Student Lectures

4 October: Why We Die - Simon Watt

Death might not be certain, though taxes, probably are. In this lecture, featuring immortal jelly fish, the world's slowest bacteria and the cast of Alice through the Looking Glass, biologist Simon Watt delves into the surprising science behind why we die, and what the alternatives might be. Come satisfy your morbid curiosity

8 November: Exploring Ocean Wonders - Helen Scales

Oceans cover seven tenths of our planet and are home to a huge range of living things. Dr Helen Scales will unveil the oceans’ living wonders, offer a glimpse into the life of a marine biologist and show why there’s never been a more important time to look after the marine realm.


The Linnean Society Student Lectures are produced in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). They are open to all students interested in life sciences and the natural world. Although mainly pitched at undergraduate level, A-level students are also welcome. If you'd like to be added to our mailing list to hear about future lectures, please click here.

Previous lecturers have included:

  • Dr George McGavin presenter of Expedition, The Dark and Prehistoric Autopsy among others
  • Prof Steve Jones of University College, London
  • Dr Susan Cheyne of the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project
  • Simon Watt presenter of Inside Nature's Giants