Subject: Astronomy. Teaching and learning about the oldest science.

A view of the mountains and the Milky Way across the sky from left to right.
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The Royal Astronomical Society is pleased to announce that our Public Talks for the 2023-24 season will take place at Burlington House at 1pm and 6pm. Please check the schedule as some talks may be online-only due to speaker availability.

This talk is a hybrid event and is free and open to the public and will take place at Burlington House and online at 1pm and 6pm.

To register for the 1pm hybrid talk. 

To register for the 6pm hybrid talk. 


Subject: Astronomy. Teaching and learning about the oldest science.

Curiosity about the cosmos is one of the things that makes us human. People of all ages and all cultures engage with the subject naturally but much of this engagement lies well beyond any formal educational curriculum. In the UK, and throughout the world, the opportunities for developing interest in the subject are manifold and increasingly so given current advances in educational technology. Formal UK qualifications in the subject have existed for some time, spanning the age range. How, in the 21st century, is the understanding of Astronomy being acquired and shared and, as educational practice evolves, how might this be changing?


Prof Kevin Walsh in an astronomy tie and glasses speaking at Parliament.
RAS/Prof Kevin Walsh, Westminster School


About our speaker

Prof. Kevin Walsh is the Astronomer-in-Residence at Westminster School, UK and professor of Physics Education at Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’An, PRC. He is a Fellow of the RAS and the IoP and the editor of the Bulletin of the Society for the History of Astronomy. He is also the Co-teacher for the RAS GCSE Astronomy two-year course and an inspiration to many, to look up.


This event will be hybrid and takes place at the RAS Lecture Theatre at Burlington House, Piccadilly as well as online via Zoom. It will also be livestreamed on our YouTube channel.





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The Royal Astronomical Society,Burlington House


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