Science and nature courses online & in London

Spanning astronomy, geology, physics, chemistry, evolutionary and forensic anthropology, ecology, conservation and climate change, City Lit's science and nature programme offers a wide range of different options on weekdays, evenings and weekends.

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. Our courses, including short day courses, lectures and longer-term study over several weeks, aim to inform you of the issues that interest you.

From September to December 2020, 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. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Our courses are taught by experts in their fields. Our tutors come from a range of backgrounds, and include academic experts, experienced educators, conservationists, 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.

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  1. Science guest lecture: Max Kerr Winter on Biophysics: An introduction to current research

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 28 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    The variety of life on Earth has been studied extensively by biologists for centuries, and is now an active area of research for physicists as well. The field of biophysics aims to use the mathematical and computational tools of physics to understand complex living creatures. In this talk, Max Kerr Winter will discuss various ways in which physics and biology come together, from the forces that shape growing embryos, to photosynthesis in plants, and how this exciting field is shaping the future of AI and biotechnology.



    Max Kerr Winter is a theoretical biophysicist. He researches at the Francis Crick Institute, London, in collaboration with experimental biologists at the University of Cambridge.

    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. Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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 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

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    Earth's six major mass extinctions: an introduction

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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 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

  4. Introduction to Cloud computing

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 16 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Cloud computing uses the internet to provide shared computing resources on demand. Learn about the major operators in this business and how to avoid expensive hardware costs by renting what you need when you need it.

    This course is FREE if a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £25.00

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