Virtual meet the scientist
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
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.
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.
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.