Science and nature courses in London

Look to the stars or stay closer to home with a wide range of topical and specialist short courses on subjects including astronomy, evolution, ecosystems and genetics that are ideal for anyone curious about our planet and what lies beyond it.

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  1. Introduction to quantum physics

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about the failure of classical mechanics (everyday laws of physics) to explain particle behaviour and the emergence of the quantum revolution. Consider interpretations of these unusual phenomena and the use of quantum physics in current technology.



    Radmila Topalovic holds a degree in Physics with Astrophysics and a PhD in Astrochemistry. She has taught physics, maths and astronomy for almost ten years, and is particularly passionate about quantum physics and astrobiology. She is a former astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  2. Marine geology: The hidden geology beneath the oceans

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We know more about the surface of the moon than what lies beneath our planet's oceans. On this course, we will explore the geological features within our oceans.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. Introduction to machine learning

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 6 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One of the great advances in technology is that machines can learn without humans teaching them explicit rules – e.g. letting machines train on samples of speech allows Siri to recognise your commands. Machine learning is a large part of artificial intelligence, and a mystery to most of us. This practical course teaches you how to program learning algorithms in Python. We will cover fundamentals of classification, natural language processing, financial predictions and much more. You will learn elements of data mining, how to choose a learning algorithm, and how to tweak parameters of the algorithm. We will briefly cover the theory behind the algorithms, so some maths knowledge is useful, but not required. To enrol, you must have experience with Python or a similar programming language, e.g. have taken City Lit’s Introduction to Python or Introduction to R programming course.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  4. Introduction to cyber security essentials

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 15 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to protect your personal or business data from cyber security attacks in this short course. You will learn how to deploy basic technical controls into your personal or organisation data information systems to ensure that basic technical security measures are in place.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  5. Tree talk and walk: Battersea Park

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A look at some magnificent trees and how to identify them. With a morning session at City Lit and an afternoon tree walk in Battersea Park.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. Psyched! An interactive science evening in collaboration with Birkbeck, University of London, Department of Psychological Sciences: sex differences

    Psyched! An interactive science evening in collaboration with Birkbeck, University of London, Department of Psychological Sciences: sex differences

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 26 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Psyched! - an insider’s look at how the brain works and how evolution affects the way you think, feel and behave.

    Let's talk about sex (differences) Slugs and snails and puppy dog's tails – or sugar and spice and everything nice? What are boys and girls made of?

    Delivered in partnership with Birkbeck, University of London, Department of Pyschological Sciences.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  7. Introduction to robotics

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Mar 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Robots are starting to replace dogs as human’s best friends, and are infiltrating our lives in everything from healthcare to space exploration. Learn how they work and what the future will look like.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  8. Tree talk and walk: Regent's Park

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 4 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A look at some magnificent trees and how to identify them. With a morning session at City Lit and an afternoon tree walk in Regent’s Park.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  9. Astronomy at the UCL observatory, Mill Hill

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    An intensive course with unique access to the facilities of the UCL Observatory, including practical experiments and solar observations. Learn how stars live and die, the characteristics of the variety of planets that orbit them and discover the mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Tutors: UCL staff including Dr Francisco Diego.
    Full fee: £259.00
    Senior fee: £207.00
    Concession: £158.00

  10. Exploring the quantum world

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wondered what quantum theory is? Are you baffled by relativity? Learn about the interpretations of quantum physics and what it means for our conception of reality.



    Radmila Topalovic holds a degree in Physics with Astrophysics and a PhD in Astrochemistry. She has taught physics, maths and astronomy for almost ten years, and is particularly passionate about quantum physics and astrobiology. She is a former astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £83.00

  11. Tree talk and walk: the Square Mile

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A look at some magnificent trees and how to identify them. With a morning session at City Lit and an afternoon tree walk in The Square Mile.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. Geology and London

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how the geology below greater London has shaped its landscapes, infrastructure and built environment, making it such a fascinating and visually diverse city; look at stone types and their effects on the buildings around us.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  13. Stay safe online

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What does identify theft entail? What risks do you run? Learn how to protect yourself from identify theft on this course.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

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    Science guest lecture Professor Raman Prinja: The Stellar Story, from dusty birth to explosive death

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A highly illustrated survey lecture on the birth and death of stars.

    Our understanding of the evolution of stars represents one of the great scientific breakthroughs of the past 100 years, bridged by the work of several Nobel laureates. Raman Prinja, Professor of Astrophysics at University College London, will present an overview of our modern understanding of stellar evolution, from the dusty birth of stars, and their nuclear-burning lives, to ultimate demise including supernova detonations, and the bizarre end-states of neutron stars and black holes.



    Raman Prinja is Professor of Astrophysics at University College London (UCL), where he is Head of the Physics and Astronomy Department. He has been awarded the Pol and Christiane Swings research prize and is a multiple winner of the UCL Teaching awards. Beyond research and teaching, Prof Prinja is deeply engaged in outreach activities and is the author of several successful books, including the award winning titles 'Science Crazy', 'Night Sky Watcher' and 'Planetarium'. He is also the winner of the 2019 American Institute of Physics science communication and Royal Society Young People's book prizes.
    Full fee: £15.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £15.00

  15. Further cosmology

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 30 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you know a bit about cosmology and want to know more? There are intriguing results from the Planck Mission. Many people and some theorists want to know what happened before the big bang. Do we need multi-verses, parallel universes, branes, superstrings? What news from CERN? A chance to delve more deeply into this fascinating subject.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

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