In his book on the subject, Peter Hetherington concludes that the country is approaching a collision of extremes – increasing demand for food, energy, water and housing. Find out how we arrived here and how change can be made in this lecture.
The most important breakthrough in 20th-century biology was the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in 1953. Find out about the race to understand the structure of DNA in this Young People's lecture.
Are we alone in the Universe? The scope of astrophysics has expanded in the last 20 years with the detection of exoplanets – planets around other stars. Dr Kerins will speak about how astronomers find exoplanets and how we are now also able to probe their structure and atmosphere.
Sir Ernest Shackleton set sail in 1914 to make the first coast-to-coast crossing of Antarctica – the last great feat of polar exploration. Despite failing and losing the ship, it was cause for national celebration when the survival of the men became known two years later.