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Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

In the 2021 CHRISTMAS LECTURES, England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jonathan Van-Tam will be joined by a host of top UK scientists (including our very own, Professor Katie Ewer and Professor Tess Lambe) to take a deep dive into the science of viruses.


(Photo: Paul Wilkinson Photography)

Find out more Here

Or watch on BBC iPlayer (Available during 2022)

Episode 1: The Invisible Enemy - Viruses, the immune system and modern day testing Here

Episode 2: The Perfect Storm - The secrets of contagion and the mathematics of disease Here

Episode 3: Fighting Back - The secrets of vaccines, variants and viral genetic codes Here


44th Richard Dimbelby Lecture (2021)

Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert delivers the 44th Richard Dimbleby lecture from Oxford, talking about creating a Covid-19 vaccine in less than a year.

Watch on BBC iPlayer Here (Available 2022)

Viral Variants and Vaccines - Technology networks

What are viral variants? How and why do they occur? What impact can they have on our body's immune system response? These are pertinent questions right now. For this Teach Me in 10 episode, we're joined by Dr. Sean Elias from the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford. In just 10 minutes, Dr. Elias provides you with everything you need to know about viral variants and vaccines. (Note this was written before the emergence of the Omicron variant).

Teach Me in 10: Video Here


The immunologists behind the AstraZeneca Vaccine - Game Changers (BBC Earth)

Meet Amy Flaxman, an immunologist who worked tirelessly to develop the AstraZeneca vaccine to help fight coronavirus.

Facebook Link Here


Photo Credit: Sean Elias, University of Oxford

Breakthrough: The race for the Covid vaccine  (BBC World Service)

Dr Kevin Fong talks to the people (including scientists from the the Jenner Institute) who have seemingly achieved the impossible and created a coronavirus vaccine in a matter of months. BBC: The Documentary


The Race For A Vaccine (BBC Panorama)

The inside story of the development of the Oxford vaccine against Covid-19. Fergus Walsh scrutinises the data that has come out of the trials, and examines the vaccination's efficacy and safety. BBC Episode


Oxford Vaccine Team  | This Morning

They are the team who have given us hope after ten long months of lockdowns, disruption and of course the loss of so many lives. While the world stood still, watching the number of deaths and infections steadily rise, an incredible mainly-female team spent hours hunched over microscopes and trawling through data. All the while juggling the demands of young families and home-schooling. In November the team at Oxford University were finally rewarded with the news that their vaccine was effective and on Monday it was rolled out across the UK. We speak to two of the women behind the jab - Professor Katie Ewer and Dr Maheshi Ramasamy. Broadcast on 06/01/21

Interview Clip Here


What would a world without Vaccines be like?

Thanks to vaccines, many of us have grown up without fear of contracting diseases such as polio and diphtheria. Do we take them for granted? Made as a collaboration between the BBC and Royal Society. Contribution by the Jenner Institute's Dr Mustapha Bittaye.

BBC Video Here


Photo Credit: Sean Elias, University of Oxford

Exploring Coronavirus- Vaccines

The Science Explorer - Brought to you by Technology Networks

What are the steps involved with developing a vaccine? Will we need to be revaccinate the population against coronavirus? We’ll be answering these questions and more, with Dr Sean Elias, Postdoctoral Scientist and Public Engagement Research Lead.

Facebook Video Here

Childrens Section

I Don’t Get It episode 13 – Coronavirus: can it be prevented?

Sky Kids FYI presenter Tilly finds out about previous pandemics, and investigates the work that’s being done to find a vaccine for the coronavirus. 

First News: IDGI Episode 13


Let's Go Live With Maddie & Greg

How do you explain the immune system and vaccines to 4-6 year olds? Maddie and Greg show us how.

These two wonderful episodes are supported by UKRI, with a guest appearance from our very own Reshma Kailath in episode 2.

What Makes us sick? Germs and the Immune System Episode 1

What is a vaccine and how doe they work? Episode 2