Royal Institution Christmas Lecture 2019 Live Screening. Dr Hannah Fry. Credit: Paul Wilkinson

‘How to Get Lucky’ – Ri Christmas Lecture Live Screening

4:30pm - 8:30pm / Thursday 12th December 2019 / Venue: Central Teaching Hub
Type: Lecture / Category: Department / Series: Liverpool Women in Science and Engineering
  • Suitable for: Family Friendly event aimed at 11-17year olds
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Join us for an exclusive opportunity to enjoy a live screening of one of the Royal Institution’s iconic Christmas Lectures at the University of Liverpool ahead of its broadcast on the BBC this December. This year, 18 hosts around the country have been chosen to live screen the filming. The University of Liverpool is extremely excited to be able to offer this opportunity to families in Merseyside.

This year’s lecture series is entitled 'Secrets and Lies: the hidden power of maths' written and presented by mathematician and TV and radio personality Dr Hannah Fry. Across the three Lectures Hannah will show us how to decode life’s hidden numbers, helping us all to make better choices, separate news from fake news, and take back some of the control we have lost. And by asking big ethical questions, she will warn how our unwavering faith in numbers may lead to disaster. Are there problems maths shouldn’t be allowed to solve? Do computers have too much control over our lives? Is it right that AI can decide who lives or dies?

On THURSDAY 12th DECEMBER the University of Liverpool will be screening the first of the three lectures “HOW TO GET LUCKY”

In Lecture one, Hannah seeks to find the luckiest member of the audience. It seems a sensible plan. The biggest events in your life – finding the perfect partner or a job, staying healthy and happy – rely on a huge element of luck. Or does probability allow us to understand and predict complex systems?

This is a family friendly event with the lecture being aimed at 11-17yr olds.

In addition to this, the University of Liverpool will be hosting a “Science Festival” with lots of hands on fun activities for the hour before the lecture. This is an opportunity to come and meet real life scientists doing research at the university and see how maths is used in all areas of science from health and life sciences to physics and engineering.

Free refreshments will be served during the Science Fair.

Science Fair will run from 4.30pm-5.30pm

If you are not arriving for the Science Fair please arrive by 5.30pm for the start of the lecture.

Lecture should end by 8.30pm

Lecture will be held at the Central Teaching Hub,

The CHRISTMAS LECTURES are produced by Windfall Films Ltd for BBC Four. Filmed in the iconic lecture theatre at the Royal Institution, they are broadcast on three nights between Christmas and New Year.