The 2015 CHRISTMAS LECTURES: How to survive in space

The CHRISTMAS LECTURES at the Royal Institution have been inspiring generations of budding scientists since the first lectures in 1825. This year, Dr Kevin Fong, an expert in space medicine, will open a window onto today’s most exciting space missions, explore the future of space travel, and offer a unique insight into the challenges of protecting human life in the hostile environment of space.

I hope these Lectures help to show that science is the ultimate team effort. To send a human into space requires the combined imagination and creativity of thousands upon thousands of people, from a huge range of scientific and engineering disciplines, all working together. No one person can ever see all the moving parts, but every person is vital in the process.

– Kevin Fong

In the past two years, I’m a Scientist, and I’m an Engineer have joined forces with the Ri to give school students and the public the chance to ask questions inspired by the lectures. This year it’s the turn of I’m an Astronaut, Get me out of here!

Dr Kevin Fong [Image: Paul Wilkinson]

The CHRISTMAS LECTURES and I’m an Astronaut

The lectures will be aired on BBC FOUR over the festive period and will then be available to watch on BBC iPlayer and then on the Ri Channel from January 2016. From December through to the end of January 2016 students and the public will be able to log in to ask any questions inspired by the How to survive in space theme. We’ll have a team of scientists, researches, engineers, and experts, including Kevin Fong online answering questions, and taking part in live chats with schools all over the UK.

Take part in the CHRISTMAS LECTURES Zone

Teachers — Take part in a live chat with your students: If you’ve applied to take part in any of the I’m an AstronautI’m a Scientist, or I’m an Engineer events, you’ll get an email in October asking if you’d like to register your students for the 2015 CHRISTMAS LECTURES Zone. If you’ve not already applied, head over to

Help answer questions from school students and the public: Does your work or research relate to the How to survive in space theme? If you’d like to join the team of experts answering questions from school students and the public. Drop us an email at, with your details and a couple of sentences describing your work and how it relates to the 2015 CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

Information on tickets

Tickets to the filming of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES will be made available by ballot to Members and Fellows of the Royal Institution and UK registered schools only. The online ballot will run for two weeks during September. For information on the different levels of Ri memberships available for all ages and to find out how to apply for tickets to this once in a lifetime show, please visit

For more information on the entire series, please visit You can watch past CHRISTMAS LECTURES for free on the Ri’s science video channel:

Posted on September 1, 2015 by modjosh in News. 1 comment

One Response to The 2015 CHRISTMAS LECTURES: How to survive in space

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