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The Royal Society – Summer Science Online 2020 (Thurs)

The Royal Society – Summer Science Online 2020 (Thurs) 16 July 2020

Welcome to Summer Science Online. Featuring live and pre-recorded talks and videos, our online only programme brings you a free celebration of cutting-edge and historic science, all to enjoy at home.

The programme for Thursday 16 July can be found below. Premiered and live video content will be available to watch on our YouTube channel, with additional activities and online showcases released on our social media platforms throughout the day. The Exhibition content is generally suitable for an audience aged 12+. Direct links to each of the sessions will be made live shortly before the start time and all content is free to view and explore.


Young Researchers’ spotlight

From 10.15am

Join us on social media as we explore footage and images from young researchers undertaking investigative science projects in schools and colleges around the UK, as part of the Partnership Grants scheme.
Image © Kkolosov.

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What are they up to now?

11.30am – 12 noon

Ever wonder what our researchers do once the Summer Science Exhibition is finished? We catch up with some of our previous exhibitors to find out what’s new with their research since their time at the Exhibition.

Watch on our YouTube livestream.

The art of AI extrapolation

12.30pm – 12.45pm

Join Professor Yarin Gal to discover new techniques in machine learning, giving you the chance to venture beyond the frame of some of your favourite paintings.

Watch on our YouTube livestream.

The great wave off Kanagawa print by Hokusai

Doodle of the day

Live from 1pm

Get your creative juices flowing in this daily art challenge. We’ll be posting an image from the Royal Society’s archive collection and we invite you to recreate it – in any format that takes your fancy.

Follow us on Twitter to find today’s daily challenge. Share your pictures and photos with us using #summerscience.

Stormy weather: Citizen science

Live from 2.30pm

(Part 5 of 6) Discover how observations from across the world have been used to forecast the weather for hundreds of years and how you can get involved today. A showcase in partnership with the Met Office.
© Met Office.

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Meteorology sketch

Objectivity, Summer Science special

Live from 3pm

Brady Haran rummages in the archives of the Summer Science Exhibition for a special edition of Objectivity, his YouTube channel telling the stories behind historic scientific objects.

Watch on YouTube.

Summer Science highlights

4pm – 4.15pm

Take a trip down memory lane as we look back at some of our highlights over the past few years. Sit back and enjoy a selection of bite-sized videos by our expert exhibitors covering topics from astronomy to zoology, and everything in between.

Watch on our YouTube livestream.

Stormy weather: Numerical weather prediction and supercomputers

Live from 4.30pm

(Part 6 of 6) Discover how computers have revolutionised the way weather is forecast and the history of the Met Office supercomputers. A showcase in partnership with the Met Office.
Image © Met Office.

Visit the collections on Google Arts & Culture.


From the archives

6pm – 6.30pm

Join our Summer Science take on a movie screening with these historic expedition film reels that show scientific exploration in the early days. Today’s short film takes us to Tristan Da Cunha in 1961, as scientists explored the impact of the volcanic eruption on the geology and vegetation of the island.

Watch on our YouTube livestream.

What’s on Friday 17 July

Discover highlights from past Exhibitions before joining astrophysicist Professor Giovanna Tinetti as she explores exoplanets, and quiz our collection of space experts in a live Q&A.

Follow all this and more on Friday at Summer Science Online.

Missed any content during the week?

Head to our dedicated playlist on YouTube to catch-up on any sessions you miss during the week.


July 16
10:00 am - 6:30 pm
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