As well as speaking about the topics she is passionate about, Helen hosts events and debates for a wide range of audiences. She has also been part of many stage shows, including “Robin & Brian’s Christmas Compendium of Reason” at the Hammersmith Apollo, and the Cosmic Shambles tour in Australia and New Zealand. The enthusiasm she’s known for on screen is just as infectious on stage, and she has a clear commitment to open and honest debate, even in the most challenging situations.
Upcoming & Latest Talks
SEPTEMBER 28 & October 1, 2017
New Scientist Live
New Scientist Live is a festival of ideas and discovery, taking place at ExCeL London from 28 September to 1 October. Rooted in the biggest, best and most provocative science, New Scientist Live will touch on all areas of human life. On Thursday Helen will tell us 'We need to talk about physics'. And Helen will be there on Sunday with Robin, Lucie and Matt in Cosmic Shambles Live - an explosion of science, comedy, music and general wonder.
October 14-15, 2017
"Question, Explore, Discover" is a science and skepticism convention which takes place in Manchester. Fantastic speakers from the worlds of science and entertainment will be there for a weekend celebration of science, reason and critical thinking.
October 21, 2017
Wells Festival of Literature
This is the 25th year the Wells Festival of Literature, and it promises to be a very special occasion. Helen will giving the final talk of the festival, at 7.30 pm on Saturday 21 October.
July 08, 2017
The 2017 Bluedot weekend took place on 7, 8 and 9 July, Jodrell Bank Observatory, in Cheshire. Helen wwas 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 looked at how this engine works, how different cultures relate to it, and what the future holds for the blue of our planet.
June 10, 2017
British Humanist Association Convention
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.
June 07, 2017
Cheltenham Science Festival
Our amazing oceans are home to millions of species, regulate the climate and the air we breathe, and are an integral part of the global economy. But they are at risk. What does the future hold for the beating heart of our planet? Helen Czerski, marine conservationist Steve Rocliffe, microbial oceanographer Sonya Dyhrman and marine strandings expert Rob Deaville dive headfirst into our changing ocean. Details.
May 27, 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".
May 20, 2017
Stranger Worlds event at Royal Observatory, Planetarium & Astronomy Centre, Greenwich. Find out where science fact meets fiction in this evening of games, talks, planetarium shows and readings. Guest speakers on the evening include Jon Culshaw, Helen Czerski, Paul Abel and Lucie Green.
April 29, 2017
Scarborough Book Festival
"Books by the Beach". 5-6pm at Scarborough Library Concert Hall.
Cosmic Shambles Live - Australia and New Zealand
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.
February 19, 2017
TEDxManchester 2017 returns to HOME, Manchester.
February 15, 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.
February 06-09, 2017
Book Tour in USA
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.
January 26, 2017
Winchester Skeptics in the Pub
Talk hosted by Winchester Skeptics: "Storm in a Teacup - The Physics of Everyday Life"
January 11, 2017
Oxford Skeptics in the Pub
Oxford Skeptics hosting "We Need To Talk About Physics"
December 14, 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.
December 05, 2016
How to: Academy, London
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.
December 01, 2016
Waterstones - London, Piccadilly
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.
November 25, 2016
IOP East Midlands Branch
East Midlands Branch of the Institute of Physics: Prestige Lecture.
November 23, 2016
Helen talking about her book "Storm in a Teacup - The Physics of Everyday Life".
November 17, 2016
We need to talk about Physics
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.
November 02, 2016
The John Innes Centre
Talk by Helen at the Women in Science event.
October 21, 2016
Archway With Words
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.
October 20, 2016
Norwich Science Festival
October 03, 2016
Talk by Helen at Watford UTC ' Storm in a Teacup - the Physics of Everyday Life'. Public event - free tickets.
September 22, 2016
New Scientist Live
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.
July 18, 2016
Intelligence Squared debate
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.
July 05, 2016
The Noel Turner Physics Festival
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.)
March 18, 2016
2016 Alex Hopkins Memorial Lecture & Dinner
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.
March 17, 2016
Guardian Live event, London
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.
March 15, 2016
Royal Institution event, London
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.
March 05, 2016
WAM Extreme Weather Festival
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."
October 30, 2015
Manchester Science Festival - Balls
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).
October 14, 2015
The Ocean Debates - The Royal Institution
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.
March 20, 2015
Stargazing Live at Leicester
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.