Virtual meet the scientist

Event information

Event type: Meet the scientist, talk, streamed

Location: Streamed online via Zoom

Capacity: One class

For year 9+ (ages 13+)

This workshop is designed to be run from classrooms and is not currently bookable for pupils learning from home.

Duration: 45 min

Ticket prices:

Refundable £35 deposit

These streamed talks are hosted by a science communicator who will interview one of the scientists who works at the Museum in London.

This event is an ideal opportunity for students to meet and ask questions to a working scientist and discover how science works in a real-world setting. Discover more about the scientist’s research and how they use the Museum's vast collections to answer big questions about the planet. 

Students will also be able to ask about careers in science and hear about the scientist's own experiences of science at school and beyond.

A range of different topics are covered depending on the scientist's area of expertise.

Booking information

This show is suitable for Year 9+ (ages 13+)

Please see detailed descriptions below for details about the specific topics discussed on each date. All Meet the Scientist sessions run from 11.15-12.00

From September 2022, the workshop will cost £10. Please be aware that we are only accepting card payments and no longer take BACS payments for school sessions. Please do speak to the contact centre when booking if you have any questions.

Dates and Times

  • Friday 14 October - Colour in Nature
  • Friday 4 November - Parasites and Vectors
  • Friday 18 November - Corals and Climate Change
  • Friday 25 November - Fossils: Evidence for Evolution
  • Friday 9  December - Darwin and the Tree of Life

Colour in Nature

From cryptic camouflage to bright warning colours, nature is filled with every colour imaginable. Your class will discover how colour is produced, perceived and utilised by different animals in nature and how a scientist can study this.

There will also be the chance to ask questions about science careers and opportunities for students in the world of work.

Corals and Climate Change

Your class will have the opportunity to explore the topic of climate change by looking at the impact rising sea temperatures are having on some of the most beautiful marine environments on Earth – the coral reef.

Coral reefs are some of the most diverse habitats in the ocean but they are extremely vulnerable to changes in sea temperature. Many reefs around the world are under threat or have already perished as temperatures rise. Why are reefs so vulnerable, what will happen if the continue to disappear and how are scientists able to track, monitor and stop the decline?

Students will be also be able to ask questions about marine biology, coral reefs, climate change science and careers and opportunities in the world of work.

Darwin and the Tree of Life

Your class will have the opportunity to discover more about Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution through natural selection.  They will learn more about the process of evolution and how it has led to the diversity of life we see today.

Going further, we will look at ambitious and ground-breaking work of the Tree of Life programme which aims to analyse the DNA of animals, plants and fungi from all over the world and understand how they are related to one and other.

Students will have the opportunity to discuss their thoughts about Darwin and his work and how it continues to impact science today. They will also be able to discuss and ask questions with the scientist about science careers and science in the world of work.

Exploring Mars

Students will have the opportunity to discover more about the planet Mars, its environment the past and the present and the hunt for life.

Mars has fascinated scientists for generations. With new technology, scientists are able to explore the planet in new and exciting ways. Meet a scientist who is researching the landscape of Mars and exploring what Mars looks like now and in the distant past when rivers, lakes and oceans could be found on the surface.

Your class will have the chance to ask questions and explore topics about what Mars exploration is really like, the environment and landscape, the new technologies that help us explore the planet and the possibility of life being discovered on another world.

Fossils: Evidence for Evolution

Students will have the opportunity to learn all about fossils - what they are, the different types of fossils that can be found and how they are formed.

Going into further detail, we will then consider how the fossil record gives us evidence for evolution, including evidence of how much (or how little) some species have changed over time and how the climate and environment have varied across time.

Students will have the chance to ask question about what early life might have been like on Earth, and to question and discuss the value of fossil research in the modern world. They will also be able to discuss and ask questions with a the scientist about science careers and science in the world of work.

Parasites and Vectors

Schistosomiasis is an infection caused by a parasitic worm that lives in fresh water. The worms can cause severe illness in humans and is common throughout many tropical and sub-tropical parts of the world.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about parasites and their impact on human health, the life cycle of Schistosomiasis, explore what life is like in the lab and the field for a scientist working at the Museum and some of the challenges involved in working with parasites, their vectors and eradicating a disease.

There will also be the opportunity to ask questions about science careers and opportunities for students in the world of work.

  • FAQ

    What platform will the session be on?

    The session will run on Zoom.

    What technology will I need?

    Minimum requirements: 

    • Computer or other device that will allow you to connect to video conferencing software over the internet and be able to use the chat box function.
    • A large screen and speakers for the students to see and hear the session.

    Recommended requirements:

    • A webcam and microphone so the presenter can communicate directly with the class. If you don’t have these, we can still run the session with your class.

    What happens when I book a session?

    Please call 020 7942 5555  to book your session. Phone lines are open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm.

    When we have taken your details you will be emailed a unique link to pay your £35 deposit. If we don't receive this payment within 48 hours the booking will be cancelled.

    When we have received payment of the deposit, we will send you a Teacher Pack which will contain all the information you will need for the session. 

    This will include:

    • Safeguarding information 
    • The link to join the session
    • A session outline
    • Materials to be printed and used during the session
    • Contact information if you have any questions

    Will be able to test the connection and technology before the session?

    Zoom users can conduct a test call by themselves at https://zoom.us/test if they wish to do so ahead of time.

    There is a 30-minute start time window for you to connect to the session, ask any questions and talk to the presenter before the show starts. A contact number will be provided in your confirmation email to contact us on the day of your session if you have any questions.

    How can the workshop be tailored for students with different access needs?

    Please inform us of any additional needs you might have when booking the show.

    For each session, the following will be included:

    • Closed captions can be used on Zoom.
    • We will have a headphone symbol on the screen to show when loud noises will occur.
    • Word banks will be sent as part of the Teacher Pack when the show is booked.

    Unfortunately, these sessions are not currently suitable for Home Educator groups or schools outside of the UK.

    How will the class ask questions?

    There will be time for questions at the end either written in the chat box or asked by the students via the webcam and microphone.

    What safeguarding measures are in place?

    • All our presenters have enhanced DBS checks.
    • There will only be your class present in the show.
    • A unique password protected link will be sent to you to join the session.
    • The teacher will remain in the room throughout the duration of the show.
    • For more details, please download our online safeguarding statement (PDF 117KB).

    When will I get my deposit back?

    We will process your refund once you have attended the session. This can take 3 - 5 working days to be refunded.

    What happens to my data?

    No videos or photos will be taken of the show. For more information please see our Privacy and Personal data policy.

    Contact us

    Please call our bookings team on 020 7942 5555 if you have any further questions.