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. 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

  2. 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

  3. More botany

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course looks more closely at plants, how they are grouped, how they are named and why it matters.The course includes visits to Lincoln’s Inn Fields to study the plants there. There is also a full day at Kew Gardens taking in the Library to see some of the treasures of their book and illustration collection and a guided walk in the gardens.



    The course runs on two Saturdays 9 and 23 May at City Lit, morning sessions in the classroom, afternoons offsite and Thursday 21 May at Kew for library and garden visit.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  4. Physics of life

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 10 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  5. Genes, genomes and genetic manipulation

    Genes, genomes and genetic manipulation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to learn more about the biggest revolution in biomedical sciences? Genetics and DNA manipulation increasingly influence our lives. Learn about the basics of DNA technology, its uses and how it affects us.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. Chemistry, from alpha carbon to zymurgy - a review of the fundamentals

    Course Date: Thu 28 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Inspired by science? Fascinated by the past? How did prehistoric societies perform brain surgery? Did the Cold War put a man on the moon? Discover the most influential scientific ideas from prehistory to the modern day.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  7. A brief introduction to human evolution

    A brief introduction to human evolution

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 31 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will learn about how our hominin ancestors evolved and lived and how new evidence has fundamentallly changed our understanding of this process. This concise exploration of the inter-disciplinary field of palaeoanthropology introduces radiometric dating, palaeontology and archaeogenetics.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Astronomy for fun

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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,.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  9. Exploring rocks, minerals and fossils

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore agates, ammonites, granites and more. A hands-on introduction to the basics of the identification and classification of the common rocks, minerals and fossils. Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from University College London) has a special interest in hominin evolutionary research and is also committed to introducing geology to a wider audience.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  10. Astrophysics day

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

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