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. 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
  2. Physics: the fundamental science
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore fundamental aspects of physics such as the nature of light, matter and energy and the physical laws governing our universe. Learn about the revolutionary discoveries of the world 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 £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £88.00
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  3. 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 is responsible for around 25% of the global greenhouse gas emissions, while also affecting biodiversity and resources. We will explore how every activity and actor of the food supply chain is influencing the impact of food, from food production, agriculture and farming, food manufacturing, retailing, transport to consumption. We will finally share ideas of what we can do to reduce our food-related impact.



    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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Wildflowers of streets and lawns: an online ID workshop
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 6 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This short online course will encourage you to look down a lot more often! Learn to spot wildflowers hidden in plain sight. Develop skills to identify these species, discover fascinating information about their ecology and our relationship with them.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £30.00
  7. Exploring the quantum world
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 10 May 2022

    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.



    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
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  8. An introduction to ornithology with birdwatching
    Course start date:  Wed 11 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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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  9. 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

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