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Warwick Christmas Lectures 2021

Warwick's annual science extravaganza has moved ONLINE!

It’s that time of year when scientists at the University of Warwick are usually dusting off their festive outfits and preparing to entertain and amaze audiences with some of the messiest, most eruptive experiments around. Sadly, in line with government guidance, Warwick Arts Centre remains closed for a while longer, but do not fear… our valiant researchers aren’t so easily stopped! 

Produced in association with the University of Warwick’s Department of Physics, six intrepid Physicists bring you a bite-sized taste of the world-class research happening on campus ONLINE. So, pull on your Christmas jumper, grab a mince pie and settle down with family members or friends for these FREE ten-minute lectures featuring mind-boggling science and some explosive experiments you can do at home.

The lectures are available on Warwick Arts Centre’s YouTube channel at this link. Lectures will remain on our channel throughout 2021, so you have plenty of time to enjoy them at a time that works for you.

Supported by Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate.

Man stood in front of a tube of dry ice mist holding his arms out

Watch all the lectures here:


Dr Paul Goddard (most suited for 12+)

Tales of objects that hover in mid-air sounds like magic. Join Dr Paul Goddard from the physics department at the University of Warwick for science that is even more astounding than a magic trick!


Dr Farzana Meru (most suited for 12+)

While life can be unstable and turbulent at times, we are very grateful that our solar system isn’t! Travel back in time with Dr Farzana Meru from the physics department at the university of Warwick to a time before our planet was formed and find out about how planets are made!


Dr Aruni Fonseka (most suited for 10+)

Have you ever wondered if atoms are real? Here to explain is Dr Aruni Fonseka, who works in the Physics Department at the University of Warwick. Her job involves using some of the most powerful microscopes in the world and she wants to explore with you the strange and curious influence that atoms have.


Tishtrya Mehta (most suited for 10+)

Tish Mehta is a solar physicist in the physics department at the University of Warwick. Rulers and tape measures don’t work in space, so how do we know how far away things are? Join Tish as she explains how physicists measure very, very large distances.


Paul McCarroll and Dr Alan Burton (most suited for 8+)

Paul McCarroll and Dr Alan Burton are technicians in the physics department at the University of Warwick. The work of technicians often goes unnoticed by many, but their work is essential to a lot of science research.


Ally Caldecote (most suited for 8+)

Ally Caldecote works in the physics department at the University of Warwick sharing the awesomeness of physics with anyone who will listen. Join her for some science investigations you can do at home!

Woman pouring out liquid nitrogen on stage

man in a christmas jumper talking on stage