The Society arranges a series of lectures throughout the year at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre, a venue with excellent facilities for both speakers and audience. The Society’s reputation is such that it can attract speakers respected in their professions from all over the UK and from abroad; surgeons, engineers, biologists, chemists, physicists, archaeologists, medical doctors, in fact anyone with an authoritative view on an interesting subject. In the last season topics included astrobiology, quantum metrology, fibre optics, dementia, single crystal castings and the Forth Replacement Crossing. Presentations are always of a high standard and the ensuing discussion period invariably indicates the wide range of interests and experience of the audience.

The meetings are open to non-members, at a small charge. A limited number of tickets can be booked in advance, only by and for Members.

In November the Society holds its prestige lecture given by a speaker of the highest standing. This is a public event and is usually a sell-out. The first was given in 1990 by Dr Richard Dawkins, more recently the list of speakers has included scientists Sir Paul Nurse, Lord Rees of Ludlow and Sir Alec Jefferys, as well as television personalities Dr David Bellamy and Dr Alice Roberts.

For a complete history of previous Erasmus Darwin Lectures please click here.