Oxford’s Botanic Gardens are a wonderful sight at any time of year, but a new lecture series will celebrate the science behind the scenes.

The Botanic Garden Science Lecture Series, which will take place in Magdalen College’s beautiful Daubney Lecture Theatre next to the Gardens, will explore the bountiful botanical research which takes place at the University. In particular, it will focus on humanity’s interactions with the natural world -- and what we can do to avoid damaging it.

The talks will cover a broad swathe of research, ranging from plant collecting and species identification, through analysing the physical structures of flora, to the difficulties we face in minimizing plant extinction in the future.

The Botanic Garden Science Lecture Series runs every Thursday at 8pm in the Daubney Lecture Theatre, from 15th October until 12th November. Tickets cost £8 per lecture or £36 for the whole series and can be ordered online.