Talks

Future events:

Scarborough Book Festival - 29 or 30 April 2017

"Books by the Beach". 5-6pm at Scarborough Library Concert Hall. Contact The Stephen Joseph Theatre for tickets.

Hay Festival - Sat 27 May 2017

This year is the 30th anniversary of Hay Festival, and it will run from 25 May to 4 June. Helen will be there at 2:30pm on Saturday with her "Storm in a Teacup".

British Humanist Association Convention - Sat 10 June 2017

BHA Convention in Cambridge, over the weekend of 9–11 June. Twelve speakers are announced, including BBC science broadcaster Helen Czerski, social psychologist Karen Douglas, human rights and counter-extremism activist Sara Khan, environmentalist Mark Lynas, along with theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili and BHA Chief Executive Andrew Copson. Details here.

Bluedot Weekend - Sat 8 July 2017

The 2017 Bluedot weekend will take place on 7, 8 and 9 July, Jodrell Bank Observatory, in Cheshire. Helen will be at 'Mission Control', talking about our planet's ocean. This gigantic and dynamic water reservoir has a huge effect on our everyday life. Our weather and climate depend on it, and the battles, trade and food supplies influenced by it have shaped our civilisation. We'll look at how this engine works, how different cultures relate to it, and what the future holds for the blue of our planet. Tickets can be ordered here.

New Scientist Live - 28-30 Sep 2017

New Scientist Live is a festival of ideas and discovery, taking place at ExCeL London. Rooted in the biggest, best and most provocative science, New Scientist Live will touch on all areas of human life.


Past events:

Cosmic Shambles Live - Australia and New Zealand - March/April 2017

Cosmic Shambles LIVE is a variety show that celebrates curiosity and reason, an explosion of science, comedy, music and general wonder, with a great sense of fun. Hosted by comedian and writer Robin Ince, best known for co-hosting The Infinite Monkey Cage, and joined by a cast of world leading scientists, comedians and performers - a show to make you laugh and make you think. cosmicshambleslive.com
Cast on tour: Helen, Professor Lucie Green, Josie Long and Matt Parker.


TEDxManchester - Sun 19 February 2017

TEDxManchester 2017 returns to HOME, Manchester.

Royal Institution - Wed 15 February 2017

Helen takes us through some of the little everyday oddities that shed light on some of the most important science and technology of our time. Once the patterns are visible, a new perspective on the world beckons. In the Royal Institution theatre. Details here.

Book Tour in USA - 6-9 February 2017

Seattle, WA - at Seattle Town Hall: Talk and book signing.
Portland, OR - Science Pub series: Talk and book signing.
Washington, DC - at Smithsonian Associates: Talk and book signing.
Albany, NY - New York State Writers Institute: Campus talk event, for writers.
Albany, NY - at the Performing Arts Center.

Winchester Skeptics in the Pub - Thu 26 January 2017

Talk hosted by Winchester Skeptics: "Storm in a Teacup - The Physics of Everyday Life"

Oxford Skeptics in the Pub - Wed 11 January 2017

Oxford Skeptics hosting "We Need To Talk About Physics"

Bookomi, London - Wed 14 December 2016

Join Bookomi's Richard Kilgarriff and Helen, as she explores the patterns and connections that illustrate the grandest theories in the smallest everyday objects and experiences.

How to: Academy, London - Mon 5 December 2016

Helen's talk How The Universe Works: The Physics of Everyday Life explains how everyday phenomena – from the forces that make popcorn pop to the swirling clouds of milk in a cup of tea – open the door to understanding the grand patterns of the universe.

Waterstones - London, Piccadilly - Thu 1 December 2016

Helen will join a fantastic selection of authors appearing at Waterstone's special Christmas event. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and mince pies, the musical stylings of the excellent Dotted Crotchets string quartet and a range of activities throughout the shop.

IOP East Midlands Branch - Fri 25 November 2016

East Midlands Branch of the Institute of Physics: Prestige Lecture.

Waterstones, Manchester - Wed 23 November 2016

Helen talking about her book "Storm in a Teacup - The Physics of Everyday Life".

We need to talk about Physics - Thu 17 November 2016

When we hear about physics, we often hear about the weirdness of the tiny quantum world or the bewildering vastness of the cosmos. But there's a lot in the middle, and it's time someone starting talking about it. In this talk, Helen is taking us through some of the little everyday oddities that shed light on some of the most important science and technology of our time. Event hosted by the University of Exeter.

