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.

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  1. A taste of physics
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 12 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get a taste of the fundamental aspects of physics such as the nature of light, matter and energy and the physical laws governing the world around us and our universe.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  2. Astronomy: a gentle introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 14 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    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.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
    Rating:
    85% of 100
  3. Botany of the Christmas cake
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 5 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Exploring the contents of a seasonal vegan cake, we will get to know better which plants provide the ingredients.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £34.00 Senior fee £28.00 Concession £20.00
  4. Stargazing at home: From your window to the Universe (December)
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Two urban astronomers – Rad and Tom, formerly of the Royal Observatory Greenwich – will take you on a topical tour of the seasonal night sky, going beyond the veil of light pollution to explore the cosmic sights that we can all find from home. We will show you how to plan your stargazing session from maps to apps, and find the things that most people miss. We’ll also teach you how to capture the stars with the cameras you already own.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £15.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £15.00
  5. Science guest lecture with Dr. Ximena Schmidt: The science of food: 'Eating in the future’
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This talk will discuss how food contribute by around 25% of the global greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to affect biodiversity and resources. We will explore how every activity and actor of the food supply chain is influencing the impacts of food, from food production, agriculture and farming, food manufacturing, retailing, transport, and consumption. We will finally share ideas of what we can do to reduce our food-related impacts.



    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
  6. Marine geology: the hidden geology beneath the oceans
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Jan 2022

    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.



    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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    100% of 100
  7. Introduction to quantum physics
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 27 Feb 2022

    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.



    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
  8. Earth's six major mass extinctions: an introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 27 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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
  9. Science guest lecture with Professor Raman Prinja: The stellar story, from dusty birth to explosive death
    Evening
    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

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