Yuletide Disquisitions?? Come on!

I twitted earlier this week an Open Letter to the Royal Institution by Ian Gent in response to the bizarre and quite frankly ludicrous decision by the RI to trademark the term “Christmas Lectures”. I agree with the points made by Ian as well as others (see here and here). I find it quite offensive to the scientific and science communication communities to make it illegal to use the term Christmas Lecture if you happen to organise an event where a lecture will be given during the Christmas period… I suppose people will have to start organising Yuletide Disquisitions…

Detail of a lithograph of Michael Faraday deli...

Detail of a lithograph of Michael Faraday delivering a Christmas lecture at the Royal Institution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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