The Thomas Hardye School

The Community Lectures at Thomas Hardye


Monday 16th September 2019

The Science of Laughter

Professor Sophie Scott

Sophie Scott

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Tickets available (from School Reception and Dorchester TIC) from September 3rd



Other planned lectures


November 11th Extra lecture sponsored by The Institute of Physics
‘Fireworks: Real Science or Just Bangs?’
Matthew Tosh, TV presenter and pyrotechnician, formerly a teacher

December 2nd 
‘Heligan and Eden and the future set in stone’
Sir Tim Smit KBE, Executive Co-Chair Eden Project International and Executive Vice Chair & Co-Founder Eden Project.

Spring Term 2019

February 3rd or 10th tbc     
'The Creativity Code: How AI is learning to write, paint and think'
Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE FRS, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford.

March 9th to celebrate British Science Week        
‘Volcanoes: from fuming vents to extinction events’
Professor Tamsin Mather, Professor of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford.

Please note our lectures can be subject to change


Venue: All lectures will take place in the School Theatre

Time: All lectures start at 7.00pm

Admission: Free of Charge, tickets available from school reception and Tourist Information Centre (in Dorchester Library) from 9.00 am on release date
(normally 2 weeks prior to each lecture). Maximum 4 tickets per person.

Donations are welcomed at the end of each lecture.
(The money raised goes to charitable causes.)

Thank you for supporting the charities chosen by last year's speakers who were extremely grateful for your generosity:
‘Adventures in Space’ Dr Suzie Imber from University of Leicester £538.63 for The Big Change
‘Tales from Television; bringing the natural world to your living room’ Dr George McGavin from Imperial College & University of Oxford £878.06 for Insectopia Insect Museum, Costa Rica
‘Black holes and quantum computers’ Prof Marika Taylor from University of Southampton £791.93 for The Stephen Hawking Foundation
‘Exploring the Antarctic Deep Sea’ Dr Jon Copley from National Oceanography Centre, Southampton University £771.04 for Candlelighters


See also the Community Lecture Extra Page


Listen to the PodCast of the 'Two Jims' Evening from March 9th 2015

(On March 9th 2015, Professor James Lovelock CH CBE FRS was in conversation with Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE in the Theatre of the Thomas Hardye School. It was a fascinating evening that you can hear again with this audio Podcast)