The John Innes Centre - Wed 2 November 2016

Talk by Helen at the Women in Science event.

Archway With Words - Fri 21 October 2016

Helen will be speaking at the ArchWay With Words annual festival. The AWWW festival features literature, science, history, comedy, poetry, theatre, film and music in a week long odyssey of fascinating events.

Norwich Science Festival - Thu 20 October 2016

Norwich Science Festival: two weeks of science at The Forum and other venues across Norwich. Helen's talk is titled Ocean: the Engine of our Planet.

Watford UTC - Mon 3 October 2016

Talk by Helen at Watford UTC ' Storm in a Teacup - the Physics of Everyday Life'. Public event - free tickets.

New Scientist Live - Thu 22 September 2016

Festival of Ideas & Discovery: talks, debates, exhibits, demonstrations. Interact with the latest technology and engage with 100 of the world’s most original thinkers. Takes place at ExCel, London, from 22 to 25 September.

Helen taking part in the BBC Radio 4 'Inside Science' recording, with astronaut Tim Peake and astrobiologist Zita Martins. Host Adam Rutherford asks 'What is left for us to explore?'

Talk by Helen titled: Coasts, Currents, and Conflicts.

Intelligence Squared debate - Mon 18 July 2016

Does time exist?
Was our universe born from a Big Bang, or from a Big Bounce triggered by a former universe imploding?
Is this the only universe, or are there infinite ones, all expanding in parallel and out of sight of each other?
These are just some of the questions that will be tackled by world-renowned physicists Carlo Rovelli and Christophe Galfard when they come to the Intelligence Squared stage and are joined in conversation by BBC science star Helen Czerski. The venue is the Royal Geographical Society, in London. Watch the video.

The Noel Turner Physics Festival - Tue 5 July 2016

Taking place at Cowes Enterprise College, on the Isle of Wight, the Festival concludes with a FREE session open to all. This will feature Helen, who will talk on "Oceans", followed by a stage show by Wonderstruck, and opportunities to visit and enjoy the "Fringe": stalls, activities, demonstrations and exhibits by science and technology companies (BAE Systems, GKN, Vikoma, RFEL etc.) and various organisations (Vectis Astronomy Society, The Institute of Physics, IW Technology Group etc.)

2016 Alex Hopkins Memorial Lecture & Dinner - Fri 18 March 2016

Churchill College, Cambridge.
This year’s lecture, entitled 'Ocean: the engine of our planet’ is to be given by Dr Helen Czerski. The lecture will explore the idea that, whilst we live on a blue planet, most of us rarely touch that blue. The oceans are remote and inaccessible without ships or scuba gear, but as this gigantic and dynamic reservoir flows around our planet, it has a huge effect on our everyday life. Our weather and climate depend on it, and the battles, trade and food supplies influenced by it have shaped our civilisation. Helen will tell us how this engine works, how we study it, and what the future holds for it.

Guardian Live event, London - Thu 17 March 2016

Helen will chair Ed Miliband and George Monbiot in conversation.
"Are we failing to grasp clear global consensus on how to tackle climate change?"
Join former leader of the Labour party Ed Miliband and best-selling author and Guardian leader writer George Monbiot as they debate the implications of the historic Paris agreement.

Royal Institution event, London - Tue 15 March 2016

Helen will chair an event titled The search for life in oceans beyond Earth.
Where is the best place to find living life beyond Earth? It may be that the small, ice-covered moons of Jupiter and Saturn harbour some of the most habitable real estate in our Solar System. Life loves liquid water and these moons have lots of it!
Dr. Kevin Hand, Deputy Chief Scientist for Solar System Exploration at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, will explain the science behind why we think we know these oceans exist and what we know about the conditions on these worlds.

WAM Extreme Weather Festival - 5 March 2016

Taking place at the University of Exeter: a day of talks and events centred on our experience of extreme weather - with a special look at the Devon floods of the winter of 2013/14.

"Saturday evening will feature a wonderful opportunity to come and hear one of Britain's most exciting and engaging science communicators, Helen Czerski, as well as put your questions to our panel of eminent scientists, including Prof Dame Julia Slingo OBE FRS, Chief Scientist of the Met Office, during our Climate Change Question Time panel event. This will be a ticketed event, so you will need to book."

Manchester Science Festival - Balls - 30 October 2015

Helen will join mathematician Katie Steckles and other guests in the giant ball pool, as part of Manchester Science Festival, at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry.

