Saiful Islam to give Christmas Lectures

Saiful Islam, Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath, has been selected to present the much-loved lecture series, which this year is called “Supercharged: Fuelling the Future”.

Luminaries who have previously presented the lecture series include Richard Dawkins, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, Carl Sagan and Sir David Attenborough.

The 2016 programme marks 80 years since its first BBC broadcast in 1936, making it the world’s oldest science series.

Professor Islam said: “To be the Christmas Lecturer for this 80th anniversary year is a huge honour. I’m excited that our celebration of energy offers a wonderful opportunity to explain how current cutting-edge research on clean energy technologies is founded on the Royal Institution’s rich heritage of discovery by greats such as Michael Faraday. And I’m also looking forward to recreating some memorable moments from previous lectures with the help of some very special guests.”

Our President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell said: “This is an incredible opportunity in what is the 80th anniversary of this renowned lecture series and of course our own 50th anniversary here at the University of Bath.  My sincere congratulations to Saiful.”

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jonathan Knight said: “I am very proud that Saiful has been chosen to present these lectures. It’s a wonderful opportunity for public engagement and to showcase some of the high quality research that happens here at Bath, in this case into new materials for lithium and sodium batteries, solid oxide fuel cells and solar cells.”

The 2016 Christmas Lectures will be filmed in the Royal Institution’s iconic theatre on 10, 13 and 15 December 2016. Tickets to the filming of the Christmas Lectures are available by a ballot in September open to members and patrons of the Royal Institution and UK registered schools only. To find out how to join the Ri and apply for tickets to this once in a lifetime show, please visit