Materials Science technician appointed to support the Royal Institution’s iconic Christmas Lectures - to be broadcast on BBC Four between Christmas and New Year

Every year, two technicians are appointed to support the Royal Institution’s iconic Christmas Lectures. One of this year’s talented technicians, Tesoro Monaghan, is based in our department.

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The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures are the leading science lectures for young people. Each year, they bring a different facet of scientific exploration to life through practical demonstrations that fascinate and inform viewers of all ages. They were initiated by world-famous scientist Michael Faraday in 1825, who began his scientific career as a technician.

Every year, two technicians from across the UK are selected to assist a distinguished scientific mind with the delivery of their lectures. This year, Professor Dame Sue Black will be revealing the secrets of forensic science, and she will be joined by Tesoro Monaghan and Matthew Richardson, two talented technicians who have been selected to assist Professor Dame Black with her lectures.

Tesoro, who goes by Tes, is an Engineering Technician (Microprep). She got into a technical career straight out of her undergraduate degree in Materials, inspired by a technician she worked with on her final year project. She said of taking part in the lectures: “I'm just so excited. We’re a family of scientists and we grew up watching these lectures together. I never thought it would be possible to be a part of something that was such an influential part of growing up for me.”

Read more about Tes's involvement in the lectures here

The Christmas Lectures will be on BBC Four at 8pm, on the 26th Dec, 27th Dec and 28th Dec. Find out more here.

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