World Wild Webs: Our Interconnected Planet
Event type: Evening event, special event
Location: Throughout the Museum
Free, no booking required
It's been 50 years since the Internet revolutionised human connections, but it's not the only world wide web on our planet.
We are part of a much bigger network and scientists around the world are working together to deepen our understanding of Earth's interconnected nature and our place in it.
Part of European Researchers' Night, our annual festival of science is free and offers you the chance to chat to our scientists and uncover cutting-edge research.
Join over 150 scientists and explore networks in nature, sustainable solutions to today's environmental issues, how digital technologies give us access to the latest research and how delving into the past is key to protecting the future of our planet.
This European Researchers' Night project is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 722950.
Plan your evening
Meet researchers from across the Museum and beyond as they showcase stunning specimens and share their cutting-edge research across four different areas of science.
Hall of FameLab
Hosted by Quentin Cooper, scientists have just three minutes to present their research, relying solely on knowledge, enthusiasm and charisma.
Grab a seat and hear short stories from our scientists about their experiences, both in the Museum and out in the field.
What if you had the power to change the world? Join conversations which get into the nitty-gritty of some of the hot topics our researchers grapple with. How do you feel about these issues?
The Coffee House
Join scientists from across Europe for a drink in our EU pub. Mull over a menu of thought-provoking questions, or ask your own, and discover how collaborative scientific research is shaping the future.
Create your own star-spotting artefact to take a look at our skies and learn about light pollution with this exciting citizen science project.
Darwin Centre Atrium and Courtyard
Stars in Jars
Visit the Tank Room to see specimens preserved in spirit, including Archie, the giant squid. Tours are for adults only and will last 25 minutes. Space is limited and a free ticket will be required.
18.00, 18.30, 19.00, 19.30, 20.00, 20.30, 21.00
Zoology spirit building
The Conservation Centre
Visit the Museum's Conservation Centre, where our conservators use cutting-edge preventative and remedial techniques to conserve specimens. Tours are for adults only and will last 45 minutes. Space is limited and a free ticket will be required.
19.00 and 20.30
Meet by the giant sloth in Fossil Marine Reptiles
Discover more about our planet
Europe’s bumblebees threatened with extinction as their habitats shrink
Rising temperatures and habitat loss could spell an uncertain future for bumblebees in Europe.13 September 2023
Invasive red fire ants found in Europe for the first time
Red imported fire ants are one of the world’s most damaging invasive species.11 September 2023
Why we should rewild ourselves and the places we live
When we live alongside nature, we end up happier, healthier and even wealthier. We might even end up rewilding ourselves.
Emperor penguin colonies abandoned after ‘unprecedented’ loss of sea ice
The breeding failure of four emperor penguin colonies is a sign of things to come, researchers have warned.24 August 2023