Virtual Science Events You Can Attend from Home in May


The New York Academy of Sciences presents “Alienating Mars: Challenges of Space Colonization,” a webinar featuring staff scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute Kennda Lynch, Ph.D, lead investigator in the NASA Twins Study Christopher Mason, Ph.D, and astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago Lucianne Walkowicz, Ph.D. Moderated by Brooke Grindlinger, Ph.D, at the New York Academy of Sciences.

Cost: Free for members, $10 for public (Regisiter here)


May 15 (4pm ET): Climate Change: What’s New?

Simons Foundation presents “Climate Change: What’s New?” with atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe. She highlights key results and new science from the U.S.’s Fourth National Climate Assessment and lays out how climate change is affecting regions and sectors across the country. With climate change being one of the most hotly debated scientific issues of today, Hayhoe will also discuss the key role our values play in shaping our attitudes and actions on this crucial topic.

Cost: Free; registration required


May 17 (2pm ET): SEA SHAMBLES

Cosmic Shambles and the Royal Albert Hall present a live stream of science, music, comedy, and wonder featuring Professor Brian Cox, actor and ocean advocate Cobie Smulders, rock band British Sea Power, science broadcaster Liz Bonnin, poet Lemn Sissay, comedian Josie Long, marine biologist Helen Scales, singer-songwriter Jim Moray, performer and rapper Ben Baily Smith, climate scientist Dr Tamsin Edwards, comedian Katy Brand, writer and broadcaster Natalie Haynes, actor Rufus Hound, violinist Dunja Lavrova, laserist Seb Lee-Delisle, performer David McAlmont, singer/songwriter Grace Petrie, actor Reece Shearsmith and musician Steve Pretty. Hosted by Robin Ince, Helen Czerski, and Steve Backshall.

Where to stream it: cosmicshambles.com/seashambles
Cost: FREE; optional donation tip jar



New Scientist presents a live stream with Vlatko Vedral, professor of quantum physics, University of Oxford, and author of Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information. In this online lecture, Vlatko Vedral will explain how the whole universe can be seen as an entangled web of quantum bits. Following Vlatko’s fascinating and absorbing lecture, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions about quantum physics and the nature of reality. Hosted by Valerie Jamieson, New Scientist Events’ creative director.

Cost: $15 (Buy here)
Price includes attending the live stream, the ability to watch it on demand for 12 months, access to an additional 40-minute lecture filmed at New Scientist‘s Instant Expert physics and mathematics masterclass, and bonus New Scientist content including a printable poster of the structure of reality.


Weekly, Saturdays (6pm – 8pm): RACE TO MARS

MURDER MYSTERY ONLINE: Space agencies around the world are competing to be the first to reach Mars in a new global space race, but this fight has suffered a setback. After months of travel, the spaceship that was in the lead and was about to reach the red planet has been the victim of an explosion and has disappeared into the darkness of the galaxy. The rest of the space agencies are now suspected of sabotage and you have become one of the key investigators. In order to get hold of relevant information, you’ll have to interrogate suspects and look for clues. Will you be able to solve the case and unmask the culprits? Mystery fans can’t miss out on this thrilling experience!

Cost: $12 (Get tickets)


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