Miss the fun bits of your school science lessons? After School Science Club is an opportunity for those who've outgrown the classroom but still want to learn. Join Katie, and a carefully curated selection of science expert guests, for an adults-only evening of science and maths talks, table-to-table live demonstrations, experiments and hands-on exhibits. Plus a bar. And no homework (hurrah).

The Ocean Debates - The Royal Institution - 14 October 2015

To celebrate the Royal Research Ship Discovery’s visit to the Thames, Helen presents a night delving into the mysteries of the deep. It’s going to be a lively evening, with fascinating nuggets of real science brought out by suspiciously simple-sounding debates.
With Alok Jha - ITV science correspondent, Helen Scales - marine biologist, Stephanie Henson - plankton expert, and Mark Brandon, Polar oceanographer.
Expect to learn a lot, laugh a lot and to challenge the experts as they keep the debate afloat.

Stargazing Live at Leicester - Friday 20 March 2015

This year BBC Learning is holding a one-off spectacular free event on Friday 20 March at Leicester racecourse to coincide with the solar eclipse. The event will be open from 9am to 3pm and from 6pm to 9.30pm and will encourage astronomers old and new to look towards the sky. With contributions by Helen and many other special guests.

Christmas Science Ghosts - 15,16,17,20,21 December 2014

Robin Ince conducting five nights of comedy, music, nonsense (and quite possibly Judge Dredd), at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London.
Helen appears on Sunday 21 December as one of many guests in 'The Ghost of Christmas Present'.

The Trouble Club - Wednesday 26 November 2014

Helen joins the trouble makers with her Bubblology talk.

Ada Lovelace Day - Live! - Tuesday 14 October 2014

A Cabaret of Science for Ada Lovelace Day 2014, hosted by Helen Arney. There will be talks and performances from Roma Agrawal, Caro C, Hannah Fry, Konnie Huq, Naomi Kashiwagi, Turi King, Steph Troeth and Helen Czerski, all sharing their inspirations and their passion for science, technology, engineering and maths. The Royal Institution, London.

Brighton Sea Life Centre - Saturday 11 October 2014

Skeptics in the Shark Tank. A night of science, comedy and good conversation.
Includes Helen talking about 'The world beneath the waves'.

British Science Festival, Birmingham - 9 September 2014

The British Science Association Festival. Talk by Helen: Carnival of the animal senses

Animals and Engineers: Learning from Nature - 3 September 2014

An evening event celebrating the engineering solutions that animals have built into themselves, and what we can learn from them using some of the amazing specimens from the Grant Museum of Zoology.
This event ties in with the BBC2 series “Super Senses: The secret power of animals”, presented by UCL research fellow Helen Czerski and biologist Patrick Aryee. Helen will talk about the process of filming this series, the science she learned, and what it’s like for a physicist to have to wade into a swamp full of alligators. And then UCL engineers will share some of their cutting-edge animal-inspired research projects followed by a discussion of where this might lead in the future.
The Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, University College London.

Manchester Girl Geeks Tea Party - 10 August 2014

Sunday afternoon Tea Party, with talk by Helen: Carnival of the Animal Senses.

Winchester Science Festival, Winchester - 26 July 2014

Helen, asking What’s up with the jet stream?.

Cardiff Science Festival - 18 July 2014

Talk: Carnival of the Animal Senses.

Cheltenham Science Festival, Cheltenham - June 2014

A variety of events including:
What’s up with the weather?
What Shape is Water? - Andrea Sella, Mark Miodownik and Helen
Animals and their extraordinary senses

Pint of Science, London - 19 May 2014

Exploring scientific topics at the pub.

Cafe Scientifique, Henley-on-Thames - 9 April 2014

Science for the price of a coffee. Talk by Helen: Bubbles - the bath and beyond

Natural History Museum, London - 9 March 2014

'Science on the High Seas' - talks by Helen.

Science Museum, London - 7 March 2014

Talk by Helen: Investigating Interesting Things. This event is in celebration of International Women’s Day on Saturday 8 March and is pitched for pupils in Years 6 and 7.

Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People - 16, 17 & 18 December 2013

Bloomsbury Theatre, London. A sell out every year since it started in 2008, the smash-hit rational Christmas celebration curated by Robin Ince returns for a sixth year of science-infected comedy, song and rationalist repartee.

British Science Association, Newcastle - 7 September 2013

Each September the British Science Festival transforms a different UK city into a vibrant celebration of science, engineering and technology. Helen is a panel guest in 'What's the Point?', at the Northern Stage.

