CHRISTMAS LECTURES internationally

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

  • Rehearsals for the 2016 Singapore Star Lecture with Kevin Fong

    Credit: The Royal Institution
  • Saiful Islam in Singapore, 2017

    Credit: The Royal Insitution
  • Dr Peter Wothers in Singapore in 2013

    Credit: Singapore Science Centre

For more than 20 years, the CHRISTMAS LECTURES' team has travelled around the world, bringing our expertise in science communication to a global audience. Starting with Richard Dawkins in 1992, we travel to Japan the summer after the original broadcast to repeat the shows for live audiences. In 2012 for the first time the lectures went to Singapore in partnership with the Singapore Science Centre, and appeared on Singaporean National TV. We have also added Hong Kong to our regular world tour, thanks to the support of Kellett School, the British International School in Hong Kong. Working abroad not only allows us to showcase our world-class programmes but also to bring attention to, and foster the international and interconnected nature of science today.


Our work in Japan is made possible by the support of our partners the Yomiuri Shimbun, and our hosts Tokyo Institute of Technology. The lectures are held in Tokyo, with simultaneous translation.


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

Hong Kong

Since 2017, we have been visiting Kellett School, the British International School in Hong Kong. At Kellett we stage the CHRISTMAS LECTURES in their school theatre, with the assistance of their science department.

Taking the CHRISTMAS LECTURES abroad

The CHRISTMAS LECTURES champion scientific talent and inspire future scientists, with live experiments, special guests, specially built demonstrations, numerous opportunities for audience participation and, if you’re lucky, the odd explosion. They are a unique production that has transferred with great effect to different international audiences. We are actively seeking new partners, so if you are interested in partnering with the Royal Institution, please email Emma Kelly, Head of Business Development on