CHRISTMAS LECTURES internationally

The CHRISTMAS LECTURES are repeated in a number of countries across the world.

  • Dr Peter Wothers in Singapore in 2013

    Credit: Singapore Science Centre

For more than 20 years, the CHRISTMAS LECTURES' team have travelled to Japan the summer after the original broadcast to repeat the shows for live audiences, as well as being televised on Japanese National TV. In 2012 for the first time they went to Singapore in partnership with the Singapore Science Centre, and the lectures appeared on MediaCorp TV. They have previously also travelled to Brazil and South Korea.


Thanks to our partners the Yomiuri Shimbun, and to the invaluable help of the British Council Japan in preparing for our visit. The lectures are held in Tokyo and a regional city, with simultaneous translation. They are televised on BS Nippon Television.


Thanks to the Singapore Science Centre, we are pleased that the lectures appear as the STAR Lecture in the Singapore Science Festival. Televised on Media Corp Channel 5.

Taking the CHRISTMAS LECTURES abroad

Including live experiments, special guests, specially built demonstrations, numerous opportunities for audience participation and, if you’re lucky, the odd explosion, the CHRISTMAS LECTURES champion scientific talent and inspire future scientists. They are a unique production, being a live science show specially prepared for being televised. They have a strong track record of appearing on UK broadcast channels, and have transferred effectively to foreign TV channels. The Lectures are particularly renowned for their ability to communicate cutting-edge science in an easily accessible format, as well as highlighting what we don’t yet understand about the world.

The topic of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES changes every year, covering a wide breadth of scientific subjects. We are actively seeking new partners in other countries to expand the international base for the lectures. If you are interested in partnering with the Royal Institution, please email Dom McDonald on

  • The Ri CHRISTMAS LECTURES are a true jewel ... They are invaluable for spreading scientific awareness and curiosity in young and old minds alike…a true gift that genuinely keeps on giving.

    Ri Survey December 2010 ‘The Impact of CHRISTMAS LECTURES’