How the Universe will end 

The Universe was born in the Big Bang nearly 14 billion years ago, but how will it die? This is a far more complex mystery. Brad Gibson is on a quest to understand how it all ends and what it will mean for humanity’s fate.

Sci-fi influences on evolutionary linguistics

When spoken word leaves no trace, how do we know where it comes from? Drawing on films such as Arrival, Hannah Little explores how language – our most powerful tool – can be established from scratch when there is no pre-existing knowledge.

In search of Vikings 

Using cutting edge science, Cat Jarman has rewritten a pivotal period in British history: the Vikings. In this talk, she will reveal how she investigated the likely burial ground of the Great Viking Army and will explore what this means for our understanding of our ancient past.

The rise and fall of the dinosaurs

Sharing personal stories and new discoveries, palaeontologist Stephen Brusatte takes you on perhaps the most exciting tale in earth’s history – one that lasted over 100 million years: the rise and fall of the dinosaurs.

Future thinking 

How we imagine the future has significant repercussions on how we conduct ourselves in the present. In this talk, Scott Cole will reveal how such thinking can affect our thoughts, emotions and behaviour and what impact this has on society.

The importance of being mobile

They say sitting is the new smoking. We all like to rest, but can too much sitting in our older years impair our quality of life? Join Sandra Agyapong-Badu as she shares her latest research on the impact of inactivity on the mind, mood and muscles, and importantly, what we can all do about it.

Parkinson’s from inside out 

People with a health condition are often invited to take part in research as participants, but they can also use their experience to actively shape how this is done. Join a Parkinson’s patient and a researcher as they tell their touching story of working together and the unexpected benefits that have emerged from this partnership.

CSI of the sea 

Join the ZSL team, Rob Deaville, Matthew Perkins and Charlotte Coales, for a unique opportunity to watch a live cetacean dissection. Explore why whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) strand around the UK’s coast, and what role we play in these strandings. Learn more about the threats they face in UK waters and how examinations like … Continued

Arctic climate change: a people’s story

In Arctic Norway, the Sami communities are reindeer herders who are close to nature and dependent on the land. However, their lives are already being affected by climate change, which has taken hold in northern latitudes the fastest. In this captivating talk, their compelling stories about our changing climate are told. 

Digging the dirt on the world’s oldest fossils

What are the earliest fossils? How did Earth transition from a microbial world to the one we’re familiar with today? Unfortunately, our fossil record is biased towards organisms with hard shells and skeletons, which evolved 3 billion years after life on Earth began, so it’s hard to answer these questions. But what about the fossils … Continued