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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. The physics of time
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    We will explore the various different conceptions of time within modern physics. The absolute time of Newtonian mechanics is contrasted with the relativistic time of Einsteinian gravity. The possibility that time is quantized, made up of discrete moments, is seen to emerge in some of the most cutting edge theories of physics, such as loop quantum gravity and string theory. The emergence of time in the big bang, the direction of time, and the possibility of time travel are all explored.



    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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    98% of 100
  2. Winter to Spring wildlife
    Course start date:  Wed 9 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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. Introduction to botany
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A practical course ideal for those who are new to the science of botany. Learn about the Plant Kingdom, basic external structure of flowering plants and the function of their components plus explore plant names . 3 Saturday sessions, mornings in the classroom, afternoons short local walks to see specimens outdoors.



    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £80.00
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    100% of 100
  4. Space after 'the race'
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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
  5. A gentle introduction to genetics and genetic manipulation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 1 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £40.00
  6. More botany
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 7 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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
  7. Wild West London nature walks
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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
  8. Chemistry: a gentle introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Chemistry is fundamental to life and the world around us. Natural chemical processes sustain biological organisms, shape the world as we experience it, and have been detected on distant planets. This course explores the basics of chemistry to give a working knowledge of the most important areas.



    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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