Warwick Christmas Lectures 2023

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7th November 2023

The Warwick Christmas Lectures 2023

30th November and 7th December – 7pm | Age 8+

The award-winning Warwick Christmas Lectures return and are bigger and more fun than ever! Scientists from the University of Warwick will leave their labs to entertain and amaze audiences. You can expect mind-boggling science, explosive experiments, and audience participation.

This year over two inspiring evenings, scientists will challenge AI to write a Christmas card, discover how animals inspired engineering, explore the colour spectrum, be surprised by snow, and wish Sir Isaac Newton a Happy Birthday!

Live Labs return to the foyer spaces in Warwick Arts Centre from 5.30pm, so you can get up close and hands on with real-life science before the Christmas Lectures begin.

So, pull on your festive jumper, bring your family members or friends and join us for an evening that audiences described last year as awesome, messy, and fun!

To book your tickets for the lectures, head over to the Warwick Arts Centre website here.

For a taster of what to expect, you can watch the 2020 lectures online here.

The Christmas Lectures is a collaboration between Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick’s Department of Physics and China Plate Theatre. With thanks to the Warwick Institute of Engagement for the Live Labs.

Two people in white lab coats and goggles on stage conducting an experiment.

© Peter Marsh

Thursday 30 November

Can AI design a cracking Christmas card? Did you know that batteries have been around for 2000 years? Is every snowflake really unique?

Join Jonty Leese, Dr Nessa Fereshteh Saniee, Dr Phil Jemmet and Ally Caldecote and their teams as they share the answers to these questions and explore Artificial Intelligence, the batteries that power the modern world and everyone’s favourite Christmas weather.

Thursday 7 December

What is the link between colour, chemistry and Christmas? Who are the amazing unsung heroes of the Warwick scientific community? What animals have inspired engineering?

Be surprised and delighted by Dr Alex Baker, Ally Caldecote and Dr Kerry Baker as they look into the colour spectrum, share a selection box of scientists, and invite you to play “Mince Pie or Custard Pie”.