known to us or not, the science of empire has a stake in today’s global problems of inequality, production of waste, resource depletion and climate change.

At the same time, the sciences of today are integral to how humanity will be able to face an uncertain future. Despite (or perhaps because of) its history, science is and will remain at the core of humanity’s shared journey forward as our planet changes underneath, around, and above us.

Going forward, the sharing and use of scientific knowledge will therefore remain central: From the exploration of remote corners of the galaxy to the mapping of minds and molecules of humans and non-human species on earth to as well as the translation of scientific research into better solar power, cleaner water, ethical artificial intelligence and new ways of supporting collapsing species. Or, in other words, astronomy, physics, evolutionary anthropology, ecology, geology, chemistry, and the other sciences are as important as ever.  

At City Lit, we offer a broad range of science and nature courses and guest lectures. Some are short, some longer. Some courses will help you with the basics while others will invite you to delve deeper into a specific area.

Whichever the format and focus, all our science and nature courses will help you better understand the natural world around you and beyond.

For example, you might be interested in some of the following:

Science guest lecture: Professor Hilary Downes on Volcanoes: How, when, where?

Genes, genomes and genetic manipulation

What secrets do your bones hold? - Introduction to forensic anthropology

All change: how wildlife copes with a changing planet

Science guest lecture: Professor Catherine Loveday on Curating the self through memories, music and belongings

Exploring the Science of Climate Change

Science guest lecture: Radmila Topalovic on Women who have revolutionised the world of physics

Chemistry: From alpha carbon to zymurgy

Climate Change: The winners and losers

A brief introduction to climate change


You can find these and more courses in our science and nature section.