Science and nature courses online & in London

Spanning weekdays, evenings, and weekends, City Lit's science and nature programme offers a wide range of online courses and lectures across the fields of astronomy, geology, physics, chemistry, evolutionary and forensic anthropology, botany and horticulture, and ecology, conservation, and climate change.


Our science and nature courses will help you understand how our planet, its ecosystems, and humanity has evolved up to the present day and the challenges we now face, whether looking at the plant kingdom, the animal kingdom, or our own societies. Our courses, including lectures, day courses, and longer-term study over several weeks, aim to inform you of the issues that interest you.


Throughout 2021, our courses will run online to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community. This enables you to join your courses wherever you are. We will keep you updated as to when we will be back in our building in central London and on our walks across the capital. Whether online or in the classroom, we are here to welcome you.

Our courses are taught by experts in their fields.

Coming from a range of backgrounds, our tutors include academic experts, forensic anthropologists, experienced educators, archaeologists, conservationists, horticultural experts, and renowned guides. Whoever your tutor, all our courses are intellectually rigorous and stimulating.


Take a look at our programme below to find your next science or nature course. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Astronomy: a gentle introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Roger O'Brien
    A leisurely walk through back garden astronomy. Learn how to find your way around the constellations, whether to buy a telescope, how to find planets and look safely at the sun. Find out why astronomy is good for you.







    Roger O' Brien has taught astronomy for the Workers’ Educational Association, the OU, and the Royal Observatory Greenwich.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
    Rating:
    85% of 100
  2. Winter to Spring wildlife
    Course start date:  Wed 9 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brenna Boyle
    This time of year sees winter begin to relax its clutches and the early signs of spring emerge. It’s a very rewarding time of year to get out walking. One introduction session at City Lit, followed by two guided walks.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £30.00
  3. Space after 'the race'
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Roger O'Brien
    Looking beyond ‘space billionaires’ in the headlines, what is the state of space affairs after the Cold War space race? Join this course to learn more.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £39.00
  4. Introduction to quantum physics
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 27 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Radmila Topalovic
    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.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
  5. Earth's six major mass extinctions: an introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 27 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Charles Clarke
    An introductory course which gives a long-term perspective to extinction events throughout earth’s history, reminding us of the fragility of the planet's ecosystems. While we currently see the very real effects of climate change on the planet for humans, we may forget that many biological organisms have not survived in earlier extreme conditions. Looking back over the last 450 million years of earth’s history we will go beyond the extinction of the dinosaurs to mass extinctions that were even more devastating.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
  6. Science guest lecture with Professor Raman Prinja: The stellar story, from dusty birth to explosive death
    Course start date:  Fri 18 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A highly illustrated survey lecture on the birth and death of stars by Raman Prinja, Professor of Astrophysics at University College London.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £15.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £15.00
  7. Exploring the geology of the Peak District
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 27 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Charles Clarke
    The Peak District is a geological story 350 million years in the making. From the warm shallow seas of the Carboniferous to the relentless power of Ice, ploughing through this landscape. This course will take you on a journey through the geological history of the Peak District, highlighting in more detail sites you can visit in the region.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £26.00
  8. A gentle introduction to genetics and genetic manipulation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 1 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Humphreys
    Want to learn more about how Genetics and DNA manipulation increasingly influence our lives? Join us to learn about the basics of DNA technology, its uses and how it affects us.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £35.00
  9. More botany
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 7 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Letta Jones
    This course looks more closely at plants noticing changes in early summer how they are grouped and named. The course includes afternoon walks to Lincoln’s Inn Fields to observe the plants there.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £50.00
  10. Physics of life
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 8 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Radmila Topalovic
    Find out why physics is the science upon which everything depends. In this course we will use basic physics concepts to understand the biological processes in living organisms, including the relatively new field of quantum biology. 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. Radmila was an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, she is currently Programme Leader for Science and Engineering at Kaplan International College.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
  11. Geology and London
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 8 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Charles Clarke
    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.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. Exploring the quantum world
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 10 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Radmila Topalovic
    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.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £88.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  13. An introduction to ornithology with birdwatching
    Course start date:  Wed 11 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brenna Boyle
    Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of birds. This short course has a broad scope; from evolution and global diversity to bird behaviour and song. Learn identification techniques in the classroom, then try out your skills during three guided fieldtrips to London locations.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £44.00
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  14. Wild West London nature walks
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brenna Boyle
    West London has much to offer a nature walker. Join us as we explore woodland, parkland, riverside, wetland and heathland habitats on three guided walks. Find out more about local trees, wildflowers, invertebrates, water-life and birds.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £39.00
  15. Astronomy for fun
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Roger O'Brien
    If you have already enjoyed a gentle introduction to astronomy, here is the next step: what to



    look for and how to do and find out more. De-mystify some of the specialist software,.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
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