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UCL Graduate to give Ri Christmas Lectures 

23 August 2016

Photograph: Paul Wilkinson

This year, Saiful Islam, Professor of Material Chemistry at the University of Bath will be giving the Royal Institute (Ri) Christmas Lectures.

Saiful Islam was an undergraduate and postgraduate student of the department under the supervision of Professor Richard Catlow.

About the 2016 Christmas Lecture

The 2016 CHRISTMAS LECTURES will describe something invisible that drives everything around us, from our bodies to mobile phones, from aeroplanes to all the stars in the universe… ENERGY.

Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it just transforms from one form to another – the challenge is whether we can harness and use it for our own purposes when it changes from one form to another. The three Lectures will take us on an incredible journey through these powerful transformations to inspire the next-generation of scientists.

In each lecture, Professor Saiful Islam will face a big question – what is energy and where does it come from, how can we best make use of it, and how can we store energy to use later on? Along the way we will learn about the energy that powers our homes, the energy that powers our cars and see how the most important machine of them all, the human body, compares to all the gadgets we carry around with us.

While Saiful will have access to amazing cutting-edge technology, it will quickly become clear that we are a long way from meeting the energy demands of the future. The real solutions and great breakthroughs will come from tomorrow’s researchers, quite possibly the young people watching the Lectures.

Be part of the magic

Ri Members and UK registered schools have the exclusive opportunity to enter our annual ballot for tickets to see this highly coveted programme being recorded as live for broadcast on BBC Four.

Tickets to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES are only available to young people aged 11 to 17 at the time of filming. All adults must be accompanied by at least one young person.

PLEASE NOTE The 2016 CHRISTMAS LECTURES will consist of three hour-long Lectures filmed in front of a Iive audience at the Royal Institution over three evenings on Saturday 10 December, Tuesday 13 December and Thursday 15 December. 

Ri Membership

If you’re not an Ri Member, there’s plenty of time to join our community in order to enter the ticket ballot for the 2016 CHRISTMAS LECTURES. Click here for more information about becoming an Ri Member.