CHRISTMAS LECTURES internationally

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

  • 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, as well as often being televised on Japanese National TV. In 2012 for the first time the lectures went to Singapore in partnership with the Singapore Science Centre, and appeared on Singaporean National TV. They have previously also travelled to Brazil and South Korea. We are continuing this tradition in 2018 thanks to our 2017 supporters such as Lloyds Register Foundation. We will also be taking the Lectures to Hong Kong for the first time in 2018, with the support of Kellett School, the British International School in Hong Kong. 


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. They are 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 and have transferred effectively to foreign TV channels. 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, Head of Education on