Soho Skeptics, London - 4 September 2013

Talk by Helen. Helen thinks that "Our daily environment is a science toy box, and that playing with its treasures isn’t just a luxury. These toys give us the scientific foundation needed for some of society’s biggest decisions".

Winchester Science Festival - 20 July 2013

Talk by Helen: Science Toys.

Cheltenham Science Festival, 4-9 June 2013

Wed 5 June (2:15pm) - Ice Age. Join Alice Roberts as she talks all things icy with Helen Czerski and archaeologist Matt Pope.
Thu 6 June (4:30pm) - 'Operation Iceberg: below the waterline'. Helen and Dr Richard Bates share their experiences of working in one of the most inhospitable environments in the world.
Thu 6 June (8:30pm) - Dara O Briain invites you to join his Science Club. With a crack team of experts – including Mark Miodownik, Helen Czerski and Alok Jha – he brings us the very latest, astonishing science that will transform our lives, our future and our understanding of the universe!
Sat 8 June (4pm) - 'So you want to be a presenter', with Andrew Cohen and Kate Bartlett.
Sat 8 June (7pm) - Hosting 'Science Heroes Top Trumps', with Kevin Fong, Lucie Green, Adam Rutherford and Mark Miodownik.
Sun 9 June (4:15pm) - 'A World of Science Toys'

British Science Association, London - Thursday 16 May 2013

Science Communication Conference - the annual event for those involved with public engagement to share ideas and best practice. Helen is a panelist on the 'Science on TV' session.

QED Convention, Manchester - Saturday 13 April 2013

Talk by Helen at QED (Question, Explore, Discover)

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton - Saturday 23 March 2013

Two talks by Helen at the Ocean and Earth Day.

University of Southampton - Wednesday 20 March 2013

TEAtime lecture - an event for National Science and Engineering Week.

ThinkCon 2013 - Saturday 16 March 2013

Cambridge Science Festival. Talk by Helen: A World Of Science Toys.

Institute of Physics - Tuesday 19 February 2013

Talk by Helen - part of the 'Physics in Perspective' lecture series for 16 to 19 year-olds: Bubbles in the ocean (and how a bubble can matter for a planet).

The Royal Institution - Tuesday 12 February 2013

Debate chaired by Helen - with Marcus Brigstocke and scientists Dr Felicity Mellor, Prof Bruce Hood and Prof Barry Smith: Science and the dark art of persuasion.

Isle of Wight Café Scientifique - Monday 11 February 2013

Talk by Helen - Bubbles: The Bath and Beyond.

Guardian Blog - 31 December 2012

Champagne bubbles – it's all in the glass.

Winchester Skeptics - Thursday 29 November 2012

Talk by Helen at Winchester Skeptics, Winchester, Hampshire.
Bubbles: The Bath and Beyond.

The Royal Institution - Family Fun Day: In deep water

Family Fun Day activities, discovering the mysteries of the deep and making waves in Mayfair, on 3 November. Contributions by Helen.

The Royal Institution - Science News Quiz

Topical panel show on 10 October forming part of a series curated by Alok Jha. With special guests, Matt Parker, Helen Arney, Prof Jon Butterworth, Timandra Harkness, Dr Helen Czerski, some demonstrations and lots of science!

British Science Festival - Aberdeen - September 2012

Talk - "Bubbles: Beyond the Bath". Bubbles in liquids are a fascinating and important part of our everyday world but we still associate them mostly with having baths. Helen took the audience on a tour around the amazing ways that bubbles matter in oceanography, medicine and the natural world.

The Times Cheltenham Science Festival - June 2012

"Singing Bubbles" demonstration as part of the Southampton Roadshow, in the Discover Zone.
Helen discussed the making of the programme "BBC Orbit: Earth's extraordinary journey".
Panel discussions "Scientists in the spotlight" and "So you think you want to be a presenter?"

Transit of Venus - June 2012

Helen's Guardian blog - Watch the transit of Venus and dream of other worlds

Thinking Digital - May 2012

Technology, Ideas and our Future, at Gateshead.

Floating about on the ocean...

Helen returned at the end of April 2012 from a research trip to the Southern Ocean. She had flown to Stanley in the Falklands to join the RRS James Clark Ross for a month to study the bubbles formed by breaking waves in the ocean south of Chile. Her blog on the trip was hosted by the Guardian science webpages.

"23 degrees" blog

Helen's "23 degrees" blog written during 2011 while filming the BBC2 programme "Orbit: Earth's Extraordinary Journey".