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Spotlight on: Science

Story added 11th May 2018

Spotlight on: Science

Whether you have your head up in space or want to know more about the physical world around you, our science courses will enable you to take a closer look at the planet we live in and what lies beyond it.

We offer a range of topical and specialist courses suitable for anyone with a curious mind. With courses from beginners to more advanced level in a range of subjects, including astronomy, geology and human sciences, you’re bound to find something that takes your interest.


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What is coming up at City Lit?

Genes, genomes and genetic manipulation – starts Wed 23 May, 18:00-19:30

With all the recent breakthroughs that are being made in the world of genetics, including the thirty new gene variants that are connected to depression, there couldn’t be a more exciting time to learn about genes.

This course will explore genetics and DNA manipulation and the significant effect it can have on our lives. It will look closely at the basics of DNA technology, why it is used and its impact. It will cover how genes influence evolution and how we inherit our physical characteristics which can also affect our health.


For more information, please visit our Genes, genomes and genetic manipulation course page.


Astronomy in focus: 4 talks and discussion on life in the universe from stardust to the Drake equation – Sat 23 June, 14:00-16:30

Ever wondered if other forms of life exist within the universe? Leading experts in the world of astronomy, Raman Prinja, Roger O’Brien, Ramila Topalovic and Francisco Diego will provide short introductions to address if it is possible for other life forms to exist.

You will also get the chance to participate in an audience question and answer session after the presentations.


For more information and to book your place at the event, please visit our Astronomy in focus: 4 talks and discussion on life in the universe from stardust to the Drake equation page.


Guest lecture evolutionary biology: The origins of life in hydro-thermal vents – Tue 26 June, 18:00-19:30

Join us on Tuesday 26 June as we welcome evolutionary biologist, Professor Nick Lane who leads the UCL Research Frontiers Origins of Life programme.

In this guest lecture, Nick will present some of the latest research in the field of bioenergetics in the origin of life and the evolution of cells. He will also explain why theories in this area are sometimes referred to as the ‘most counter-intuitive ideas in biology since Darwin’.


For more information about Nick Lane and to book tickets to this event, please visit our Guest lecture evolutionary biology: The origins of life in hydro-thermal vents page.

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