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 Sandile Mtetwa on Climate change: Beyond fossil fuels - is hydrogen the answer?

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 5 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    In this guest lecture PhD Fellow Sandile Mtetwa from the University of Cambridge discusses the different efforts with a special emphasis on hydrogen, which has seen its use expand dramatically since the mid-1970s, and her own research that aims at building solar-driven hydrogen energy resources.

    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. Climate change canaries

    Climate change canaries

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course explores the impacts of climate change on a range of UK wildlife and reveal those species which offer an early warning sign: the climate change canaries.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  3. Two very Russian elements: the discovery of Moscovium and Oganesson

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Moscovium and Oganesson are synthetic chemical elements created at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, near Moscow, Oganesson in 2002 and Moscovium in 2003. We will explore their creation in this course, look at the motivation for creating new elements, the means by which these new elements are created, and the importance of these elements in increasing our understanding of the physical universe.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  4. Race science: from then to now

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will explore the shameful history of racial science and the role it played in justifying oppressive regimes and colonialism, turning racism into a structural component of societies in many countries, segregation and many other dark moments of the last few centuries.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £40.00

  5. Introduction to artificial intelligence

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 17 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk say it's humanity's biggest threat, but you use it every day. Learn what artificial intelligence is, what it will become, and how it works.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  6. An introduction to the human immune system

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 17 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    In this course, we will explore various parts of the body’s defences: the innate (and always ready) immune system and the cell-based-immune system as well as also touch upon vaccinations and antibodies along with COVID and HIV as examples of immune system challenges.

    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: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  7. Tree talk: Regent's Park

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    A look at some magnificent trees and how to identify them. With a morning session at City Lit and an afternoon tree walk in Regent’s Park. We are planning to meet in the Park but if the government's health regulations change, the course will be online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  8. Physics unravelled? Navigating the maze of String Theory

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    With its promise of answering questions about black holes, gravity and dark matter/energy, string theory has captivated many physicists for the past 50 years. In this course, we will look at string theory in a non-technical way and consider what the prospects are for this remarkable theory.

    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

  9. Tree talk: Battersea Park

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    A look at some magnificent trees and how to identify them by walking in Battersea Park.

    We are planning to meet in the Park but if regulations change, the course will be online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

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    A brief introduction to climate change

    New Evening
    Course Date: Wed 7 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This introductory course brings you up speed on the history and basics of climate change and how humankind has responded until now.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £17.00

  11. Skeletons talk: Secrets revealed by bones

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Forensic anthropologists have become central to closing criminal, historical and other cases by way of analysing bones. Join us for a session with a practitioning forensic specialist with experience in both forensic archeology and forensic anthropology.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  12. Physics: the fundamental science

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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 will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £83.00

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